And why do you think that was? Maybe he just expected to get shouted down if he voiced any right-leaning views or worse, the kind of anti-administration sentiments we so lavishly bestowed upon Bush.

Seriously, man, this is a tough room to survive in if you're a conservative. And I can empathize because where I am, I've been in some real bricks & mortar rooms where survival as a liberal is no easy task.