August 29, 2007

GOP Senators Hoping to Probe Larry Craig? (UPDATED)

That's what I'm hearing:

WASHINGTON -- Senate GOP leaders called for an ethics investigation of Senator Larry Craig yesterday as he dug in for a legal and political fight to save his congressional career after acknowledging he had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident with an undercover police officer in an airport men's room.
So, this is another one of those "shocked...shocked, I say" moments for the GOP leadership. I'm not buying it. I used to live in D.C. If you've lived there, you know it's a damn small town. Even as a bottom-rung nobody, I was constantly running into people I knew. And this is a town where the gossip mill runs at full clip. If Larry Craig's been looking for love in all the wrong places for any length of time, the "old boys' network" is well-aware of it. I'll wager there are plenty of Capitol Hill staffers with stories to share, should they be so inclined.

This isn't about whether Craig gets an impromptu prostate exam now and then. I really don't care about that so much. For my money, I think we'd all be better off if we could get past some of this stuff and just let the butt-pirates do their thing (in private). The truth is, though, that a closeted senator is, in this day and age, a prime target for blackmail, even if he's quiet about it. A senator whose hobbies include playing a rusty trombone in the back corners of a public john is a real problem. If your wife thinks that Snowball, Dirty Sanchez and Lucky Pierre are just the nicknames of your poker buddies, you may very well be a disaster waiting to happen. By knowingly allowing men like Mark Foley and Larry Craig to serve in positions of power despite their vulnerability to undue pressure, our nation's political leadership has, once again, let us down.

UPDATE : Below the fold, Sen. Craig from 1999, sharing his opinion on a "nasty, bad, naughty boy." (Warning: kinda creepy.)

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:46 AM | Comments |