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August 28, 2007

Larry Craig: I Never Had Homosexual Sex Or Solicited Homosexual Sex, And Besides, That Undercover Cop Was Adorable


L to R: An undercover cop with a sexy Dougie Howser thing going;
The Joker before falling into a chemical vat in a gaybar "buddy booth"

Seriously, who could blame him?

Sen. Larry Craig, who in May told the Idaho Statesman he had never engaged in homosexual acts, was arrested less than a month later by an undercover police officer who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him in an airport men's room.

The arrest at a Minnesota airport prompted Craig to plead guilty to disorderly conduct earlier this month. His June 11 encounter with the officer was similar to an incident in a men's room in a Washington, D.C., rail station described by a Washington-area man to the Idaho Statesman. In that case, the man said he and Craig had sexual contact.

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In an interview on May 14, Craig told the Idaho Statesman he'd never engaged in sex with a man or solicited sex with a man. The Craig interview was the culmination of a Statesman investigation that began after a blogger accused Craig of homosexual sex in October. Over five months, the Statesman examined rumors about Craig dating to his college days and his 1982 pre-emptive denial that he had sex with underage congressional pages.

The most serious finding by the Statesman was the report by a professional man with close ties to Republican officials. The 40-year-old man reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004. The Statesman also spoke with a man who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him at the University of Idaho in 1967 and a man who said Craig "cruised" him for sex in 1994 at the REI store in Boise. The Statesman also explored dozens of allegations that proved untrue, unclear or unverifiable.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party the media gloats over dreams of capturing a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The last Democratic president to enjoy a filibuster-proof Senate majority was Jimmy Carter 30 years ago.

But it now looks possible that in next year’s elections the Democrats just might attain the 60 seats they need to foil Republican filibusters.

Democrats now have 51 seats, if one includes independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who calls himself an independent Democrat.

Craig should resign but apparently he refuses to do so. So he must be forced out by a GOP challenger. He cannot hope to hold the seat. Whether that's fair or not, I don't know. But that's just the way it is. The GOP cannot afford to keep losing Senate seats in the deepest red states.

High profile elected office is the wrong job for a closeted homosexual who apparently can't even manage a bit of discretion about his cruising.

Over at Hugh Hewitt, there are some comparisons to the David Vitter situation. Here's one difference: Vitter isn't up for re-election and I'm not even sure whoring around is a misdemeanor in Louisiana.

And Larry Craig has repeatedly stuck his thumb in the eye of his conservative base. He was pro-amnesty all the way home.

I have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps he thought tacking to the left would protect him from the liberal media when this all came out. He certainly was behaving as if he were compromised. Well, if he had thoughts along those lines, I hope he realizes he was wrong to fear the liberal media more than his own conservative constituents. Perhaps if he'd been a good soldier we could manage to swallow our misgivings and fight (reluctantly) on his behalf.

Instead, we're left wondering which part of the Craig Agenda we're the most psyched about: The pro-amnesty agenda or trying to suck stranger's dicks in public bathrooms, which will of course benefit his very tolerant Democratic opponent.

I'm not sure I'm especially keen on either of them.



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