Craig: This ain’t over

posted at 9:40 pm on September 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

First press conference: a week ago, to announce he’s not gay, isn’t resigning, and never would have had that misunderstanding with the cop if it hadn’t been for that meddling Idaho Statesman. Second press conference: Saturday, to announce he’s resigning lest, among other reasons, his continued presence undermine the war effort. Next press conference: coming soon, to announce he’s un-resigning, the war effort be damned, and putting the Specter “GOP nightmare” master plan into action.

“It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign,” said Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital.

“We’re still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we’re able to stay in the fight — and stay in the Senate.”…

A telephone call Craig received last week from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., urging him to consider fighting for his seat is affecting Craig’s decision to reconsider his resignation, Smith said.

“I think the episode is over,” said Mitch McConnell this afternoon, hoping against hope that Craiggers would go gracefully and not leave the GOP to navigate yet another electoral depth charge. As it is, not only might he rescind his resignation, he might try to get his plea vacated, too — a tough haul, as, per CBS’s Minneapolis affiliate, Minnesota courts only grant such motions in the event of “manifest injustice,” such as the imposition of an unduly draconian sentence. Then, of course, he’d have to stand trial. Or would he? Does the local D.A. really want to press his luck with this given the heat they’ve taken from both sides for busting Craig on such an innocuous charge? If he beats the rap, they’ll never get another plea to bathroom solicitation.

He doesn’t need to overturn the plea to keep his seat, either. It was only a misdemeanor so they don’t have cause to expel him, and the last thing the GOP wants is a debate over why Vitter skated on a reprimand when Craig likely won’t. McConnell tried to answer that today with the point about how Vitter wasn’t prosecuted for anything, but that’s not going to do him much good if the media gets a chance to take a sustained look at the gay/straight double standard. So the ethics committee will probably back off too. Suddenly Craiggers is holding all the cards.

Here’s Specter making the case for why he should un-resign, in case you missed it Sunday.


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Ha ha ha ha!

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 9:44 PM

oh for goodness sakes…

DwnSouthJukin on September 4, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Ditto.

Nonfactor on September 4, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Looks like Wide Stance is the gift that keeps on giving. Can somebody, anybody, please please for the love of all that’s holy talk some sense into this guy? Is Specter trying to lose a Senate seat. It’s. Hopeless. Go home.

Thomas the Wraith on September 4, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Good grief – come out of the closet already. Like we don’t have a clue? Just go ahead and resign as we all know you will and let us move on.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 9:46 PM

Thomas,

It’s Iowa for Pete’s sake… we ain’t going to lose the seat.

bnelson44 on September 4, 2007 at 9:46 PM

c/Iowa/Idaho

sorry… :(

bnelson44 on September 4, 2007 at 9:48 PM

Stupid Larry.

Bad Candy on September 4, 2007 at 9:50 PM

I believe he will resign.
The heat will be too great.

Plus, I think there may be more evidence out there of his bi-sexual nature.

Dersu on September 4, 2007 at 9:52 PM

The guy is delusional if he thinks anyone (except his naive family) buys his explanation. He was cruising in the bathroom, looking to scarf down some man-meat. Now take your medicine and resign, already. I think the charge is bulls**t by the way, but there is no doubt as to what he was up to and he should just get the heck out already.

RW Wacko on September 4, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Is Specter trying to lose a Senate seat?

Hopefully his own.

MT on September 4, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Heard a gay comedian on Howard Stern a few years ago, trying to explain why gay men cruise in parks and restrooms. He said something that was very true, along the lines of “if straight guys knew there was a park where women hang out, waiting to give guys oral, there wouldn’t be a single blade of grass left in the whole park”. He’s right, so I kind of got a better understanding of the whole cruising thing.

RW Wacko on September 4, 2007 at 9:56 PM

Bwaaaahahahahaha!

Quick someone slap Bush/Rove hard for supporting the spectre of Specter when a conservative had his ass in the primary. What a douchebag this guy is.

Jaibones on September 4, 2007 at 9:58 PM

No matter what else is said, Idaho must congratulate itself on a Senator who is far-sighted and can well weigh the implications of his actions. It’s nice to know that you can trust a man’s judgment and not have him second-guessing himself all the time.

For the record, I think Specter is wrong. He should resign. He plead guilty once already. If he wants to go back and try to change his plea etc (audio indicates extremely weak case), go ahead on do that on your own time, your own dime. Free Idaho.

