Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Flip-O-Meter bounces back to life

Tim Kaine's announcement that he is running for Senate prompted PolitiFact Virginia to fire up the Flip-O-Meter.
Tim Kaine's announcement that he is running for Senate prompted PolitiFact Virginia to fire up the Flip-O-Meter.

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.

Until now.

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.