Well, not literally but can you imagine an elected politician who steps down from high office after eight months because he couldn't deliver on a campaign promise? Larry are you reading?
That's exactly what Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has done.
It comes after he broke an election pledge to move an unpopular US military base away from the island of Okinawa.
It's especially sad because he was a liberal trying to bring the public back into the business of their own democracy.
He said he had also asked DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, who has been embroiled in a funding scandal, to step down to "revitalise" the party.
The centre-left DPJ's election landslide last year ended half a century of conservative rule in Japan.
Announcing his decision to the country in an emotional televised address, he said he had "tried to change politics in which the people of Japan would be the main actors" but had not succeeded.
"That's mainly because of my failings," he said.
...and that he realizes the need to cleanse the party of the corruption of money.
"Our politics must break with money," said Mr Hatoyama. "We must become completely clean in order to revitalise our party."
Lastly the story surprised me by how much the Japanese want the American base in Okinawa shut down.