Do you feel that your hopes for national political office were sacrificed?
Don't make me laugh. I don't mean it. I didn't even see it coming. That may be overly dramatic. They certainly weren't enhanced. I'm not doing this well. Paul, uh, were they sacrificed?
Just give us a sentence beginning with something about your hopes for national political office.
Well I think it, I'd be less candid or fair if, if I didn't put some of my action within the context of, of wanting like any other young politician to move up and, uh, I had, uh, as this all began, had been nurturing quietly in my own mind the possibility of a, that I might be able to sort of try my wings nationally. And, and so I had just begun to develop in my own mind and, and with others a strategy to explore a chance for a mayor to reach out for or search or try for national office. And that went from a primary place in my mind to very much in the back of my head as the battle began. And then I knew that, uh, those hopes or ambitions were, uh, were snuffed out, that I couldn't both do busing and retain any realistic hopes that, uh, that, uh, I would be very much more than a mayor. But when I entered the battle I had, like all young men, illusions of grandeur. I used to say that in the heart of every politician is the desire to be an interplanetary leader. And I think less than that is, is, uh, a goal not secured. But for me I, I'm getting a little self-conscious so I don't want to overly dramatize it.