Spirit of 1776 on September 4, 2007 at 9:59 PM

Please, Please….STFU….Go back to Idaho, and just STFU!

commonsensehoosier on September 4, 2007 at 10:01 PM

It’s the first story on Anderson Cooper tonight. What a freakin’ tool!

Thomas the Wraith on September 4, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Crime scene reenactment?

Maybe there something going on at Specter’s gym.

Somebody please smack the crap outta Leahy.

Kini on September 4, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Fine if craig wants to stay I say the republican party kicks him put

He can go caucus with Bernie Sanders.

Or we can trade Craig for Lieberman

William Amos on September 4, 2007 at 10:02 PM

(audio indicates extremely weak case)

Spirit of 1776 on September 4, 2007 at 9:59 PM

I’m not quite an attorney yet, but I disagree.

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Even if he stays on, it’s highly unlikely he would be re-elected. This isn’t Barney Frank territory he’s living in. He’s wasting the time and tax dollars of his constituents by his silly attempt to save face over whether or not he is now or has ever been a homosexualblah, blah, blah. Who – besides his poor wife and family pondering what sort of lying idiot this man has been for years – really cares? He should resign and do so immediately.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Okay. I heard a man essentially trying to handle a sting with as little fanfare as possible. He was trying to avoid the press specifically. He did not agree, on what I heard, to tapping feet, did not agree to rubbing the bottom of the stall, did not agree even which hand was used. I heard more of a ‘let’s get this over with’. But you could be right.

Spirit of 1776 on September 4, 2007 at 10:09 PM

I gotta believe the RNC is going to refuse to help fund Craig’s campaign. Besides, this is Idaho (not Iowa), and we can be certain there will be other conservatives running against Craig in the primaries. Mormons tend to be conservative, and Idaho has, or at least used to have, a larger percentage of Mormons in its populace than even Utah. It’ll all come out in the wash.

sondiehl on September 4, 2007 at 10:09 PM

cuz ending this over the labor day weekend just doesn’t work for the GOP.

lorien1973 on September 4, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Unless he’s got hidden camera footage of the cop admitting he (the cop) lied about what happened in the restroom, he should just move on.

Only under such circumstances could he claim that his guilty plea was based on the futility of fighting a charge of Disorderly Conduct, (aka Contempt of Cop) without such proof.

The Monster on September 4, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Manifest injustice is a very high standard.

Craig signed and initialed a three page plea agreement.

The sentence he received was the sentence that was spelled out in the plea agreement.

Craig is a United States Senator whose job is to write our federal laws.

The opines in the WCCO are correct:

http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_240183727.htm

The probability that a judge will set aside Craig’s plea agreement is very close to zero.

Craig’s Minnesota lawyer has already told him that, but he wasn’t listening.

slp on September 4, 2007 at 10:15 PM

anyone else picture Sen. Craig standing infront of a mirror singing “i will survive” this evening?

zane on September 4, 2007 at 10:16 PM

This is like handing the Democrats a club to beat us with. Arlen Specter played right into the Democrats hands, of course he’s one of the biggest RINO senators on the hill so we should expect that. Leyhe just loved every minute of what Specter was doing, the Democrats want nothing more than for Craig to stay in office. They will humiliate Republicans from this point forward if Craig stays. What a despicable man Craig is.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 10:18 PM

zane on September 4, 2007 at 10:16 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 10:18 PM

He’s getting a payoff by the same people who ensnared him to stick around and fight and keep the media waters muddied. They never anticipated it being cleared up so quickly hence, the attempt to get him retract his resignation.

TheBigOldDog on September 4, 2007 at 10:20 PM

What burn my biscuit’s is republicans are resigning when there has been no crime and yet democrats, some with cash in the freezer, brothels with boyfriends, felons as donators, are still merrily running around like they’re you-know-what doesn’t stink.

AAARRRHHH!

Kini on September 4, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Craig’s Minnesota lawyer has already told him that, but he wasn’t listening.

slp on September 4, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Yeah, the lawyer was tapping his pen while he was reading the plea and Craig was getting all hot and bothered.

pedestrian on September 4, 2007 at 10:25 PM

Specter’s ideas have a bad habit of haughting the Republican party.

- The Cat

P.S. That’s right; I dood it.

