Hey I can't help you with that quest because I haven't done it but if you are frustrated you may want to just try doing something else for awhile. This game is more of a sandbox than a linear thing so you can just run around and do stuff. The most important advice I can give you is be flexible and have fun. If you know how to use the controls - that is pretty much all you need to know how to do.
What server are you on? Some other Zam folks might be into taking you around and helping you out.
When it comes to sitting around not doing anything for long periods of time, only being active for short windows, and marginal changes and sidegrades I'd say FFXI players were the perfect choice for politicians.