Goodbye Flip-Flopping, Hello 'Evolving'
Howard Kurtz: It's too late for John Kerry, but now all the cool kids are doing it
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
In this April 2 photo, John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – John Kerry once got nailed for saying he voted for a measure "before I voted against it"—he was called a flip-flopper. But that was the old days. Now, politicians have a "linguistic escape hatch" to avoid such accusations, writes Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast: They just say their views are "evolving." "I mean, who could be against that?" Kurtz asks. "It is practically professorial rather than a shameful cave-in." Evolvers include everyone from Sean Hannity, who "evolved" on immigration following the election, to the president himself.

President Obama said his feelings on gay marriage were "constantly evolving"; apparently, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski also has "evolving" views on the issue. When Bill Clinton recently backed ending the Defense of Marriage Act he signed, a former aide said he'd "evolved." The truth, per Kurtz: "It's not so much that they have evolved as that they have seized a politically safe moment to do what they already wanted to do. Or, to put it more gently, they had to wait for the country to evolve" on the issue. Click for the full piece.

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BCS
Apr 3, 2013 11:47 PM CDT
Skull and Bones first, American Second. Nothing evolved about him.
Riddler13
Apr 3, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
I think the media has done "Stupid" a great service in making any change in views---i.e. LEARNING---a "gotcha" moment. It is within the media's power and purview to support learning, thinking, changing, adapting, (yes) evolving as the highest responsibility of public servants who are awake and aware. But instead, it's chosen to point fingers every time someone appears to have changed their mind from the time they were twelve. "Flip-flopper" alert!! YOU COULD instead provide praise and deserving cover for the learners.
finkster
Apr 3, 2013 3:03 PM CDT
"They just say their views are "evolving." Politicians never evolve, they just lie about everything The only difference between them and criminals are they can bribe themselves out of trouble Oh wait...rich criminals can do that too.....never mind