What if monkeys could fly?
It's the political bandwagon. I find it rather unreasonable to believe a grown man suddenly has an epipheny regarding freedom on one specific special interest group. Usually, such would encompass an overall resolution of individual liberty. In this case, it is painfully obvious that politicians will do and say whatever (where did I hear this from in the last election cycle??? Hmmm...) it takes to secure their positions.
Lets take the Patriot act as another example. Reid was for the initial bill, then he was against it, and then later again for it. It's all backslaps, side deals and hand washing in Washington. What he believes and what he does are based exclusively on what he can get out of it and with which team he plays.
We don't know that this is true at all.
He may have a family member or someone else close to him who came out of the closet and he came to see the error of his thinking.
On the other hand, you may be correct, but it's still just your opinion - TASB's reality.