Asked by Fox News’ Bret Baier about his “flip-flop” on immigration reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded by unilaterally redefining the term: “A flip would be someone who voted on something — and did something different,” he averred.
This is really a remarkable example of political spin. According to Walker’s definition, you can change your mind as many times as you want — on as many hot-button issues as possible — so long as your past public support didn’t involve casting a vote. It’s a pretty convenient argument for a Midwestern county executive, turned governor, to make (although, even this deserves an asterisk).
This new rule would seem to entrap his opponents who are in the U.S. Senate, while largely granting him a get-out-of-jail-free card on a large number of issues.
Perhaps I have misjudged Walker’s craftiness. This is almost a Clinton-esque ability to spin.
Note: The author’s wife formerly advised Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign, and currently consults for RickPAC.