Video: Specter urges Craig to fight on

posted at 1:40 pm on September 2, 2007 by Allahpundit

Leahy makes the point I did yesterday about Vitter: yeah, admittedly, he hasn’t been convicted of anything but he’s all but confessed to having committed a crime. Hence the GOP’s double standard, which, as Leahy notes, may have less to do with gay versus straight sex than the respective party affiliations of the governors of Idado and Louisiana. But the star here is Specter, whose unerring “maverick” instinct carries him to the conclusion that a scandal that’s been resolved should be promptly unresolved and dragged out for months while Republicans writhe in political agony.

Exit question: Having been in Congress for so long, Craig must know plenty of rumors about other Republicans’ sexual habits. How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?


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Spector just wants someone to keep the light of day off him.

How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

Because he May be a perv but he unlike so many of his colleagues felt the requirement to do what’s right for the country.

Speakup on September 2, 2007 at 1:51 PM

Can’t we just pretend there is a sex scandal involving Specter so that we can force him to resign?

Topsecretk9 on September 2, 2007 at 2:02 PM

what an abject POS

pc on September 2, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Specter’s mind stopped working years ago. There’s nothing in there but mush.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Can’t we just pretend there is a sex scandal involving Specter so that we can force him to resign?

Topsecretk9 on September 2, 2007 at 2:02 PM

There very well could be, which would explain his extremely odd support.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Doesn’t say much for his constituents does it…how many terms has he served?
Another strong case for age and term limits.

oldernslower on September 2, 2007 at 2:15 PM

Not to get off topic, im hoping Allah posts the blurb. On Face the Nation, Sheeeefer asks Katie “Pixie” Couric, who is in Baghdad now, to describe the tour of the Baghdad marketplace. Well after a short clip of Katie roaming the markets, she told Sheeeefer that it was thriving..BUT with the obligitory Military put-down when she said “But of course this is what the Military wanted me to see”..in other words our military was deceptive and not to be trusted. Will this crapola ever end? Hope her show’s ratings go up while she’s away/

malkinmania on September 2, 2007 at 2:19 PM

How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

Because, as Craig says every chance he gets, he’s not gay. If he drops teh ghey bomb on other government officials it’s tantamount to admitting he’s Big Gay Larry, Capitol Hill Swish Magnet. The psychic cost is just too high a price to pay. Not to mention the utter demolition of what’s left of his family life. And, based on what we know of Mr.Craig, he’s just not that devious. He’s not a character in a James Ellroy novel, spinning plots within plots, preparing his revenge in advance, blackmailing the Powers That Be with threats to Reveal All. He’s a sad and confused man, not a super-villain.

I sincerely hope he retires to Idaho and picks up the pieces of his life. If he’s smart he’ll stay far far away from the media spotlight and politics for the rest of his days.

Thomas the Wraith on September 2, 2007 at 2:19 PM

Ben Stein Says Craig Was Lynched Twice

Another POV and food for thought. Initially I too called for his immediate resignation, but upon further review . . . this bears further contemplation.

geckomon on September 2, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Specter is bound and determined to destroy the Republican Party. At least this time Craig did the correct thing.

rplat on September 2, 2007 at 2:26 PM

..Tap three times if your brain is still working….

Mcguyver on September 2, 2007 at 2:27 PM

Because, as Craig says every chance he gets, he’s not gay.

Thomas the Wraith on September 2, 2007 at 2:19 PM

How can he possibly admit to breaking a law, or doing ANYTHING wrong, while still claiming not to be gay? If he’s not gay, then what exactly was he doing in that restroom when he did the things he’s admitting to do? Is tapping your foot in a restroom stall a crime? Not that I know of.

If he wanted anyone to believe his claim that he’s not gay, then he would have needed to deny EVERYTHING.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Specter’s mind stopped working years ago. There’s nothing in there but mush.

There can be no more embarrassing position in DC than having to say you work for Arlen Specter.

Topsecretk9 on September 2, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Specter is another Senator I wish was gone.

Maxx on September 2, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Why does Chris Wallace choose the vilest Senators to interveiw every Sunday?

