You are embarrassed.
Someone ratted you out and made you look like bad.
You hid out for four days.
Not the smartest strategy ever, but hey.
You got pissy with people on Twitter and your performance on Here and Now was…well…vintage Paul Lane
Politicians have survived far worse scandals than a leak of a few text messages that show you and all your colleagues treat totally irrelevant online polls like they actually mattered.
Politicians have survived acting like far bigger jerks than you could ever be in your wildest dreams. They have made it through sex scandals, assorted other personal indiscretions, financial shenanigans, electoral irregularities, and a raft of other things infinitely worse than what has happened to you in your very short political career.
once the public starts laughing at you … in public … to your face … well…
you are screwed.