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Changing opinion, not 'flip-flopping'

Posted: December 8, 2011 9:05 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The term “flip-flop” has come to be one of the most caustic charges that can be thrown at a political candidate, and rightly so. It’s hard to like a candidate who appears to bend his views to suit whichever audience he’s addressing, and candidates who insist on taking one position one day and another the next day don’t appear to be serious. But sometimes we as voters and political observers take this position to an extreme, pushing people into never changing their positions lest they be termed flip-floppers.


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