He’s made it far more likely that the standoff in Egypt might end in violence. He’s completely and totally out of touch. He is losing allies left and right. He is robbing potential successors like Suleiman of credibility, and of the ability to keep the country together in any post-Mubarak aftermath in which people like Suleiman might be called upon to help ensure governmental stability. And he resembles a certain other Egyptian leader who famously hardened his heart against the cry of the people. That didn’t end well.