Must read: Bush flipflopping in the wind
Mark Kleiman gives us a play-by-play of Bush's acrobatics on the Patients-bill-of-rights issue. Long story short:
So having helped kill all state laws that do the thing he says he's for, and having refused to support a federal law that would do the thing he says he's for, or even a lesser law that would allow the states to do the thing he says he's for, the President's spokesman says the President is still for a patient's bill of rights. I think it's hard to call that either a flip-flop, since the President's actual position remains what it has always been, or a new straddle, since the President's rhetorial position also remais what it has always been. It's just that the actual and rhetorical positions are opposite to one another.Thanks to Kevin for the link.
So I think this latest move has to be called neither a flip-flop nor a straddle, but simply a lie.