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Flip-flopping is not a new insult on the political scene, neither is it one that is rigidly defined. While a strict definition of flip-flopping involves quick and abrupt reversals of opinion, the label is thrown at politicians who change their opinions, often no matter the time frame. While opinion change can reveal very positive character traits such as flexibility and open-mindedness, a review ... read moreof the media's usage of the term during political campaigns demonstrates that the term is used as an insult: labeling politicians as insincere, untrustworthy, or poll-pandering.
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