WTF? The GOP has been hanging internal dissenters and Democrats alike out to dry on precisely this point for the past several years, contrasting the alleged virtue of “staying the course” with so-called “cutting and running.” In precisely those words. Out of Bush’s mouth, on a number of occasions. Consistency fetishists that they are, “stay the course” has been a cornerstone of their political strategy.
That is literally delusional.
I guess it’s not a flip-flop when Republicans do it.
(As a thought experiment, the reader is invited to imagine what the news media and the commentariat would do to a major Democratic figure who so literally and thoroughly reversed themselves.)