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Senator Larry Craig: The Comeback!

Just in time for your toe-tappin' restroom pleasure, The Unsinkable Larry Craig hints he may reconsider his resignation from the Senate, contest his guilty plea in appellate court, and bring the long shadow of his wide stance back to the Senate cloakroom, sayeth the Associated Press:


Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening.

"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."

Craig, a Republican who has represented Idaho in Congress for 27 years, announced Saturday that he intends to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30. But since then, he's hired a prominent lawyer to investigate the possibility of reversing his plea, his spokesman said.


Read it all at the above link. This is apparently no joke, the guy is actually considering a "takes-back" on his resignation and guilty plea and conviction over disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room.

Craig has firmed his resolve and is hardening his position now, threatening to stick it out in the Senate, come what may. He's not just playin' footsie anymore . . . "Larry Craig: Bendin' over backwards for Idaho!"

Stranger than fiction . . .


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Comments (22)

Craig has firmed his res... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Craig has firmed his resolve and is hardening his position now, threatening to stick it out in the Senate, come what may. He's not just playin' footsie anymore . . . "Larry Craig: Bendin' over backwards for Idaho!"

You've been working on this paragraph all night, haven't you?

As for the news...oh, God, we get to hear more about "toiletgate"...

Ha! That stuff rolls off t... (Below threshold)

Ha! That stuff rolls off the fingertips . . . it's a gift.

Just wait 'til we have a serious topic about breasts - then I'll get really jiggly with it . . .

Cromwell's words to the Lon... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Cromwell's words to the Long Parliament come to mind.

I thought the arrest was BS, but regardless, Craig has shown that whatever else he may be, he's not bright enough to be a senator. Be gone.

Foley was the victim of a t... (Below threshold)
kim:

Foley was the victim of a timed dirty trick and many suspected Melanie Sloan and CREW. Perhap Craig has evidence of similar doings. Either fight it or continue to be victimized.
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[h]e's not bright ... (Below threshold)
[h]e's not bright enough to be a senator...

And the bar isn't real high. If that was the case, Babs Boxer would have been gone a long time ago.

"Not bright enough to be a senator" was my reasoning on the whole thing. Cops a plea to a lesser charge from a charge to something he says he didn't do, and sure sounds like he had plenty to base that on.

John, not just cops a plea ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

John, not just cops a plea but does so without consulting an attorney. Definitely not bright enough to be a senator.

This case could take some i... (Below threshold)
kim:

This case could take some interesting turns. Supposedly, there is a list. Do those on it, sit and wait for the knife, or do they do something about it. This may be a turning point in the politics of homosexuality. It made no sense the Democrats demonizing homosexuality last year by conflating it with child predation. Karma has a long memory.
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Craig could always claim th... (Below threshold)
ras:

Craig could always claim that the bathroom stall was his congressional office du jour and that the evidence is therefore privileged. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket. Privileged, yeah.

Not a good idea. This seat... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

Not a good idea. This seat was almost a guaranteed Republican win if someone else was running for the seat, but if he is the candidate, it makes sleaze an issue and that sort of thing doesn't play well in that part of the country.

Craig should definitely sta... (Below threshold)

Craig should definitely stand his ground and fight. It's not as if he actually did anything other than tap his shoes. That shouldn't be a federal crime for God's sake.

I think the Republicans got carried away on this for some inexplicable reason. They forgot innocent until proven guilty. Actually, innocent even though pleading guilty in Craig's case.

The actual "offense" would ... (Below threshold)

The actual "offense" would be difficult to prove in court, but he did in fact plead guilty.

Craig's fatal error was in flashing his Senate business card in an apparent attempt to get out of it completely. If he hadn't tipped them off, the whole thing would have been about some guy named Larry Craig from Idaho who pleaded guilty, and forgotten. Only political junkies know Craig is a Senator - until he made sure of it.

It's fitting, though - the guy could have skated if he hadn't tried to use his position to his advantage. Who would have known? Hoist on his own petard, as it were . . .

Couldn't happen to nicer gr... (Below threshold)
Donnie:

Couldn't happen to nicer group of folks. The republic party. National Joke. Hah! Haha. CRAIG IZ bak!

Craig's fatal erro... (Below threshold)
Craig's fatal error was in flashing his Senate business card in an apparent attempt to get out of it completely.

Yeah, that was pretty disgusting too. The ole "Do you know who I am"? Puts him right there with John F'ing Kerry.

I don't see this happening.... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

I don't see this happening. Someone at the top of the party will tell him to keep his mouth shut and enjoy his retirement. As someone said, if he decides to run again, he has to do it next year, not in '10 or '12. You could definately see a Democratic senator from Idaho if he stays around.

This is the greate... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

This is the greatest news. Stretch this out!!!! Is Larry twisting the knife in the already dead GOP for revenge?

Now you know why the GOP is having there convention in Minneapolis.

If he has some proof of dir... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

If he has some proof of dirty tricks by the dimmers, bring it out. If not, shut up and go. ww

I listened to the tape of C... (Below threshold)

I listened to the tape of Craig and the officer. I really don't think Craig did it. My housemate, a counselor who deals with people lying to her all day long, says the cop is full of crap and has played almost every psychological card possible to get Craig to admit he's guilty.

Whether or not that matters at this point is rather moot, because Craig doesn't seem to be the brightest crayon in the box by a long shot. He should at the least give up his Senatorial position while he dukes it out in court.

Bring it on Lar... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Bring it on Larry.

The greedy old party, the gift that keeps on giving.

This is priceless.

Marc? SPQR? Liimoge? and our ever so trusting Kim? Your spin please.


We see others have weighed in with their "please don't drag us to eplain our fmaily values position" again. But we oh so want to hear how you plan to pretend that somehow you have the corner on legislating morality. Yes, PLEEEZE, bring it on.


"Foley was the victim of... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Foley was the victim of a timed dirty trick and many suspected Melanie Sloan and CREW. Perhap Craig has evidence of similar doings. Either fight it or continue to be victimized." kim

Bwahahahahahahahaha, it was Schummer, you failed Analcle, and you didn't even recognize the toilet-duty officer as McNulty in a rubber mask.

"John, not just cops a p... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"John, not just cops a plea but does so without consulting an attorney. Definitely not bright enough to be a senator."

But SPuQQer, still enough to be a Repervlican.

What an idiot. He should h... (Below threshold)
Bill Clinton:

What an idiot. He should have had his gay sex in his office on his desk than trolling for it in public men's rooms at the airport. It is much better there, I should know. Picking up a Gay/Bi democrat is not that hard. I should know.

FF, still juvenile I see.</... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FF, still juvenile I see.




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