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Larry Craig Resigns

From the Chicago Tribune's Swamp:

Sen. Larry Craig, voicing deep sorrow for disappointing the people of Idaho, announced his resignation today without a word about the arrest and guilty plea for disorderly conduct in an airport men's room that had forced him to resign his seat.

"I have little control over what people choose to believe,'' said Craig, who earlier had said he did "nothing wrong'' and only had pled guilty in an attempt to make the case "go away.''

"But clearly my name is important to me and my family is very important also,'' said Craig, with his wife and two of their children standing beside him. "Having said that, to pursue my legal options as I consider to serve Idaho would be an unwanted distraction.''

Video here:

Allahpundit:
As for the double standard the GOP is practicing between David Vitter, who actually did engage in criminal sex acts, and Craig, who was guilty of nothing more than solicitation, it's simply shameful.

Yes it is.


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I respectfully disagree. </... (Below threshold)
Jim:

I respectfully disagree.

What former Senator Craig plead guilty too happened in the here and now, while what Senator Vitter did occurred many years ago. Additionally, Senator Craig plead guilty to committing his crime in a public place. Finally, the legal aspects relating to his denying committing the act he plead guilty to (which I personally acknowledge I do not find entirely impossible) are not present in the Vitter example.

This is not to say that perhaps certain prominent Republicans (such as Senator McCain and former Governor Romney) may have rapidly called for Craig's resignation merely for political gain, however the Craig and Vitter cases are rather different.

Larry Craig Senate liason f... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Larry Craig Senate liason for Mitt:
"Knowing Governor Mitt Romney is knowing somebody who first and foremost has very strong family values. That's something I grew up with and believe in."

Don't you just love these holier than thou republicans?

You bet, there's a Grand Ol... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

You bet, there's a Grand Old Potty double standard & it isn't whether or not one pleads guilty viz-a-viz acknowledges that he sinned in diapers or that one crime was prosecuted and the other potential crime only leaked.

The Grand Old Potty's double standard is quite simply this: which Repervlican senator serves concurrently w/ a Republican governor.

There are absolutely clear ... (Below threshold)

There are absolutely clear differences in the Vitter and Craig cases besides their sexual preferences.

As Jim notes above, Vitter's "offense" came long ago. He has neither been charged with nor convicted of any crime, NOR did he admit to any. He admitted to "past sins," presumably adultery, but not any crime.

At the time of Vitter's activity, he was a member of the House of Representatives, so the Senate has no jurisdiction over that behavior according to Senate ethics rules. Craig's activity has come as a sitting Senator.

If Vitter is convicted or pleads guilty to a crime, I will also call for his resignation.

In the meanwhile, where is Ted Kennedy's resignation? It's going on forty years overdue . . .

It should be noted that Rom... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

It should be noted that Romney dropped him when the news was first announced. I guess you missed that one or perhaps you're an illiterate moron. I'm betting the latter rather than the former based on your track record.

As for Craig, I hope the door leaves a deep bruise when it slams him in the ass on his way out.

FWIW why didn't he just announce he was resigning today, he could be replaced by Tuesday.

"As for the double standard... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"As for the double standard the GOP is practicing between David Vitter, who actually did engage in criminal sex acts, and Craig, who was guilty of nothing more than solicitation, it's simply shameful."

Not that that's ever mattered to you conservatives since December 2000, when you anointed Thc Chimp to be your Moron King.

Craig is sorry he got caugh... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Craig is sorry he got caught. He expresses no real remorse or repentance. He is an abject liar and that is worse than the original sin.

Jim (post #1), I agree completely.

The clever blogger TBogg ha... (Below threshold)
Herman:

The clever blogger TBogg has a quotation which humorously yet accurately reflects the viewpoint of many on The Left with regards to this whole matter:

"I have to admit that even I am stunned at the virulence that Republicans have have expressed against Senator Larry Craig, and so quickly I might add. Loss of his committee leadership posts, calls for his resignation, nobody wants to share an ice cream cone with him anymore.... sad, so very sad. If only he had not been so gay and had, instead, just checked into a hotel room, donned a diaper, and fucked a couple of hookers like a normal Republican. They are conservatives and thinking outside the box is just unacceptable."

