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August 31, 2007

Why Larry Craig And Not Ted Stevens ?

by Doug Mataconis

It now seems apparent that at some point on Saturday, Idaho Senator Larry Craig will announce his resignation from the Senate in the aftermath of what is at least a very embarrassing arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In what I can only consider a rare moment, though, I find myself agreeing with the New York Times Editoral Board when they point out the hypocrisy of the Republican outrage over Craig’s alleged infraction:

The Republican Party is in quite a rush to keelhaul Senator Larry Craig for his run-in with the vice squad in an airport men’s room. Disclosure of the senator’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct set off a frenzy to demand an investigation by the Senate’s somnolent Ethics Committee and to strip Mr. Craig of his committee seniority. Some of the senator’s peers simply demanded that he resign.

No similar leadership chorus for judgment has been heard about any number of other scandalous revelations on the party’s plate.

There’s the F.B.I.’s inquiry into whether Senator Ted Stevens swung a quid-pro-quo deal for a government contractor who eventually renovated his Alaska home. There’s also Senator David Vitter’s presence on the client list of a Washington brothel. Mr. Vitter, a social conservative, pleaded guilty to “sin” (heterosexual) and no leadership call ensued for a thorough in-house ethics inquiry. Certainly, no Republican called for the resignation of Mr. Vitter, who comes from Louisiana, which has a Democratic governor who would then replace him. Mr. Craig is from a safe state with a Republican governor.

The Times attributes the swift reaction of GOP insiders, and their conservative supporters, to the same prejudices that underlie their opposition to gay marriage.

Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. In either case, I’d rather be ruled by a Senate filled with Larry Craig’s  than a Senate filled with men like Ted Stevens.


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  1. Because playing up homophobia is one of the linchpins of the Republican leadership’s strategy for pandering to the GOP’s alleged base, and stopping corruption is not. It’s okay by them if one of their guys steals hundreds of millions of dollars from the taxpayers in entitlements (Stevens) or creates self-serving legislation that makes insurance companies refuse to sell insurance in his state (Trent Lott) or has the occasional heterosexual indiscretion where he cheats on his wife (Gingrich, Guiliani, McCain, Vitter, Dole, Burton, Warner, and good old Strom Thurmond). Blatant theft and gouging are okay…but if one of them goes cruising for dick in a bathroom, he’s off the island because to the religious “base” homosexuality is obviously much worse than theft (even though “Thou shalt not be gay” didn’t make it into the Ten Commandments and “Thou shalt not steal” did). Of course, the GOP only does that because they think that religious people are too stupid not to realize the complete hypocrisy in this. Their track record of success before the last election, sadly, shows that they’re probably not wrong.

    Comment by UCrawford — September 1, 2007 @ 9:37 am
  2. THIS SHOULD BE THE STORY TODAY!
    Paul First, Hunter 4th overall in 11 straw polls since Iowa
    Rank Candidate………%…….. Votes
    1…Ron Paul……………24.9%……….999
    2…Fred Thompson….18.9%……….759
    3…Mitt Romney……….16.0%……….644
    4…Duncan Hunter……….14.1%……….568
    5…Rudy Giuliani……….8.1%……….325
    6…Mike Huckabey……….5.3%……….214
    7…Sam Brownback……….4.4%……….175
    8…John McCain……….3.0%……….119
    9…Tommy Tancredo……….0.5%……….22
    …..Other…………………………4.2%……..167
    ….Total…….100%……3992
    Last 11 Straw Polls included:
    Texas GOP 1-Sep-07
    Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Dekalb County, GA
    Ronald Reagan Club (Washington)
    Strafford County, NH_West Alabama
    West Lafayette, Indiana_Illinois State Fair
    Students for Life of America_Western Montana Fair
    Gaston County, NC
    Source:
    http://ok4ronpaul.ashlux.com/wiki/index.php?title=2008_Presidential_GOP_straw_poll_results

    Comment by Brian Horsfield — September 1, 2007 @ 7:38 pm
  3. You Paul spammers are idiots. Try sticking to the topic, moron.

    Comment by UCrawford — September 2, 2007 @ 12:51 am

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