Skip to comments.Despite Bush Flip-Flops, Kerry Gets Label
Posted on 09/22/2004 8:27:34 PM PDT by Pikamax
Despite Bush Flip-Flops, Kerry Gets Label
By John F. Harris Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 23, 2004; Page A01
One of this year's candidates for president, to hear his opposition tell it, has a long history of policy reversals and rhetorical about-faces -- a zigzag trail that proves his willingness to massage positions and even switch sides when politically convenient.
The flip-flopper, Democrats say, is President Bush. Over the past four years, he abandoned positions on issues such as how to regulate air pollution or whether states should be allowed to sanction same-sex marriage. He changed his mind about the merits of creating the Homeland Security Department, and made a major exception to his stance on free trade by agreeing to tariffs on steel. After resisting, the president yielded to pressure in supporting an independent commission to study policy failures preceding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Bush did the same with questions about whether he would allow his national security adviser to testify, or whether he would answer commissioners' questions for only an hour, or for as long they needed.
Democrats working for John F. Kerry cite these twists and turns with glee -- but even more frustration. Polls have shown overwhelmingly that Kerry -- with his long trail of confusing and sometimes contradictory statements, especially on Iraq -- is this year's flip-flopper in the public mind, a criticism that continued to echo across the campaign trail yesterday.
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Because Kerry is a metrosexual looser who is kept by that hag of a wife of his.
And bush is not any of those things.
Kerry Campaign Mascot:
(From King's Inn San Diego)
(That's Sir Waffelot.)
I doubt the Democrats know how lame this is. As a kid it was called being a copy cat.
Im sorry JK has the patent on FLIPPITY FLOP
...and in addition, some guy in Texas says Bush used to wear plad pants and now doesn't. Oh the humanities...
Doesn't this qualify for an in-kind contribution?
What's Kerry's position on Iraq? Someone straighten me out please, cause I'm in the dark.
You know if these things the Post lists were significant, the Democrats would be flooding the airwave with spots on them.
''But it is important to see the contrast in approach between the two men: President Bush, a leader who is willing to stick with difficult decisions even as public opinion shifts, and John Kerry, whose record in elected office suggests a man who changes his position often even on important issues...
Yes, people in public office at times do change their minds, I've done that, or they realize they are wrong or circumstances change. But John Kerry has made it the rule to change his position, rather than the exception.'' --- Rudy Giuliani, August 24, 2004, GOP Convention
This is a "Page 1" story!!!! It should be on the opinion page.
Washpost 'fishwrap' news is fit only for throwing out coffee grinds and other foul garbage. Like the NYT. Only these newspapers would try to label GWB with 'flip-flopping' because everybody knows that 'what you see is what you get' with Bush. He says what he means and means what he says.
One thing's he's got the same position on: he was in Vietnam. (rolls eyes)
Did you know that? ;)
That's true. They say the Child Is Father To The Man. Kerry has found his way out of Mekong Delta only to get stranded in the Sands Of Iraq. The more things change, the more...
"Despite Rhonda gaining 5 lbs, it's Becky who gets labeled obese....(at 300 lbs)".
They're trying to work up new things in the wastes of the CBS explosion.
Walk on wretched lefty press.
Stevens, who has been studying Kerry since advising then-Massachusetts Gov. William H. Weld (R) in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat the senator in 1996, said Kerry's very manner exacerbates the flip-flop impression: "He says these things with great condescension, [suggesting]: 'If only you were as smart as I and understand this that these issues are too complicated to have a consistent position.' . . . People have a good internal detector of the difference between nuance and confusion and opportunism."
The left trying to paint W as a flip-flopper comes across as a childish game of "I know you are, but what am I". If they want to play, they should at least try something original.
Thank you. I was thinking the exact same thing.
Hey -- the Dems are welcome to try to label Bush as a flip-flopper (I know some already have). Let's see if it sticks.
Wastington Post.. BEWARE.... the pajama people come out at night too... There could be one right under you're bed right NOW... Hear a "rustling sound" do you, its probably the pajama people.. SLEEP LIGHTLY..
Kerry says he's got one position on Iraq, as he draws yet one more line in the quicksand.
Thank goodness the Washington Times was brought back from publishing oblivion to give the nation's capital one decent newspaper.
Post #11 Pic Bump !!!
Thanks so much for the laugh !!!! IMHO, it's the BEST pic of F'n that I've seen yet !!!!
First the "W is for wrong" approach. Now the "I know you are but what am I" approach. Jeez, what the hell is next, I am rubber your are glue. . . . .
Flip-flopping does not mean you have changed positions. Flip-flopping means you have switched positions back and forth repeatedly. Bush has changed positions on some issues, but that is hardly the same thing. Kerry has taken one stand, then taken the opposite stand, then reverted back to the original stand. It is the back and forth, not the change, that establishes the flip-flop.
By definition, the fact Bush has positions he formerly opposed is not "flip-flopping." Not unless he went back to he former positions.
LOL! They only started that W for wrong after we said that the F John "F" Kerry's name was for Flip-Flop.
A great dedication to looking younger, bet he is getting his regular BOTOX injection, along with sexy teresa right about now...
And a great belief in high quality sports gear, outfits and vacation homes.
The man is so girlish it is breathtaking.
the WaPo email edition headlined this story for maximally negative effect on the president, the partisan &*%$#@s:
Despite Bush Flip-Flops, Kerry Wears the Label --
The president has reversed his policy on issues ranging from free trade to same-sex
marriage over the past four years, but Democrats say their candidate is the only
one being caricatured as a flip-flopper.
(By John F. Harris, The Washington Post)
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