Specter is just another dinosaur in the Senate. So Craig served 27 years in Congress? So what? That’s way too long.

Do we conservatives really care about the Republican brand or any of these guys’ miserable political careers?

Vitter should go too.

Zach on September 2, 2007 at 2:41 PM

How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

Good question to ask. What I’ve come up with are:

*someone important to him influenced him to step down
*no one defended him and his actions..very telling to his character
*it would have been referred to the ethics committee and I’m sure that brings on it’s own embarrassment
*He’s a husband, father, and grandfather…any more light on the subject would decimate the little he has left
*the realities just finally hit him about getting caught by a cop and pleading guilty

Highrise on September 2, 2007 at 2:44 PM

As I noted in another thread about Craig, my wife (an attorney) came to the same conclusion that Specter did after listening to the audio tape online.

My wife thinks he was a fool for not taking it to trial and making the police prove their case that he was soliciting.

georgej on September 2, 2007 at 2:45 PM

My wife thinks he was a fool for not taking it to trial and making the police prove their case that he was soliciting.

georgej on September 2, 2007 at 2:45 PM

He was a fool for doing what he did in the restroom, but he wasn’t a fool for his guilty plea – at the time. He thought he could avoid the situation becoming public by pleading guilty on the spot and paying a small fine. Now that it’s been made public, he doesn’t have a reasonable option of fighting it after his initial guilty plea. If he wasn’t soliciting, he’d have a tough time explaining what he had pleaded guilty to in the first place.

Seeing some conservatives defend this guy is a little disheartening. It gives support to the libs “hypocrisy” claims.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 2:58 PM

Specter just seems to like to keep his name in the press. He always takes the flip side of everything. I think that the best thing to do with him is just ignore him.

As far as Craig is concerned, he was a total fool to go along with any kind of a plea. They had nothing and would have had to drop the charges. He just got sucked in hoping it would go away without press coverage.

duff65 on September 2, 2007 at 2:59 PM

So Craig served 27 years in Congress? So what? That’s way too long. Zach at 2:41 PM

Three taps with loafer is involuntary term limits?

…..Start training Specter…. hurry… before he loses his mind completely!!!!

Mcguyver on September 2, 2007 at 3:01 PM

As far as Craig is concerned, he was a total fool to go along with any kind of a plea.

duff65 on September 2, 2007 at 2:59 PM

That might be true. If he had handled it correctly at the time he MIGHT have been able to survive with his job if he had immediately gone on the attack and accused the cop of being a hack for the Democrats. It’s almost guaranteed he would have won any court case, but it’s doubtful the left and the MSM (not that they are separate entities) would have ever let it go away and I suspect he feared for his family.

Weighing his options at the time, I don’t think he had much of a choice.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 3:10 PM

The audio tape helped convince me he WAS a liar, not the cop. Funny how people view things differently.

This guy is just disgusting. No way will I stand up for him.

Someone who works on our laws can’t sit there and tell me he didn’t realize what pleading guilty would mean. Dolt. Doesn’t deserve to represent people and make laws then.

Highrise on September 2, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Highrise on September 2, 2007 at 3:21 PM

I totally agree. I’m just wondering how many more of these sick &%*$!!# there are currently running our government.

Gregor on September 2, 2007 at 3:47 PM

this coming from a man who fought for illegal aliens.

i’d rather take advice from satan on how to be nice.

madmonkphotog on September 2, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Thanks a lot Specter. Why don’t you just switch to (D) already, you RINO hack?

Now every MSM outlet has the pleasure of saying the Republicans are “circling the wagons on corruption,” even though, like the democratic tools they are, they didn’t pounce on William Jefferson. Good job Specter, really, Ted Kennedy thanks you.

BKennedy on September 2, 2007 at 4:55 PM

How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

He wasn’t thrown out for legislating while gay, it was for lying about making a pass at the guy on the toilet next to him. Unless he knows of other senators who make passes in the bathroom, all he could do is out some gays, which would tag him forever as a gay. Apparently Craig has surrounded himself with really gullible people, and if he bursts their bubble he’s got no one left who would recognize him with his pants on.

pedestrian on September 2, 2007 at 5:27 PM

I sincerely hope he retires to Idaho and picks up the pieces of his life. If he’s smart he’ll stay far far away from the media spotlight and politics for the rest of his days.

