Is it still a bully pulpit when the networks cede the same amount of time to 1/435th of another branch of government?

Just wonderin’.

If a Prez can’t do some presidentin’ on the teevee without his governing opponent nipping right at his heels, does he have a bully pulpit any more?

3 responses to “Is it still a bully pulpit when the networks cede the same amount of time to 1/435th of another branch of government?

  1. I’m sure Hitler or Stalin didn’t have to worry about their “opponent nipping at his heels”. It’s a democracy Moe. A battle of ideas. Not just what the King say’s.

    I did like Obama’s speech but as long as the GOP is hijacked by the crazy Tea Party there is gonna be big trouble ahead. Prepare for marshall law in the next 2 weeks.

    I also wonder what it was like in the Soviet Union before it collapsed. Did the people know it was coming? Do we know it is coming?

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    • I get your point JP (by the way, nice to see you around!). But these full scale rebuttals to a Presidential speech (like SOTU or last night) are new in the last few decades. We didn’t used to do that and I think Presidents had more gravitas that way. I do think it’s important htat a Pres be seen – and thus treated – as not just another voice. He is the chief executive of the country. He is the Chairman of the Board. He has been elected to speak and act for ALL the people at least for the duraiton of his presdiency.

      Opposition is important and indeed sacred. But equivalency is another thing. The voice of the opposition is in no way stiffled. But it doesn’t need to be treated as exactly the same when a prez speaks to the country.

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