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#1 2013-03-22 21:18:29

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 937

"Bully puppet" for bully pulpit

The White House is a marvelous soapbox, according to Theodore Roosevelt, the poor man’s friend. It is hard to discern clearly what users of the altered imagery of a bully puppet are getting at. It may be a pure mondegreen. In the hits collected below, the sense seems to vary, but leans toward coercion by some sort of self-appointed or tinpot regime. Punchinello takes the stage.

Both of these surgeons general were operating from a bully puppet in areas of health care policy. Both seemed to operate as physicians first and doctrinaire conservatives second.
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No more fun and games show now just a bully puppet for whatever fucking Hamptons inspired “Hey let me join the rich wives club” that dimbat Beth wants to be included in.
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fewer and fewer bloggers seem to allow anyone to disagree with them. those comments are increasingly being “filtered out” along with the spam. and that’s when commenting is even turned-on at all. some people seem to prefer having a bully-puppet.
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Otherwise, various strange comments suggest that politicians don’t have a bully puppet, but are bully puppets. This one is easier to understand. Sort of.

that sounds about right, he’s been a bully puppet from the git-go….
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#2 2013-03-23 02:56:56

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2116

Re: "Bully puppet" for bully pulpit

The switch, y’know, almost makes sense—if you don’t think of a bully pulpit as a place but as a thing, and you aren’t quite sure what a pulpit is.

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