Posted by Messier

Is it changing your opinion based on new information or is it changing your opinion based on the ebb and flow of public opinion?

There is a difference between just being stubborn and having the courage to defend an unpopular position because you know it's the right thing to do.

Posted by Vaxadrin

"Flip flopping" is simply a derogatory term used as a talking point for the media.  Truth be told, situations change, that is the nature of the world.  I respect someone more if they look at new things that arise and say "Well I guess I've gotta look at this/do things differently now."  Had the Bush administration not been so stubborn, we probably wouldn't be in the mess we are today with Iraq.