Case in point: Mitt Romney. Remember how John Kerry was a bad man for "flip flopping" on a bunch of stuff? Sure, it mostly involved minor stuff and quotes taken out of context, but those gigantic flip flops at the GOP convention made for compelling TV. This guy Romney looks to be an even worse flip flopper, but instead of it being silly stuff, it's about the GOP meat and potatoes: he was for gays before he was against them, he was for a woman's right to choose before he was against it, and he was for gun control before he became a life-time member of the NRA. Ruth Marcus, talking about his abortion stance, puts it nicely:
But it was also hard to see how a man with deeply held convictions on abortion rights -- either for or against -- could take a position so calibrated and inconclusive. Listening to Romney that day was like watching a chameleon in the fleeting moment that its color changes to suit its environment. Indeed, several months later, after vetoing a bill to expand access to emergency contraception, Romney wrote in the Boston Globe about how his views on the subject had "evolved and deepened."
And did I mention he's from Massachusetts?