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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, August 15, 2011

George Will: Making Presidential Race A Referendum On GOP Nominee Is “Barack Obama’s Best Hope”

(By Josh Feldman, Mediaite) - After getting the big scoop on Tim Pawlenty’s departure from the Republican race, ABC’s Jake Tapper turned the focus to fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann, and asked if she would be “unelectable” at the national level.

Given that Pawlenty and John McCain did better in Bachmann’s congressional district than the congresswoman herself, Tapper wondered if the Republican establishment was right to worry that if she won the party nomination, Bachmann would not be able to win a general election against Barack Obama.

Panelist George Will suggested this is exactly what the president and his reelection team want to happen over the next year.

Barack Obama’s best hope is the Republican nominating electorate. He does not want this to be a referendum on his record, he wants it to be a referendum on the fitness for office of the Republican nominee.


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