What does “finger in the wind” mean in this quote is from James Comey’s book - A higher Loyalty
this phrase came out in regards to Vice President Dick Cheney’s opinion for the Stellar Wind program and that he didn’t want to change his opinion on legal frame of the program. The context is that in healthy organization, doubt is wisdom, but in political sphere doubt is considered as weakness. the phrase used here is “I am not talking about finger-in-the-wind, I’m afraid-to-make-a-decision kind of doubt.”
What I found out so far is meaning of “making a decision that the crowd will most likely like it” but I do not think this is the use case in this sentence.