I found Kerik’s reasons for withdrawing to be very strange and sad. The implication is that anyone with any flaws, or who has ever made a mistake – even one they were not aware of – should be inelligible for a role in government. Even if they publically acknowledge that mistake.
I’m not saying he’s necessarily the right person for the job. Just that his reason for withdrawing indicates something deeply wrong with the way that we do things.