This is what a prominent Republican looks like when he has to explain how he's come to take a political position that is to the left of, say, Hillary Clinton.
And all this gasping and shaking is for one of those dumb activist resolutions city councils come up with that have nothing to do with governing their city. What would he do if a bill to require alternate-side-of-street parking came to his desk?
To be fair, he comes from an uptight age. An age in which people would watch a film like this and then describe it as a "historical epic".