Interestingly enough he is still trying to appear principled on the matter.
Here’s what he said at a fundraiser (the paragraph has been since deleted from the CNN piece on “no regrets”)
“I actually have pollsters, so I know when things aren’t popular. I know when they don’t poll well. But I was not sent to Washington just to do what was popular. I was sent to do what was right.”
It’s ironic and idealism is the first thing coming to mind when Michael Bloombarg and Barack Obama take identical actions.
Jon Stewart figured it too