Comment of the Day: When a politician's views "evolve"

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Is ridgid consistency really a virtue? Depends who's judging and what their own positions are.
Yesterday, we told you about how Eden Prairie GOP House candidate Sheila Kihne's is being criticized by her fellow Republicans for stuff that happened 20 years ago.

In Kihne's case, she's taking heat for moving from more liberal to more conservative on social issues. But maybe she shouldn't -- after all, as the years go by, one's views are bound to change.

Consider the case of President Obama. His views have also changed, though in a direction that cuts with the grain of history better than Kihne's "evolution" does:

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We're not sure to what extent LGBT contributions played a role in Obama moving from being for gay marriage to opposed to it to being in favor of it once again, but money is at the core of the criticism Kihne is receiving. Some of her fellow conservatives point out that a budget she helped craft while involved in University of Minnesota student government -- a budget that funded an LGBT group while leaving two conservatives ones out in the cold -- is inconsistent with the values of the Minnesota Family Council, a social conservative group that has spent a lot of money on her campaign.

Then again, it should be kept in mind that the Family Council is funding 2014 Sheila Kihne, not the 1994 version.

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Justin Gillette
Justin Gillette

The President clearly was always in favor of gay marriage but never said so to help his political career until it could help him get reelected then he "evolved". I have no problem with changing your mind unless its totally opportunistic.

Jim Freundschuh
Jim Freundschuh

I have more respect for politicians who pay attention to their constituency rather than ones who coast along on blind dogma, voters be damned.

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

Rigid? You work as a journalist??

worksman
worksman

Clearly, Obama has 'evolved' on ending the war in Iraq. Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen.

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

Many of the people I know think about marriage equality differently now than they did a decade or two ago. I am not surprised that includes him.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

We're talking about politicians here. They follow the money like bad entitlements. To assert any one side, and their flipping on issues, is more just or righteous just because it happens to be "trending" is small thinking and playing to the masses.

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