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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

GOP to Craig: Resign, Bitch!

posted by on August 29 at 16:13 PM

You there—yeah you, the guy playing footsie with undercover cops in airport toilets. You’ve gotta go. But that married “family values” screamer that pays prostitutes to put him diapers? He can stay.

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Your political career called. It wants to break up.

Posted by monkey | August 29, 2007 4:36 PM

Apparently this sort of thing has happened in Idaho before, as witness this story from 1955 in Time Magazine.,9171,711877,00.html

I especially love this sentence:

Interior Decorator Charles H. Gordon, 40, got 15 years.

I didn't know that "Interior Decorator" was a proper noun. Or is it only capitalized when it's a gay interior decorator (or "Interior Decorator" as the case may be).

Posted by wile_e_quixote | August 29, 2007 4:40 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 4:50 PM

Rank hypocrisy is fine, but today's GOP will simply not abide homosexuality.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 29, 2007 5:16 PM

Before this, the MSP airport police force's chief claim to notoriety was their violent harassment of bikes and bicyclers. It's good to hear that they're finally honing in on the real threats to the safety of the traveling public.

Posted by TLjr | August 29, 2007 6:48 PM

There is one point that should be made here, which is that he was actually convicted. Not of much, but he was convicted. The diapered gentleman who visited prostitutes was not. This allows the republicans to put it into terms of a criminal misconduct type thing, as opposed to a gay thing.

Posted by wench | August 29, 2007 6:51 PM

@6: umm . . . why do you think Senator Craig was convicted and not Senator Vitter (statute of limitations issues aside)? Because Senator Craig did something *very, very bad* (i.e., he attempted to have illegal gay sex) while Senator Vitter only did something (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) "bad" (i.e., he actually had illegal straight sex). Vitter essentially confessed to having committed the crime, but no one is calling for him to resign. See Dan's prior post on the blatant double standard. Grr.

Posted by kk | August 29, 2007 7:37 PM

Well, gay thing aside, this is the GOP. They can't abide that Craig was getting his sex for free. Now, Vitter was taking part in the commodification of one of the deepest aspects of human nature. That's more up the GOP's alley.

Posted by Gitai | August 29, 2007 8:01 PM

The most confusing thing to me about this whole thing is that Craig spent his whole press conference denying that he was gay. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't he believe that "gay" is a choice and not something that a person is? I think that makes this even worse for him since he "chose" to be a homosexual. As if looking for sex in a bathroom isn't bad enough, he "chose" to look for a man to do it with.

Posted by ado | August 29, 2007 8:35 PM

It's actually occurred to me that Larry Craig's attempts to engage in gay bathroom sex and his anti-gay votes aren't hypocritical at all. After all, if Larry Craig isn't free to live an open, honest gay life, why should anyone else be? If Craig can't admit his orientation to his wife, his donors, his constituents, then what right should two other queers have to openly declare their love at a marriage ceremony? Why shouldn't all of us suffer like he has to, condemned to lustless marriages and seeking out sordid and shameful encounters with strangers in other states -- who hopefully won't look at his face or recognise him? Sounds perfectly consistent to me.

Posted by Psyche | August 30, 2007 2:27 AM

I know I'm probably being super naive, but is there any possibility that Craig wasn't trying to get some in the potty? Couldn't he have just been nosy? Or seeking a spare square?

Maybe it's that I'm a straight girl and have never fucked anybody in the toilet and therefore don't know what the obvious signals for that are, or it could be that the idea of Larry Craig fucking anyone makes me vomit just a bit in my mouth, but couldn't he have just gotten flustered and then plead guilty to hush it up?

I don't know why the GOP cares...okay I do know, but it's just so fucking stupid. Aren't we still killing people in Iraq? Stupid fucking country. Again.

Posted by Rebecca | August 30, 2007 3:39 AM

Some commenters on Craig's saga on other boards assert that there is an entire subculture of horny straights who like to blow and get blown. I always thought that men who liked to have sex with other men were, oh I dunno, gay or bi or something.

Could Craig be straight? Will any warm moist place do for most guys, while waiting for their flight to be called? It's not like Craig had been denied conjugal visits.

Posted by Need remedial sex ed | August 30, 2007 7:44 AM

Close paraphrase of intro to Fabulous Larry's press conference: "I want to thank you for coming out today."

Posted by Happy Feet | August 30, 2007 8:45 AM

Larry Craig: born in Idaho, reared in Minneapolis.

Posted by via stephanie | August 30, 2007 8:49 AM

@11: If you need help visualizing what the gentleman from Idaho did on his MSP "layover," has the reenactment. As you can see, it's highly unlikely that Senator Craig simply had a "wide stance" or was searching for a stray piece of TP.

Posted by kk | August 30, 2007 9:03 AM

When this story was breaking earlier in the week, one brilliant Slogger introduced the term "stray" to the thread as a description the Craiger and his ilk. Great choice. There is some precedence for use of the term, as listed in the UrbanDictionary ( from as far back as 2005, although not quite in this context. I urge the respondent to add the new definition to the lexicon.

Posted by QuimbyMcF | August 30, 2007 9:47 AM

Let us not forget the REAL victems of this tragedy. The police officers who must have really pissed off someone above them to patrol around public restrooms to look for people about to embark in lewd conduct!

I would rather be the meter maid

Posted by OR Matt | August 30, 2007 11:23 AM

yeah, can you imagine the shittrain those poor cops are running from now?

Posted by frequency ass bandit | August 30, 2007 4:04 PM

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