"Why can't he wait and go with the rest of his Dem rats in Washington?"
Becasue he has to make the appearence of being "non-partisian" and "above the fray".
Remember...with the RATS it's style and appearences over substance and morals any day of the week.
THe issue here in NOT that the guy thought this..it's probably human nature, and politics ain't beanbag; rather it is that he is STUPID enough to admit publicly on the record to the media that he thought it..
Like Sampley told Kerry at the Viet Nam Wall "Kerry you dont belong here"