Looks like the liberals lik... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Looks like the liberals like CB, Herman, and FF are trying to say that they are expect the dem party is in the liberal sewage. That 's why they don't need to hold the Dem party to any standard. So they are happy to support their crooks like CLinton, Jefferson etc... In other words, liberals expect their liberal leaders to be hypocrites, anti-American, anti-christian, and anti-seimistic bigots. Liberals are not self-righteous. They are proud to be hypocrites, enjoying the freedom of America while slandering their country and aiding her enemies. They are happy to support Barney Frank, Gerry Studd, Harry Reid, Pelosi, Bill and Harry Clinton etc... If they break the laws or sell out the country to advance liberal agenda, there are no problems at all. Liberals proclaim that they don't care about any standard. Hypocrisy is simply a political ploy for liberals. Liberals expect their politians to be hypocrites.

How modern liberals think</... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

How modern liberals think

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

LoveAmerica Ignorantgant</p... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

LoveAmerica Ignorantgant

First off, Jefferson has not yet been convicted and, secondly, Clinton was not convicted of perjury in his Senate trial nor was he prosecuted in a criminal court. When one speaks of crooks, one usually thinks of something apart from perjury, whether admitted or convicted or not. Murder, theft, burglary, rape come to mind among others.

Now as far your puking hatred of liberals goes, try reading this little piece, if you dare.

FF, Actually I am t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

FF,
Actually I am trying to point out the consistency of liberals like yourself that you don't care about the hypocrisy and bigotry of the liberal dem politicians because you expect them to be so. Using your own standard about hate, then liberals really hate America and what is good about this country. It is interesting to see that you are trying to justify the behavior of your liberal leaders. You expect them to be hypocrites and bigots. So you don't need to hold them accountable. Your rhetoric clearly show that. I think we have an agreement here. Since the Reps claim to adhere to a standard, it is right to call them to account when they fail to live up to that standard. On other hand, the liberals don't seem to have any standard. And you guys proudly proclaim that by your very actions/rhetoric.

Now as far your pu... (Below threshold)
Now as far your puking hatred of liberals goes, try reading this little piece, if you dare.

How trite. But since you want to play that game, as far as your blinding, visceral hatred of conservatives, try reading this.

Foolish FreedomFried.

FF, BTW, Clinton wa... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

FF,
BTW, Clinton was accused of an alledged rape (of Juanita Broadrick) in Arkansas. Liberal women leaders were willing to look the other way and defend Clinton since he was pro-choice. Clinton was such a good liars and good fund-raising with Chinese communist money that the liberal dems continue to make Hillary the front-runner. Looks like liberals are consistent in proclaiming that they expect their leaders to by crooks and chimps (using Herman 's terminology) and hypocrites.

FF, This is probab... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

FF,
This is probably a major reason why liberals continue to support the Clinton, esp Hillary, who was behind Janet Reno as AG. The Clinton was willing to cut and run. But liberals love the way Clinton was tough in using the military against American women/children at Waco. Liberals also loved how Clinto was willing to use force to bring Elian back to Castro. The Clinton was willing to kiss up to Arafat and Kim Yong Il while being tough on American allies. This is what liberals expect it from their leaders. No wonder they continue to make Hillary the front runner. They even love the candidates who try to exceed Clinton in this area.

FreedomFries writes: "secon... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FreedomFries writes: "secondly, Clinton was not convicted of perjury in his Senate trial nor was he prosecuted in a criminal court."

While this was more accurate than usual for FF, it is of course misleading as one comes to expect with FF. Bill Clinton reached a diversion agreement with the independant counsel's office to avoid criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice and perjury in the civil case of Jones v. Clinton.

freedomFRIED:F... (Below threshold)
marc:

freedomFRIED:

First off, Jefferson has not yet been convicted and, secondly, Clinton was not convicted of perjury in his Senate trial nor was he prosecuted in a criminal court.

Vitter wasn't convicted of a crime, in fact never charged with a crime so your comparison to Jefferson is BS (typical of you) In fact, unless the location where Vitter had his liaison[s] didn't have a "John Law' he didn't break a law.

Clinton wasn't "convicted" because of politics, not because he was innocent.

I don't know why everybody ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I don't know why everybody keeps avoiding the subject. This was a US Senator, soliciting homosexual sex from a stranger in a public bathroom. It's depraved behavior unworthy of a US Senator. That doesn't make me or anybody else a homophobe, any more that the many other sex scandals to come out of Washington in the past 20 years.

