Tuesday, March 09, 2004

"Both sides on every issue" 

I'm worried by the new Republican mantra that Kerry tries to "take both sides on every issue." We shouldn't be too quick to dismiss this as empty propaganda. It just sounds too much like the accusations in 2000 that Gore was a man who would "say and do anything to get elected." In combination with the whole "inventing the internet" nonsense, this meme was hugely damaging to Gore's credibility. Matt Yglasias has a great column deconstructing the "both sides on every issue" attack. And here's an impressive list of Bush's flip-flops. Like many of Kerry's supposed flip-flops, many of these just don't sound that bad. I think the message should be that it's okay to change your views on the issues once in a while.
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