As a political flip-flopper myself, I will not criticize Bachmann's conversion. I just find her stated reasons flimsy. I don't think we need to bring patriotism into a discussion of our political affiliations.
Dick Cavett does his homework. He's a witty conversationalist. His writing is as sharp, witty and engaging as his talk show hosting was. All this begs the question: Why is this man not currently hosting a TV show?
General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.