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What a Difference Four Years Make - Flip Flopping (as in McCain) is Now Churchillian

Reported by Melanie - June 17, 2008 -

Remember back in 2004 when all we heard from the right was the Swift Boating of John Kerry's military record and endless chatter about his flip flops, flip flops, flip flops? Well, now that John McCain is flip flopping like a desperate fish gasping for air, the right is comparing flip flopping to Winston Churchill. Ah, yeah. (You can't make this stuff up.)

The first segment today (June 17, 2008) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto featured guest Tom Feeney (R-FL) (one of the 22 most corrupt members of congress), who was on to talk about how John McCain will "outline an offshore drilling plan today at 5:00 p.m. in Texas." Substitute host Brenda Buttner wondered about McCain's flip flopping. (You might be surprised that Buttner would ascribe such a negative term to one of her own, but doing so is a tactic I've seen Cavuto employ countless times. It's a way of preemptively spinning criticism that the audience might hear from other sources.) Buttner: "I think Senator McCain may be accused of flip flopping on this issue but as you say, sometimes opinions do?

Feeney: "Winston Churchill once famously asked [sic] when he had changed his position on an issue, he said, ah, I paraphrase, 'When facts and circumstances dictate a change of policy, I change my position. What do you do?' That's what American leaders in congress need to ask themselves."

Comment: I have no problem with growing and maturing and evolving. As a matter of fact, I applaud it. But I do have a problem with the sheer, straight-faced hypocrisy coming from the right, which vilified Kerry for "flip flopping" but now equates doing so to a man who is broadly pictured by the American public as a wise and deep thinker. I mean, we continue to live in a Twilight Zone-like place where up is down and round is square and flip flops "prove" you're willing to say anything to get elected but then they don't.