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You Will Need
- Some double-talk
- Extenuating circumstances
- Hairs to split
- The passive voice
- A scapegoat
Brazen it out
No matter how blatant your flip-flop, flatly deny that there’s any conflict between what you said or did then and your position now.
Use the "taken out of context" excuse
If pressed, explain indignantly that your words or actions were 'taken out of context.'
Be audacious! Explain your flip-flopping with an authoritative, 'I was for it before I was against it'—as if changing your mind was the result of measured thinking, not political expediency or plain indecisiveness.
Use nonsensical double-talk to explain that you didn’t contradict yourself. 'Surely everyone can consider that that might something that we haven’t, which is to say misunderstanding that of course might never have occurred.' See?
Argue that times have changed
Argue that you have remained steadfast—sadly, it’s the times that have changed.
Fight fire with fire
Someone has dared to point out your inconsistencies? Don’t waste your time defending yourself – spend it on the offense instead, attacking your accuser’s integrity.
Cite extenuating circumstances
Cite an extenuating circumstance. You were distracted, tired, tricked, sick, upset, low on blood sugar, high on cold medicine.
Further muddy the waters by splitting semantic hairs—like mulling over what the meaning of 'is' is.
Blame your gaffe on not having the facts
Put some of the blame for your gaffe on not having all the facts. Blame someone for not providing you with those facts—or blame the fact themselves.
Continue to backpedal, spin, and dodge until a new scandal takes center stage.