@Sunshine31 - I agree with you. I think that the very definition of pandering leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. For example, how can you be prolife and then prochoice. It is virtually impossible to have had both political opinions because they have diametrically opposed viewpoints.
When politicians change their minds on fundamental issues like this it always leaves me a little suspicious of their motives. It always makes me wonder if they just conducted a political poll and determined that one opinion is more favorable than another.
Pandering like this really has such a negative connotation that it really plays into the negative stereotype of the average politician.