Friday, October 5, 2007

Please Resign Senator Craig

I don't know if Sen. Larry Craig is a public men's room trolling pervert, yet it doesn't look good for him. At all.

When I first saw the headline and lede for this story, the initial thought was that the Senator got caught in a full Brokeback Mountain in that Minneapolis bathroom. Not so, of course. Listening to the tape with the obnoxious arresting officer does engender minor sympathy for Craig, with the near-juvenile back-and-forth between him and Craig about foot-tapping.

Still, Sen. Craig has to go. He's an abject embarrassment. Cameras will continue to follow him, he'll continue to be asked why he broke his word regarding resignation, and Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to remind voters of Republican hypocrisy on "family values" issues while he attempts to elect more Senate Democrats as chairman of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

Even worse for Republicans, is their national nominating convention will be held in Minneapolis. If Craig is still serving, and even has the nerve to attend the convention, that tourist attraction bathroom for the demented is going to be a national media story - a "family values" story.

Democrats are loving this Craig drama. The old political saying applies: Don't get in the way of your opponents while they're in the middle of destroying themselves.

There is some solace for Craig. Even if the arresting officer is 100 percent accurate about the facts, what Sen. Craig did pales in comparison to the past lurid behavior of a few colleagues. The senior Senator/Aquatic Wonder from Massachusetts brought us Chappaquiddick, and Sen. Robert C. Byrd was a walking-talking hate crime in his late 20's and early 30's as a Ku Klux Klan Kleagle.

Sen. Craig has to understand this political dynamic every time he looks across the Senate chamber and sees Teddy and Bob (among others). Perhaps that's a reason why he decided to finish his term.

Hollywood Airhead of the Week On Politics

Brad Pitt Urges George Clooney To Run For President

Brad Pitt should stick to things he understands. Like tanning beds and hair gel.

The Catcher of the Phony

Phony of the Week: Senator Daniel Akaka.

On Monday, Senator Akaka said regarding the Rush Limbaugh "phony soldier" controversy.

"Well I feel that any citizen has a vote, a right to voice their opinion on anything they want to do and I think this Limbaugh, though I don't agree with him on many things, has the right to say what he says. And I don't think we need do legislation to get at him. I think, however, it's something that people can talk about and maybe help them render judgments. But I don't think we need to set any laws to stop that."

Yet he signed the letter with 40 other Senate Democrats to Clear Channel Communications that denounced Limbaugh.

The Daily Chichester

The Times today quotes Rudy extensively from his radio show days while New York City Mayor (A personal favorite remains: “David, your compulsion, your excessive concern for weasels is a sign of something wrong in your personality. I am giving you the benefit of 55 years of experience — having handled insanity defenses, you need help.”)

The Governor-Infant is mad, shockingly, at county clerks for denouncing his scheme to provide driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont, who resigned from the Intelligence Committee after he provided sensitive information to a reporter, knows who the enemy is - the United States Department of Justice.

Hillary still being criticized for her debate performance.

James Gandolfini loses his mind.