MirCat on September 4, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Regardless of his guilt for the charge, lets look at the issues that arise when a REPUBLICAN Senator is caught in an operation like this. He has two choices, one he can plead “guilty” and hope that everything is as the officer says. Namely that there will be a small fine and nothing else is said about it. For a REPUBLICAN Senator this is wishful thinking. However it is better than the alternative second choice. That being that he would plead “not guilty” and have to hash the entire episode out in court. In this instance he risks becoming another cause celeb for an aspiring prosecutor who wants to take down a REPUBLICAN Congressman, i.e. Tom Delay.
I will grant that it was completely idiotic for him to agree to anything without having counsel present, but this doesn’t negate the fact that he was faced with two very poor choices to make and I think he calculated to make the better of the two.

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Craig to Reconsider Resignation?

Connie on September 4, 2007 at 10:36 PM

Anyone else get the feeling that the liberal MSM is pushing this story ?

First we have Craig’s family interveiwed and saying that they dont think their dad is gay

Now some aide of his HAPPENS to get interveiwed and says Craig is reconsidering.

I think they want to keep this story in the news

William Amos on September 4, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Boy, Leahy was lovin’ that.

Sen. Specter, the gift that keeps on giving…thanks NRSC!

/sarcasm

CP on September 4, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:31 PM

All true, however, if he stays in office, what makes him (or the Republican Party) any different from the numerous and scandalous Democrats? Barney Frank alone (don’t get us started on Ted Kennedy or Al Sharpton, etc…) is representative of everything I do not want my party to become – hypocrites, liars, cheats. I agree that it’s wrong in how Republicans resign at the scorn of their peers, the public and the media while Democrats get a free pass from all of those. In the end, I see my party exhibiting more character and integrity when these things happen unlike the Democrats who supported the lying Billy Jeff – even through his impeachment.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Sorry, Craig, but adults don’t get to call “do-overs”. You make your choice and then you live by it, instead making a big show of “doing what’s best for the people of Idaho” and then changing your mind three days later. Reminds me of Al Gore’s “un-concession” after he conceded the 2000 election.

Or to put it another way, if Arlen Specter thinks something’s a good idea, don’t do it.

ReubenJCogburn on September 4, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Or he just pleaded guilty because he was, you know, guilty?

He had to know the story would surface once he pled guilty and it entered the public record. Had he fought it there would’ve been an equally good chance it would’ve surfaced, but at least he’d have a case for maintaining his seat after a “not guilty” verdict. Given that the charges against him were misdemeanors, we’re not talking OJ redux.

Somehow, I’m not sure that sucessfully winning a misdemeanor case- even against a Senator- is exactly going to turn a prosecutor into a legal superstar.

Hollowpoint on September 4, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Doesn’t have a leg to stand on…

BobH on September 4, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Larry Craig retracts his resignation. Why that’s so much like Sore Loserman in 2000.

A nightmare.

Buy Danish on September 4, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Rush provided cover for this today

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Hollowpoint on September 4, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Exactly! He knew he was guilty and he knew he got caught. Why else would he agree to a plea so quickly? If he knew he was innocent, he could (and should) have fought it. These stunts are nothing more than his lame attempt to save face in front of his (by now) humiliated family. I stick by my first post – come out of the closet and go away.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Craig’s big mistake was pleading guilty. He almost certainly would have beat this charge.

That being said, he should announce that he’s not going to run for another term. He should just finish out his current term and preserve whatever dignity he has left.

Presently, his best course of action is to do nothing.

jaime on September 4, 2007 at 11:12 PM

He will come out of the closet, admit his guilt, apologize for inappropriate public behavior, go on Oprah and confess his sins and about the big lie that has been his life. bah-bah-bah
His last comment to Oprah, now that she has washed away his sins and been “reborn” will be to announce his is leaving the Republican Party and becoming a Democrat and will fulfill his term in the Senate.

Wuptdo on September 4, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Boy, this thing keeps shooting up the creep chart. Larry Craig is a creep. Sgt. Whatshisname of stall #3 is creepier. And then you have Sophie’s Choice in Specter & Leahey. Who is more evil: Leaky Leahey or that great legal mind Arlen Specter? One is your avowed enemy while the other only acts the part of a team player.
I’m going with Specter and his stupid idea as being the greater evil.

thegreatbeast on September 4, 2007 at 11:15 PM

I’m not quite an attorney yet, but I disagree.

Troy Rasmussen on September 4, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Does not matter, he plead guilty. Case closed.

