While he certainly changes his positions almost as often as he takes a stance, I don't think his flips are a result of changes of heart, but the cold political calculations of a dangerously opportunistic customer. (If he truly changed his mind as often as he changes his positions, we'd have conclusive evidence of his mental instability.) Kerry knows exactly what he believes, but often can't afford to be honest about it. But it is his real beliefs more than his vintage vacillations that scare me the most.
There's a big difference between changing your mind to accommodate changed circumstances and reconsidering a position due to a change in the direction of the political winds. I don't have the space or patience to rehash all of Kerry's changed policies on Iraq, culminating in his confession to David Letterman that if he were president, we would not be in Iraq. But I am confident that none of his flips were a result of thoughtfulness, or even of indecisiveness, but raw political expedience.
I have no idea if John Kerry truly ponders issues carefully and deliberately, Perhaps he does in contemplating his next checkers move. But frankly, on policy decisions, it's hard to envision him weighing anything other than their potential impact on his political fortunes, because at his core, John Kerry is plainly a narcissist.
All indications are that John Kerry is not a deliberative, thoughtful guy. Do you remember his reaction to the publication of the 9/11 Commission report? He was so anxious to use that report as a weapon against President Bush that he advocated adopting all of its recommendations before he'd even had time to read it -- heck, before Evelyn Wood would have had time to speed read it.
I was struck by the sheer irresponsibility of Kerry's precipitous pronouncement on the report. No serious person could claim that his headlong "lurch" to embrace the commission's recommendations was born of nuance, complexity, thoughtfulness, deliberation, flexibility or leadership. It was abject, reckless political posturing.
The partisan media aren't interested in thoughtfulness or nuance, but in portraying John Kerry in the most favorable light. Given the nature of the man, they have their work cut out for them.