Portrait of a man who pretty clearly doesn’t want to be there. Almost as amusing as Etheridge’s let’s-try-this-again rephrasing of a question to which she wants a very particular answer is Richardson’s own puzzling reaction. Does he think it’s a choice or did his knee just jerk that way because “choice” is usually the correct response to any question involving sexual policy in a left-wing forum?

If he genuinely believes it’s a choice, he had a startlingly convenient conversion immediately following the debate:

Richardson released a statement moments after the event, saying that he had misunderstood the question and that he does not believe people choose to be gay.

He got a question about this, too, but dodged it fairly expediently.