All the speechifying on both sides doesn't mean a thing. He screwed up, he got caught, he admitted it, and he's out. The rest is politics.

Hey, FF. Senator Ted Kenned... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Hey, FF. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick) pled guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident (not sure if that's a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony in the State of Massachusetts) lo, these many years ago.

Therefore, he is a convicted criminal, just like Senator Larry Craig (R-Minneapolis Airport Bathroom) is now.

And, Senator Kennedy's incident involved the death of a young lady. Whom was injured or killed in Senator Craig's incident?

I expect to hear you calling for Senator Kennedy's resignation post-haste, not to mention your denunciation of those Democrats who have called for Craig's ouster but not Kennedy's.

John in Ca, from your link,... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

John in Ca, from your link, "Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because his parents instilled in him the value of hard work"

Your contrarian "Day in the Life" may amuse you, but this is just an example of Freeper crap.

For example, the US median household income in 2006 was $48,201 w/ half of all US households under that level. Most of this lower half of households would be lucky to have pensions, any health insurance or pensions that won't ultimately end up devalued through a takeover or eliminated completely. Those households would be lucky to have a one week vacation whether they could afford to go somewhere or not.

Your link is pure Freeper delusion.

CCG, I've nowhere said a th... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

CCG, I've nowhere said a thing about who should resign or who should not.

In that case, FF, kindly do... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

In that case, FF, kindly don't bother those of us who are willing to state that we believe that convicted criminals don't belong in the United States Congress regardless of party affiliation.

For example, the U... (Below threshold)
For example, the US median household income in 2006 was $48,201 w/ half of all US households under that level.

No kidding, FreedomFried? That's what median means? Huh. Who knew? And I thought it was the divider in the middle of the highway.

So, tell me, what is the difference between median and mean? Oh, mean is average - like FreedomFried. AverageFried. Roll's off the tongue, don't you think?

Your contrarian "Day in the Life" may amuse you, but this is just an example of Freeper crap.

Then maybe you will prefer this link

Your linked propaganda piece, Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican is just a example a piece of liberal crap that some self righteous socialist pounded out to make socialist liberals like you feel good about yourself. After all, you all need something to cling to.

Has vitter plead guilty to ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Has vitter plead guilty to any charges in a court of law? I know Larry Craig did, and thats the difference maker to me.

Don't you love those holier than thou democrats too?

Oh, and i bet if Craig were... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Oh, and i bet if Craig were to have went to court, plead innocent and fought this thing tooth and nail, he'd have more people circling the wagons. Once you've admitted guilt in a court of law, it's pretty hard to support that...

By the way, FF, here's your... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

By the way, FF, here's your golden opportunity to explain just what your opinion is on convicted criminals (of either party) serving in Congress.

I sort of suspect that it's gonna be something like, "if they have a (D) after their name it's OK, but if they have an (R), it's not acceptable."

Actually, CCG, it's neither... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

Actually, CCG, it's neither. I don't much care depending on the crime. It's the goddamned hypocrisy...not the sort of hypocrisy where someone fails w/ their own personal moral code, but rather when someone preaches & deliberately uses their alleged moral code of hypocrisy to publicly flog & bash others, as is typical w/ Repervlicans who use this tactic as a tool to win elections and drive wedge issues. That's why we have Toiletgate, Diapergate, Livingston, Foley and Gingrich. Nice roster of preaching values phonies. And those are only the list of your sex pervs and miscreants.

That's the difference between Democrats and Repervlicans.

Riiiiiight, FF.How... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Riiiiiight, FF.

How about John Edwards, who made millions as an equity trader, now wanting to raise taxes on them?

How about Algore who "purchases" something called "carbon credits" from a company he owns, thereby paying nothing?

How about allllllllllll the lefties talking about the evils of using SUVs... except, of course, the ones they drive around in?

By the way, have you read the arrest report on Senator Craig? All that happened was that his shoe touched the officer's once. He did not expose himself to the officer, he did not verbally solicit sex, he did not pass a note soliciting sex. All he did was touch another man's shoe with his shoe. Unless you have a very weird foot fetish, that's not sexual, sorry.

And yes, I deliberately waited this long to bring that up. I wanted to watch alllllll you lefties get up in arms about his so-called "sex crimes" before I dropped the bomb on you.

Next time try to get all the data you can on a situation before putting fingers to keyboards.




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