He needs to go home to family and quit crusing.

Dersu on September 4, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Unresign, then resign, then unresign.

Craig goes both ways? Well that’s not exact news anymore.

baldilocks on September 4, 2007 at 11:24 PM

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? Could we try any harder to hand this country over to the lefty kooks? Some body please…..duct tape Specter’s mouth and tell Craig there will no longer be lay-overs in Minneapolis.

oakpack on September 4, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Some folks just don’t know when to quit.

If he doesn’t go away, I hope the RNC has the stones to deny him funds in a primary.

Slublog on September 4, 2007 at 11:51 PM

Way to go, Senator Craig!

Fight the bastards.

But… you should resign anyway. Because you’re a total moron for not seeing a lawyer for two months, if you told the truth about that in your public statement, and total idiots are not required in the Senate.

For that we have Reid and one is too many.

Christoph on September 4, 2007 at 11:57 PM

I can’t really blame Craig for wanting to hold onto his Sentate seat.

I mean, is there a cushier job than US Senator?

Zach on September 4, 2007 at 11:57 PM

The problem for the 2008 election is that forcing Craig to resign is going to scare people. We all make mistakes, and don’t want to be the victim of witchhunts. & I say this as someone who truly loathes Craig and his anti-environmental politics.

thuja on September 5, 2007 at 12:04 AM

So if Craig unresigns, is he also going to come out?

If he would just acknowledge his nature — which is evidently at least bi-sexual — and admit what he was up to in that restroom and apologize for it, this would all blow over, so to speak. (I assume that even if he returns, he isn’t planning to run for re-election.)

But if he comes back still insisting that he’s not gay, the Mike Rogers of the world will never let this rest. It’ll be 24/7 about who Larry Craig went down on. We’ll never hear the end of it.

In that event, the Republicans should introduce a motion to expel him.

paul006 on September 5, 2007 at 12:11 AM

Well – we know Craig had his radio on today. But Rush was concerned about milk toast Republicans, not about saving Craig’s Senate career.

Anyone this indecisive shouldn’t be in Congress. Larry the Cable Guy displays better judgment.

T J Green on September 5, 2007 at 12:14 AM

Flip-flop.

SouthernDem on September 5, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Flip-flop.

SouthernDem on September 5, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Indeed. I think this is proof that he goes both ways.

paul006 on September 5, 2007 at 12:39 AM

Indeed. I think this is proof that he goes both ways.

paul006 on September 5, 2007 at 12:39 AM

I’ve seen this joke somewhere…

baldilocks on September 5, 2007 at 12:41 AM

This guy is so stupid that he needs to go away forever.

DAT60A3 on September 5, 2007 at 1:18 AM

I’ve seen this joke somewhere…

baldilocks on September 5, 2007 at 12:41 AM

Sorry, baldilocks! I didn’t look first to see whether somebody had already said that. The point goes to you.

paul006 on September 5, 2007 at 1:25 AM

If Craig admits to at least being bi, but doesn’t change his position, or stance if you will, on gay “marriage,” it will drive the libs absolutely bonkers. I would totally support Craig in that. Sadly, what will probably happen instead is we will have wall-to-wall coverage of why he found it necessary to retrieve that piece of TP from behind the airport john.

pedestrian on September 5, 2007 at 1:27 AM

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings the taps.

MB4 on September 5, 2007 at 2:04 AM

Rusty Humphries did an hysterical bit about Craig, a parody to the tunes of “Knock 3 Times” and “Candida” by Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Knock 3 times on the flooring if you want me
Twice on the stall * * means the answer is “no”
* * * means you’ll meet me in the stall – way

There was more to it that I can’t remember but it was funny stuff.

Please resign Senator Craig. At least Republicans CAN be hypocrites because we have standards. Dhems can’t be hypocrites because they have NO standards.

Mojave Mark on September 5, 2007 at 2:06 AM

implicated with underage male pages in 82, adopts two teen boys. got caught going after a twink cop in a toilet. This guy has a lot of red flags flying over his head.

pc on September 5, 2007 at 2:22 AM

pc on September 5, 2007 at 2:22 AM

But a red flag is not proof of guilt.

Theres so much mud being slung out there in politics today that anyone who takes any kind of stand is going to get smeared… and some of it will be remembered, even if not prooven.

