Sep 05 2007

Craig Stands And Fights

Published by at 1:24 am under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions

Senator Craig is leaving open the option that he may not resign:

In a surprise twist, Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) has left open, albeit slightly, the possibility that he will not resign from the Senate if he succeeds in his fight to clear his name of allegations that he solicited sex in a Minnesota airport restroom in June.

“Sen. Craig still intends to resign,” his spokesman, Dan Whiting, said in an interview Tuesday night. “That being said, Sen. Craig wants it clear he’s fighting these charges, both in Minneapolis and in the Senate Ethics Committee, and if the wheels of justice are able to turn quick enough, meaning before Sept. 30, he may — and I emphasize may — not resign.

After 27 years in office I say take your time Senator. There is no rush to replace you or set up new candidates for next fall if you decide to leave. Don’t let the weak-kneed purists push you out without a challenge. If you are innocent, then fight for your honor and reputation. And if you decide after you have won that battle it is still not worth staying – we would all understand.

Update: Per Drudge, the GOP is not happy the man is fighting for his honor and fair justice:

Top Republican strategists were neither delighted nor amused by the senator’s decision to rethink retirement after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct following his arrest in a Minnesota airport men’s bathroom.

Too eff’ing bad for the self centered, power obsessed GOP. They have become the equal of the far left, willing to sacrifice any person and all morals to stay in power. The far right started this slide into the muck when it attacked Harriet Miers personally and viciously – led by a man (David Frum) with a personal vendetta against the woman. And it continued with attacks on Gonzales and Bush himself. Well, if I have to pick who should survive to represent this country it sure as hell is not those who use unwarranted and unfounded personal attacks to remove people from public office or opportunity. They do not represent the best of America – it’s as simple as that.

17 responses so far

17 Responses to “Craig Stands And Fights”

  1. infidelesto says:

    looks like it was never his intent to resign in the first place

    Voicemail from Larry Craig reveals his “intent” to mislead the public

  2. Terrye says:

    I doubt if the back stabbers in the GOP will let him back in, but it would be interesting if he fought the charges and won.

  3. Jacqui says:

    Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh gave a clear signal that he thought Craig should not resign but stay and fight. Many callers disagreed with him but his message was that the liberals and the media were picking off Republicans one by one and many in the GOP were helping them not out of Conservative purity but out of fear…from Gingrich to Livingston to Delay. Rush’s message was that it was time for the GOP to stop being afraid and stand up and fight.

  4. Craig May Not Resign…

    First he says he’s not quitting, then he says he is, now he says maybe.
    Look, I’ll try not t…

  5. dave m says:

    Good for him. Enough of this stupidity.
    In America 2008, it is not illegal to have an orientation that
    the (lying) MSM impunes Senator Craig to have.
    He should just say yeah, so?
    Why impose standards on the Republicans that the Democrats do
    not impose upon themselves? That just makes it more likely to
    hand victory to the Dems, and down that road lies ultimate
    surrender and tragedy.
    Imagine if Hillary spent her summer vacation with friends on
    Lesbos, (a Greek usland)?
    Would Billy be upset?
    Would the (lying) MSM report it?
    Hael No!
    Stop Being Stupid.

  6. ivehadit says:

    It would be good for republicans that they stand up to the msm and democrats. let the backlash begin. But Mike Rodgers is on a witchhunt, imho. May his karma visit him in triplicate daily.

    I still think Craig is weird. He had two months to get an attorney and to NOT plead guilty. He caved to the policeman in the restroom and to the charges. I just don’t get it.

  7. “…He caved to the policeman in the restroom and to the charges. I just don’t get it. …

    Just read Novak over the past couple of days; GOP Leaders in the Senate have known for YEARS that Craig was a risk-taking, closet homosexual, and they were not at all surprised when this came out; they’ve been expecting it, and dreading it for years!

    Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanaition is most often the only one!

    Craig wants to be a homosexual, that’s fine; and that’s his problem.

    But he’s still a liar, a hypocrite, and a fraud, and anyone here who defends, is living in the same lala-land that he inhabits!

  8. Soothsayer says:

    Will wonders never cease; again, Soothsayer and DaleinAtlanta are on the same page regarding Craig:

    1. I don’t care if he’s gay; but why lie about it?

    2. First he pleads guilty; then he doesn’t want to plead guilty.

    3. First, he intends to resign; then he doesn’t want to resign.

    Larry, make up your flip-flopping mind, and stop trying to pick up action in public restrooms. From the viewpoint of Democrats (which I am not) this couldn’t get any better unless Karl Rove gets caught with his pinkies in some Boy Scout’s trousers.

