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Robert Shrum

He’s not a flip-flopper; he is a shape-shifter

John Kerry pauses during a 2004 campaign 2004 speech. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff John Kerry pauses during a 2004 campaign 2004 speech. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
By Robert Shrum
November 23, 2011
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There’s a new and misleading story line that casts 2012 as a replay of 2004: Democrats, it’s said, will borrow a page from the Bush-Cheney reelection playbook, brand Mitt Romney a ”flip flopper,” and try to transform him into John Kerry. Kerry and Romney have little in common except central-casting presidential jawlines. In 2004, Kerry inartfully and too memorably said he voted for $87 billion supplemental appropriation for operations in Iraq voting against it. It was a self-inflicted wound, the memorable trigger for an instant and persistent attack. But it was no flip-flop.

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