His “sin” is bad judgement in not fighting it in the first place… but having BEEN accused of somthing in another state… and then told that if I pled out to a lesser charge it would go away… instead of me having to get a lawyer, and go BACK to the state multiple times to fight it (would have cost me MUCH more to fight), I have some sympathy for his situation.

Romeo13 on September 5, 2007 at 3:06 AM

A telephone call Craig received last week from Sen. Arlen Specter, R- Pa., urging him to consider fighting for his seat is affecting Craig’s decision to reconsider his resignation, Smith said.

Thanks a bunch, Sen. Spectre (sic). You didn’t read the excellent suggestion about duct tape, did you??

Craig has hired a high-powered crisis management team that includes Martin; communications adviser Judy Smith; Washington attorney Stan Brand, a former general counsel to the U.S. House; and Minneapolis attorney Tom Kelly.

Any Senator who is this desperate to keep his cushy job and “serve” his constituents more than 27 years in Congress is the best argument for term limits I’ve heard so far this week.

fred5678 on September 5, 2007 at 4:32 AM

Disgusting. I guess he figures he has nothing else to lose. What’s been released already is pretty damaging..any doubt that was in his wife and kids minds would be at the very least…questioning heavily.

The fact is, we have a lawmaker that is doing questionable stuff that could get him blackmailed….and that is not kosher. Not when they vote on our behalf.

Highrise on September 5, 2007 at 5:02 AM

any doubt that was in his wife and kids minds would be at the very least…questioning heavily.

I’m sure that’s one of his main reasons for fighting this.

I’m right on this — without a doubt.

Now, whether that helps us politically is another question.

Christoph on September 5, 2007 at 7:03 AM

“He’s caught in a Tap” la la la
signed, Elvis

ajmontana on September 5, 2007 at 7:07 AM

Get rid of that perverted bum before the entire Republican Party disintegrates. The Party must denounce him, cut off all of his funding and put their full support behind another viable Idaho candidate. This entire episode is sick and disgusting.

rplat on September 5, 2007 at 7:45 AM

This entire episode is sick and disgusting.

Why? Do you mean the abusive cop with a track record for being dishonest?

Christoph on September 5, 2007 at 7:51 AM

Craig: This ain’t over

Allah,

A better headline is:

THE LARRY CRAIG SAGA: NOT YET TAPPED OUT!

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 5, 2007 at 11:52 AM

The sharks (i.e. the Democrats) are smelling blood with David Vitter. That’s ALL this is. There is no reason Vitter should resign.

I know – he is my Senator, and one of the finest, most honest Senators in Congress.

The ONLY WAY I won’t think of the Democrats as sharks is if they also focus in on their own bad apples. But they’ll NEVER do that.

I think the Republicans are too weak-kneed to realize it, but the Democrats, by continually focusing only on Republican ills, are handing the Republicans a major campaign issue. The Republicans should IMMEDIATELY begin mentioning IN EVERY SPEECH and IN EVERY INTERVIEW that it is the Republicans who wash their dirty laundry, but that it is the Democrats who hide, cover up, and defend their dirty laundry.

The Republicans should then give the statistics of what percentage of their dirty laundry they wash vs the Democrats, along with specific examples.

They should then ask the viewer, “Who would you prefer, the party who washes their dirty laundry or the party who hides theirs?”

They could then put a small picture of soap in the corner of the screen, to continually reinforce to the public that it is the GOP, not the Democrats, who are the clean party.

I sincerely hope that the GOP has the malkins to do this, but I’m not holding my breath…

jimbo2 on September 5, 2007 at 4:54 PM

I remember years ago the comedian Chris Rock had this bit about OJ Simpson where he said he knew OJ was guilty because if he was innocent he’d be screaming and yelling, knocking over the defense table, shouting “I didn’t do it you moth** fuc***s!” No innocent man would sit there passively while people discussed how he severed his wife’s head from her body.

Well, in that spirit, I’m trying to come up with a list of guys I know who who would plead guilty to propositioning another guy in a public restroom when they’re innocent. You know, just to make it all go away. I can’t think of one, not a single one, who, if innocent, wouldn’t have been screaming and yelling at the cop, calling HIM the freakin’ perv and getting a lawyer.

Please, can the GOP just make this creepy little pervert go away?

Rational Thought on September 5, 2007 at 9:12 PM

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings the taps.

MB4 on September 5, 2007 at 2:04 AM

Don’t you mean, “It ain’t over till the fat guy flushes.”?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 6, 2007 at 12:06 AM