Flip-Flopping Kaine Meme Getting Traction

So far, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has managed to get away with flip-flops on two major issues — no new transportation taxes without a lockbox, and support for a marriage amendment — without serious repercussions. Oh, sure, Republican legislators, conservative bloggers (including myself) and the other usual suspects tried to make an issue of the reversals, but Kaine could brush off the huffing and puffing as long as the Mainstream Media treated it as the usual partisan bickering.

But that could change. Jeff Schapiro offers a nuanced perspective in his column today. He doesn’t accuse Kaine of lying, as some of the Governor’s more partisan critics have done, but he does declare that Kaine has “wangled — some detractors might say weaseled — his way out of a previous position.”

As a senior member of the capital press corps, and one not known for Republican sympathies, Schapiro could give the flip-flop charges some traction. Kaine had better not reverse any more positions — especially the moderate stances that helped him get elected — or he soon could have a full-fledged credibility gap on his hands.


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