It seems like part of the problem for Senators or Representatives is that they have almost too lengthy of a political record. We can keep track of every possible Congressional flip-flop. See, for example, that Slate.com article I linked in another thread that has a lengthy, but far from complete, list of John Kerry's many waffles. While that laundry list suggests that Kerry is a man who can't seem to take a solid position on anything (and I do believe this of Kerry), can a similar kind of recounting also suggest someone who is willing to compromise--a necessary art in Washington if one is to survive.
Compromise can spin toward "weasel," or it can indicate political astuteness. It all depends on where one is willing (or unwilling) to compromise. But I would think that the longer one stays in Congress, the more likely there is to be a record of flip-flops. And these thick, fluffy, syrup-covered waffles look like someone who can't make a decision without checking to see if it'll hurt his reelection bid.
Then there's the whole "Washington Insider" label, which is probably just a reflection of the same thing anyway. Seems like if you're a Congressman, running for President is much harder than if you've got a background as a Governor.
Edited by Drew, 11 March 2004 - 03:04 PM.