Tuesday, February 24, 2004

One way to look at things...

Reacting to Republican charges that Kerry is a waffler, Josh Marshall responded that:
"For this administration, all facts are fungible or perhaps infinitely malleable.

"Indeed, I'm really not sure you can say the president is a waffler at all. His policy positions remain fairly consistent over time. It's not his positions that change, but his facts.

"I'd almost say that the president -- or the White House, more broadly -- is something like the inverse of a waffler. He continues with policies even after the factual arguments upon which he initially justified them collapse entirely."

I think this is a good way to frame a potential choice between Kerry and Bush: Which is worse, changing your positions in deference to the facts or changing the facts in deference to your positions?

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