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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 08, 2011

John McCain: This is Obama’s downgrade, not the Tea Party’s

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - John Kerry went on 'Meet the Press' [yesterday] morning and called S&P’s action on American credit a “Tea Party downgrade.” The longtime Senator from Massachusetts insisted that the dysfunction in the government was the fault of small-government conservatives who refused to add revenue increases to a package of spending cuts that would have achieved a “grand bargain” satisfactory to S&P, Moody’s, and other bond-rating agencies. David Gregory’s next guest was Kerry’s Senate colleague John McCain, last heard castigating Tea Party activists as “Hobbits” who should “return to Middle Earth.” McCain’s tune has changed in the interim, however, as he rejected Kerry’s characterization of the downgrade and instead put it on the man who never had a plan:


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