This is my favorite scene from Midnight Express. It is the point in the film where Billy decides he is not going to be like the others and either give into insanity or waste away in prison.
This scene is something of an allegory to the way the Washington punditry dismissed Palin's resignation as political suicide. In their expert opinion, many being henchmen for past failed candidates, she lacks judgement. I have heard one actually say this isn't the way things are done. They cling to the status quo of the Beltway of doing things.