Let's talk about this quote. There are so many subtopics here. Let me delineate a few:
1. First, to understand this quote, you need to realize that the speaker means "that I have found in short supply" in myself. What sort of person talks like this when making a point like this?
2. What sort of person decides to make this particular point when addressing the subject of whether he belongs in politics?
3. Did you have any trouble guessing who said this?
4. Does politics today involve all that much triviality and artifice?
5. Was there some earlier Golden Age, when politics did not involve so much triviality and artifice?
6. What sort of person admires someone precisely for being the kind of person who makes that point and talks like that?
7. Who do you like better: a. Someone who says things like that quote, b. Someone who admires someone who says things like that quote, c. Someone who would only accidentally talk like that and would immediately mock himself for doing so, d. Someone who prefers to look for people who say things like that or admire people who say things like that and then to immediately mock them in writing and provide a place for you to join the mockery?
8. Why is the love I bear for Al Gore so conflicted?
9. Did #8 make you think of Manbearpig?
10. Who does 9 questions? There must be 10.