I am afraid you are absolutely correct. His withdrawal will only serve to embolden those who will allow no one with differing views to have a say. It is interesting that the left's intolerance for conservatives is attacked with much the same vengeance as the old time racists attacked blacks in a day gone by. This is true no matter whether we are talking gay marriage, endangered species, or any other left agenda. The noise and the absolute hatred for those with an opposing view is so similar to the noise and absolute hatred for rights for blacks in former time.