Thomas the Wraith on September 2, 2007 at 2:19 PM

He also needs to stay far, far away from public restrooms.

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The likelihood of judge in Minnesota setting aside Craig’s guilty plea is close to zero.

slp on September 2, 2007 at 5:29 PM

The Specter of the sphincter.
Perhaps his brain tumor has come back

Kini on September 2, 2007 at 6:13 PM

How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

He’s actually a respectable person who wouldn’t think of dragging down others in his own scandal? Dare we believe that people like that may actually exist in Congress?

Troy Rasmussen on September 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM

OK, if this isn’t an argument for demanding Term Limitation in Congress for anyone who has served more than two terms, I don’t know what is. My question is why why why do the people of Pennsylvania keep re-electing Specter back into office? The man is a political dinosaur who’s ideology is older than the Great Pyramid. He is such a certified RINO that if the definition of the word is in Webster’s Dictionary, his picture should be next to it! Yet every single time he’s up for re-election, he gets royally ushered back into Congress to the accolades of his constituents. Again I ask, WHY?

pilamaye on September 2, 2007 at 8:14 PM

Fair and balanced my a*#. Where are two senators that are not senile?

oakpack on September 2, 2007 at 8:53 PM

Here’s Mark Steyn’s take on this

pedestrian on September 2, 2007 at 11:52 PM

Exit question: Having been in Congress for so long, Craig must know plenty of rumors about other Republicans’ sexual habits. How did the party manage to strong-arm him into resigning with that nuke in his arsenal?

Because gay bathroom sex is only the tip of the iceberg?

Lehosh on September 3, 2007 at 8:32 AM

Is Spector another toe-tappin’ wide stance guy ON CRACK??!!

Ex-tex on September 3, 2007 at 10:53 AM

“Seeing some conservatives defend this guy is a little disheartening. It gives support to the libs “hypocrisy” claims.”

One of our weaknesses is that we eat our own.

Does anyone here REALLY think that the Democrats and their leftwing allies in the MSM are going to ever back off because we’re “nice” or “consistent” or because we “do the right thing?” The Democrats DESTROYED civility decades ago. They have become the new Brownshirts. Our side, foolishly, fights using the rules of civility that because obsolete 20 years ago. They fight dirty and know no boundaries. Nothing is off limits to the left. NOTHING!

As long as the media and the Democrats are going to smear Republicans and conservatives as they have done so for decades, as long as they laugh in glee when one of ours proves (once again) that we are all sinners, while they give their colleagues a pass, WE WILL ALWAYS LOSE.

And we dare not lose any more.

I don’t know what Craig did in that stall. I’ve heard two lawyers, now, say that the cops had NOTHING. Craig, no doubt, thought he could bury it by pleading guilty to a lesser charge. Craig was STUPID. Doubly stupid if he actually was soliciting for sex.

But even so, the treatment he got by his party was wrong. It was a knee-jerk reaction to that a-hole congressman last year who was caught sending “racy” email messages to former pages. When the Republicans tried to “finesse” that one, and it failed, they tried Plan B – driving Craig out of the party. And every day, the MSM and the Democrats CONTINUE to beat the Republicans as hypocrites because one of them “sinned.”

If I were in charge of the Republicans, I’d have EVERY Republican officeholder that goes on the Sunday talks shows OPEN with an indictment of Barny Franks and Gerry Studds. I have them attack the news media for being partisan hypocrites. I wouldn’t explain Craig’s behavior or defend it, I publically point out that Ted Kennedy is a womanizer, a drunk, and a coward who let a woman drown while he swam away.

And then I’d say that it is up to God to forgive Craig, and for the voters of his state to decide whether or not to replace him.

This is a WAR, folks. It is a war to decide the fate of America, and it is being fought by ally of Al Qaeda, the Democratic Party. We won’t win it by sucking up to the press or by being “nice.”

georgej on September 3, 2007 at 12:48 PM

I agree with Senator Spector at least as far as Senator Craig goes.

Christoph on September 4, 2007 at 5:01 AM