Too many people lack guts today. Some might call it fortitude, some might just call it balls, but however you say it, there seems to be a shortage of it. The pharisess were so against Jesus, but that's about all that they stood for. When they are trying to figure out the answer to his question, they never mention what they really think. Rather they just feel trapped by either answer they could give. I think Jesus would have respected them more if they just would have given their answer.
We're just like the pharisees, though. We look for the easy way out, or the "right" answer, rather than speaking our convictions. I wonder how different my life and ministry would be if I really spoke my convictions and held to them unswervingly. JM