I’m so sick of “flip flopping”

No, I'm not actually sick of flip-flopping politicians, I am totally sick of it as the basis for political attacks.  The world is complicated, not everything has a simply black or white answer.  Context matters.  Sometimes one thing makes sense at others a different approach will seem sensible.  Of course, the flip-flopping attack has been the basis of Republican attacks on Democratic presidential candidates for decades.  Doesn't mean I like it any more when Democrats use it against each other. 

I like John Edwards, I understand his need to attack Hillary Clinton.  But this kind of stuff completely turns me off:

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) ? Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, said Sunday that he “can't tell” where Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, stands on a number of issues.

“I mean, she says she's for ending the war, but she'll continue
combat missions in Iraq,” Edwards said. “She says she's for standing up
to Bush on Iran, and she votes with Bush on the Iranian Revolutionary
Guard.”

“[She] said that she was not for doing anything with the taxes for
social security, and then apparently she told somebody in private that
she was. I mean I don?t know.”

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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