Archive for August 3rd, 2004

Who’s the REAL Flip-Flopper?

Flips, flops, and flounders by President Bush

In a presidential campaign filled with unintended ironies, perhaps the greatest is Rove’s attempt to paint John Kerry as a “flip-flopper,” an obvious attempt to blur his image with Clinton’s in the eyes of the base. The irony in this is particularly poignant because Bush has reversed himself more times than a manic-depressive swing voter.

Now as a dedicated liberal who believes in matching policies to facts and evidence, I don’t think that this is a bad thing in and of itself. Entirely aside from the hypocrisy, however, many of the administration’s flips were based entirely on self-serving political interests. Worse, some of his reversals were on moderate stances the Bush campaign took in 2000. It would be easy to get the impression that Bush wasn’t being — could it be? — entirely honest.

While there are a lot of liberal sites out there that cover Bush’s, er, imperfect record on “staying the course,” I believe that one of the best is Flip-Flopper-In-Chief by the excellent Center for American Progress. Here are a few of my favorites:
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