*AKA Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho)
I will note this about Sen. Larry Craig. The man has some guts and or stupidity, take your pick, as today he went before the constituents of Idaho and the world and belabored that he was innocent of the charge he pled guilty to in Minneapolis, disorderly conduct. Hmm.
But I do think some serious questions need to be asked. I will preface that this is NOT a defense of Sen. Craig, more a wondering of the axe that is being grinded here.
Since the arrest of Sen. Craig occurred on June 11, 2007 and the plea arrangement was on August 1, 2007. Very important questions. The Idaho Statesman http://idahostatesman.com newspaper was conducting an exhaustive investigation of Sen. Craig. How come they did not know about this? Why was the newspaper Roll Call http://rollcall.com allegedly tipped off some time last week according to John McArdle, the reporter that broke the story, see also http://editorandpublisher.com? Was someone waiting for the right moment since this public record did not peak any one's curiosity? Why did not Sen. Craig mount the vigorous defense he showed today right after the arrest?
I think that the question that needs answers is why no one looked into Sen. Craig's arrest within hours. I mean we all knew about actor Mel Gibson and his anti-Semitic tirade when arrested for drunk driving almost as it happened!
None of what I have brought up can defend the senator. He is correct in saying he has caused a cloud over him and the people of Idaho. One thing for sure, when one pleads guilty without so much as a whimper, something is not right. I do not think that his defense of wanting the charge to go away so as to not embarrass his family is not really a good one. I think Sen. Craig is smarter than that.
A lot of physcho-babble will come out about the fact Sen. Craig is suppressing his homosexuality. But, here is a knuckle ball for you. What if he is not gay as he said today? What if he is a "switch-hitter" liking both men and women? Or, possibly worse, Sen. Craig could be a sex addict and does not care where he gets it, men or women?
All I can say is that I think in about two weeks, Sen. Craig will end this episode and tell the decent people of Idaho that he will not run for reelection in 2008 and that he will not finish his term. I hope that is what he does. And whatever the situation is, I sincerely hope Sen. Craig can get some help and healing for his family and himself.