September 22, 2004


Despite Bush Flip-Flops, Kerry Gets Label (John F. Harris, September 23, 2004, Washington Post)

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.

Geez, this is just sad--a series of minor tactical shifts and staffing decisions are supposed to be comparable to the Senator's periodic reversals on whether Saddam Hussein should have been removed from power?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2004 11:37 PM

a) I don't think the flip flop charges do anything more than make the Kerry campaign lood desperate.

b) Let's hope Bush has learned that no matter what a Republican does, he cannot win a major industrial or service union endorsement. It's a law or something. He can win blue-collar votes without the union imprimatur. He just can't take advantage of the free campaign organization that comes with an endorsement.

Posted by: Dave Sheridan at September 23, 2004 7:00 AM

Most of us outgrew "I know you are but what am I" a long, long time ago.

Looks like the Democrats and Senator Kerry haven't. Hopefully the voters will decide to leave the adults in charge.

Posted by: Mikey at September 23, 2004 11:14 AM