Well, here's how the Washington Post does it (or attempts to do it ...):
At 51, Deeds frequently describes himself as a "work in progress" -- the product of growing up on a farm, on the hard side of a mountain where the unexpected was the norm and where anyone who couldn't compromise was inviting failure."Trimming and finessing." That's how the Post describes Deeds's being for tax increases but opposed to them. And being for gay marriage amendments while at the same time being opposed to them. Being against gun control before he was for it before he was against it.
To supporters, his capacity for change suggests the promise of his leadership: that, never having been wed to ideology, he is capable of responding even-handedly to the array of economic and social challenges facing Virginia. To his skeptics, the trait merely evinces Deeds's habit of trying to appeal to different constituencies by saying "yes" and "no" to the same question.
Deeds's climb up the ladder of the House of Delegates, the state Senate and a successful Democratic primary run represents the triumph of political malleability over ideology. He has spent a career trimming and finessing positions to win votes in the General Assembly and expand his coalition by building a statewide profile as a somewhat conservative and unpredictable Democrat.
Trimming and finessing.
I don't know.
Down here in Southwest Virginia, where "finessing" is something we do with a post hole digger and woven wire farm finesse, we prefer to think that Deeds's words and actions exemplify the fact that he either has his head buried up his ass and hasn't the first clue as to what he believes, or he's just another two-bit, lying northern (forget where he once called home) liberal politician who doesn't believe in anything beyond getting elected.
In either case, his "trimming and finessing" need to be trimmed and finessed outta here.
And as for the Post's feeble attempt at spinning Deeds's flip-flops into something not so damaging, may I humbly suggest that the geniuses there get someone else to to the ... deed. This effort didn't cut it. Why not give James Carville a call? I hear he's looking for gainful employment.