For you kids out there, Pauly Shore was a 'star' on MTV for a few years back in the late 80s and early 90s. He wasn't particularly funny or talented, but he managed to build a nice little career for himself. He even made a few movies, including the classic and somewhat successful Encino Man.
But that wasn't enough for him. He went on to make the movie Class Act, which was most definitely not a success. Lesson learned, right? The people had spoken. Time to get out of the game.
Nope. He hung around, spitting out another half dozen or so movies over the next few years, each likely worse than the next (I haven't been able to find anyone who has actually seen one of them).
Because he hung around, he ended up a joke (more than he was from the start), destined to play out the rest of his life making lame cameo appearances and occasional stints on VH1 'remember when' type shows.
And that's kind of what Mubarak is doing right now, on a much grander and more violent scale. We tolerated you for some time. You weren't a standout by any means, but you served a purpose.
But c'mon dude, the people have spoken, quite clearly. The jig is up (and gone!). What are you trying to prove by hanging around at this point? Are you trying to be a dick? If so, it's working.
Sure, you've said you don't plan to run again in September. But why wait? In Pauly Shore terms, that's about 5 movies too long. Just get the hell out now while the getting is relatively good.
The more you allow this to drag out, the more the responsibility for the violence falls on your shoulders. You don't need to go out like that. Don't be a Pauly Shore or a Brett Favre.
Be a real man.