Carol Platt Liebau: Do the Right Thing, Senator Craig

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Do the Right Thing, Senator Craig

This report that Larry Craig is reconsidering his resignation almost beggars belief.

Can he seriously be seeking a trial that would keep his behavior in the headlines -- and offer a reason for the MSM to explore in detail every allegation of Craig's homosexual conduct over the past years?

Certainly the rationale above for resigning would sway even a selfish man. And that's clearly what Larry Craig is, if he truly is reconsidering his decision. His conduct -- conduct to which he plead guilty -- is unbecoming a U.S. Senator, it's embarassing to his party, and it's plain wrong. What's more, no doubt it has hurt his family terribly.

Yet despite the damage that having this scandal drag on and on would do to the GOP, despite his own poor judgment -- either for having engaged in criminal behavior or else pleading guilty to an offense of which he was innocent -- Craig is concerned only about hanging on to his Senate seat.

Shame, Senator. It's time to go.


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

I'd like to raise the question of what the opposition to Mr. Craig is based on. There are three possible reasons for demanding Mr. Craig's resignation:

1. He broke the law. The problem with this is, he committed a misdemeanor. We need to draw a line somewhere; we don't want Senators resigning because they got a traffic ticket. I would expect that the line should be drawn between misdemeanor and felony, but I'm willing to consider arguments in favor of moving that line.

2. He is homosexual. I find this reason unacceptable. Do we really want an unwritten rule that homosexuals are not allowed to serve in elected office?

3. He's a Republican. I find this reason unacceptable. I'm sure that there were some partisans who were secretly relying on this, but they weren't the ones who convinced him to resign.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Dr.D said...

CN lists only three reasons for to expect Craig to resign; there is a fourth. Craig pleaded guilty to the charge and he announced his resignation. We should be able to expect a member of Congress to carry through with what he publicly says he will do. Nothing required him to do either of these things, but he did them both. If it was bad judgment on his part, so be it; we don't need someone with such poor judgment making the laws of the country. It is past time for him to be gone.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

Dr.D, I don't understand your meaning. Are you saying that the fourth reason is that Mr. Craig resigned? If so, then my question concerns what happened BEFORE his decision to resign. There were a lot of people demanding his resignation; I'm curious as to what motivated them.

1:00 PM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

I just can't seem to figure this one out. Craig plead guilty to a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct. Is that such a big deal?

10:51 PM  

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