    If Craig wants to make a fight out of this, it’ll keep GOPerversion on the front page for months. I could understand it if the governor of Idaho were a Democrat, then the Republicans wouldn’t want a Democrat interim senator, but ANYONE the Idaho gov names as replacement will have a better chance next election than Craig will.

    Craig is just being selfish (which his closeted gay behavior reflects also), and, to quote my colleague in Atlanta:

    he’s still a liar, a hypocrite, and a fraud, and anyone here who defends, is living in the same lala-land that he inhabits!

  9. SallyVee says:

    In the tradition of bin Laden, the SuperGayOuterHero Mike Rogers openly declared war and published his battle strategy. If we roll over like obedient dogs, we might as well send up a white flag to the disturbed little twerp… or why not just pre-emptively round up all gay Pubbies (plus the ones with gorgeous office drapes and manicured fingernails just to be safe) and set them ablaze on Capitol Hill? Would that satisfy the Lib Gay Gestapo? Heck we could throw in every Girl Pubbie who can lift more than 50# and anyone who knows the lyrics to Oklahoma.

    At the very least, Larry Craig is guaranteeing a month of indigestion for the GOP “leaders.” I’m going to enjoy that immensely.

  10. SallyVee says:

    Have y’all visited Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood blog… it’s pretty amusing with the giant phallic symbol photographed at night so it appears to have Satanic red glowing eyes at the top. *Not* over-the-top at all.

    And check out McCarthy Mike’s “list so far” of outed GOPpers. Scroll down in the left side bar:

  11. Soothsayer says:

    So, SallyVee equates the outing of closeted gays who advocate publicly against gay rights by Mr. Rogers with the killing of 3,000 American citizens in an unprecedented act of terrorism by former Bush business associate Mr. bin Laden?? Did I hear that correctly.

  12. SallyVee says:

    Soothie, you’re such a drama queen. To properly send up you and your sort, we’d need to summon Shakespeare, Freud and Mel Brooks.

  13. Terrye says:

    So Rush is finally catching on to the fact that the GOP is not above turning on its own? Well, what did he do with the immigration issue? But now it is becoming so obvious that the purity police are trying to turn the GOP into a permanent minority party that even Rush can see it.

    And why would I be surprised that soothie and Dale are on the same page? Truth is, it does no surprise me a bit.

  14. Soothsayer says:

    And why does it not surprise me that Terrye and convicted drug user and draft-dodger Rush Limbaugh are on the same mind-addled page.

  15. Terrye says:

    Actually Sooth I got chewed out by a rightie the other day for not liking Rush all that much. In fact I don’t like talk radio.

    But hey, if you have a problem with drug abusing draft dodgers, how did you manage to vote for Clinton?

    You are old enough to have voted for Slick Willie right?

  16. poodlemom says:

    Those of you who think enabling Craig will somehow prove “the GOP can’t be pushed around” are delusional. If there had never been a hint of this sort of behavior Craig might have been able to survive this, but as someone else pointed out he’s been dodging this issue since 1982.

    I followed a link off Hot Air to Mike Roger’s site (I’m not going to link to it here, it’s nasty). Craig has been a topic on that site for quite some time (well before this current episode). Right now they are jumping for joy at the possibility that Craig will stick around!!

    I agree that the cop’s behavior in Minneapolis smacks of entrapment, but does the GOP want to take the fight to the trenches over a Larry Craig? The men I know would have said h*ll no, if a cop had tried to get them to admit to the lewd behavior charges. As it was, he plead the charges down; if there had never been a hint surrounding his sexuality do you honestly believe he would have agreed to the reduced charges? If the charges were false I would have expected to hear some honest indignation in his voice on the tape; I didn’t hear it……he sounded like someone who just realized he’d been caught and would do anything to make it go away.

    This entire episode brings to mind that song by Kenny Rogers “You Gotta Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em”. The GOP doesn’t need to hand a club to the Dems to clobber them for the next 15 months……and clobber us they will, don’t kid yourselves.

  17. Soothsayer says:


    I only have a problem with drug-abusing draft-dodgers who SUPPORTED the war but didn’t serve, thereby revealing themselves to be hypocritical cowards . . . like Bush, Cheney and Rush.