You are absolutely right that, in the final analysis, it is a betrayal of the constitution and the people. I still think it was a good decision since we have long stopped being a limited constitutional republic and have dived headlong into pure democratic tyranny of the majority. I am sure it weighed on his mind whether to draw a line in the sand and start a political fight. It may have proven foolhardy or not but, we will never know. He finessed it and the outcome of that will be known although it may take some time to find out.