Every now and then, editorial writers and op-ed columnists will remind the Kenyan political elite that "when you find yourself in a hole, it's usually a good idea to stop digging".
The vote in Parliament on Tuesday, which passed a motion setting the stage for Kenya's withdrawal from the ICC, was one such occasion.
One of the arguments repeatedly made on the floor of the house, was that the ICC process was an insult to Kenya's national dignity, and that what was at stake was Kenya's sovereignty.
Well, politicians can say whatever they want, but there must be many Kenyans who listened to these speeches, and remembered that it was on the floor of Parliament that speeches were made a few years ago, arguing that there could be no question of establishing a local tribunal for suspects of the post-election violence.
And that the good and proper thing to do was to send the cases to The Hague. The greater point here though, is that this is possibly the worst time for the country to signal displeasure with the proceedings at the ICC.
It is true enough that we have our President and his deputy scheduled to undergo possibly the most humiliating experience of their lives in having to answer for crimes against humanity.
Be that as it may, given the point that we have now reached, the only useful thing that those who support the president and his deputy can do - indeed the only thing that would be of use to the nation at all - is to allow Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto to proceed to The Hague, and put up a spirited effort to prove their innocence.
Anything else, is not only just a distraction, but worse than that, sends the wrong message to the global community. It cannot fail to reinforce the narrative put out by the political opponents of the President and his deputy that they made their historic run for the top seats, not in order to work for the nation, but as a defense against the charges they would one day have to face at The Hague.