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Triangulation is a process in politics whereby a candidate tries to juggle their position(s) on issues so as to be located between all perspectives on it.
This would describe a "moderate" position, except in this case the candidate has cobbled it together from focus groups and other means of "testing the water," rather than coming to think their position is logical and valid.
It can involve a lot of what is now called "flip-flopping" or "U-turns" on issues, as a candidate travels down the road of their career, and even in the course of a single election.
 See also
- Hillary Clinton – learned it from Bill in pillow talk sessions
- Mitt Romney – It's a tortuous path from Utah to governing Massachusetts to running in the Southern Baptist primaries!
- Rand Paul - Has zigged and zagged so many times it makes...
- John Kerry not look like a flip-flopper at all!
- Donald Trump - Trump maintains high favorables because he's still a blank slate. That would change over the course of a general election with him as the nominee, when he becomes strongly identified with "Team Red" or "Team Blue". For now, he's relying on tribalism and hyperbole to distance himself from the GOP.
- ↑ Often a candidate must run to the extreme fringe that turns out for party caucuses or primaries, and then head back towards the "center" for the general election.