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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Maybe it’s not hypocritical for Democrats and Republicans to flip-flop on issue of NSA surveillance
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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As the chart above makes clear, lots of rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats have changed their minds about National Security Agency surveillance over the past seven years.

Seth Masket argues HERE that such flip-flopping is defensible:

In my view, it’s hard for poll respondents to evaluate NSA surveillance, or any powerful government tool, without considering who’s in charge of it.

When people are asked what they think about the government having this power, they’re implicitly being asked what they think about President Obama having this power. Is it really hackish for people to be more comfortable with a governmental power if ...

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