It seems to me that calling Kerry a flip-flopper is not an insult. People change their minds all the time - it is a sign of intelligence. It would be absolutely ridiculous for a person to not flip-flop when presented with new intelligence. Think of all the great "flip-flops" in history: WWII Pre-Pearl Harbor: Not important for America to join war Post-Pearl Harbor: Important for America to join war Slavery Pre-Civil War: Not a bad idea Post-Civil War: Bad idea Terrorism Pre-9/11: Bin Laden sucks but not big enough threat to invade countries Post-9/11: Bin Laden is such a threat Afghanistan must be invaded I fear the man who does not change his mind. Bush did it. He was originally opposed to creating a Department of Homeland Security but realized one might be needed. He was opposed to the 9/11 Commission but is now implementing its recommendations. Flip-flopping, as the word is used to describe Kerry, is a sign of mental maturity. Never changing one's mind means nothing has been learned from experience.