Harold Ford Jr. On "Flip-Flops"
February 2, 2010 1:49pm CST
You may be aware that Harold Ford Jr., former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate from Tennessee, is considering challenging Kirsten Gillibrand in the primary the Senate in New York. He's made some rookie mistakes recently and has been accused of being both a "carpetbagger" and a "flip-flopper". Since running for the Senate in 2006 and leaving the House, Ford has gotten married and moved to New York. He has established residency in that state so he's met the legal requirements to run for office there. I guess it will be totally up to the voters of New York whether or not they accept an "outsider" or not but I understand New Yorkers have been known to be more open to that than people from most other states. However, his stance on some key issues may be another story. On a recent "Colbert Report" Stephen Colbert mentioned an earlier interview with Wolf Blitzer in which Ford had said he was opposed to gay marriage while in a more recent interview with Matt Lauer he'd said he was in favor of it. Ford admitted that he'd changed his position on this issue and credited his wife and close friends for his shift. I give him credit for that! I don't think there's anything wrong with a "flip-flop" as long as the person is honest about it and gives an explanation of their change of heart. What do you think? Annie : http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/02/02/harold-ford-jr-takes-some-ribbing-on-ny-residency/
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
3 Feb 10
It's a fine line between a political "flip flop" and changing ones mind over time with life experiences influencing our beliefs. I know I have changed a lot of my positions over the years. One must look at the timing and circumstances of the change.
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• United States
3 Feb 10
I agree. I've always said that what may be called a flip-flop isn't necessarily a bad thing. What's BAD is when someone flips back and forth between positions depending on where they are and to whom they're speaking but I thought Ford's explanation was quite reasonable. I'm sure his past positions had a lot to do with the environment in which he was born and raised. Annie