Category Archives: Flip Flop

Conservatives Should Think Twice About Newt

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Great article from the Editors of Washington Examiner that outlines who the real Newt has been—and will be—once in office:

Gingrich has long been a fan of Dr. Donald Berwick. Berwick just resigned as President Obama’s director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare. Obama put Berwick there because of his professed love for Britain’s socialized medicine.

Gingrich wrote this in a Washington Post op-ed published in 2000: “Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has worked for years to spread the word that the same systematic approach to quality control that has worked so well in manufacturing could create a dramatically safer, less expensive and more effective system of health and health care.”

In his 2005 book, “Winning the Future,” Gingrich put it this way: “We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system.”

More recently, as The Examiner’s Byron York noted yesterday, Gingrich has been seen as an ultimate Washington insider, as exemplified in that $1.6 million he was paid to represent Fannie and Freddie, and his work with Nancy Pelosi on behalf of cap-and-trade. Such facts make it difficult not to view Gingrich as an exemplar of Washington’s professional Republican politicians who talk the talk to get elected, but often don’t walk it once in office. He has an answer for such worries no doubt, but will it persuade Republican voters, many of whom watched in frustration as the Contract with America faded into political oblivion?

 

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John Kerry: a Flip-Flopper Out of Principle

Former Union President John Kerry

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John Kerry is finally getting to avenge his defeat to George Bush by hammering Mitt Romney on his flip flopping on the issues. You see when Democrats flip flop, it’s out of principle. When Republicans do it it shows how unprincipled they are.

From Politico:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) launched a broadside against his fellow Massachusetts politician Mitt Romney on Sunday, calling him a flip-flopper.

“There are few people I’ve met in public life who have changed on as many issues as he has,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

“Every major touchstone of American politics — from abortion to guns to war to God to gays, you name it,” Kerry told David Gregory. “People will make their own judgments about that.”

Kerry was famously accused of flip-flopping during his 2004 presidential campaign by President Bush. Kerry contrasted his flip-flop on the Iraq war with Mitt Romney’s evolution on the issues.

“I did it as a matter of principle,” Kerry said. “I’ll defend that until the day I die. He’s going to have to defend his positions throughout this race if he’s the nominee.”

If you want to see for yourself, here is a link to the video. The magic starts at 12:08

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