Flip-O-Meter bounces back to life
By Bill Adair
Published on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
Our Flip-O-Meter pretty much took the winter off.
In the past few months, we didn't see many significant flip-flops. So the Flip-O-Meter has not seen much action.
It bounced back to life recently because of statements about Libya by President Barack Obama and potential Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich. Obama earned a Full Flop because his decision to bomb Libya in support of rebel troops was the opposite of his position on such military actions in 2007.
Gingrich also earned a Full Flop for his position on Libya. He said on March 7 that Obama should establish a no-fly zone and then, once Obama did that, said it was the wrong thing to do.
PolitiFact Virginia also used the Flip-O-Meter to rate the statements of former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who was largely against running for the U.S. Senate and is now . . . a candidate.
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