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Friday, August 31, 2007

Seattle Times: Resign, Sen. Craig

posted by on August 31 at 13:48 PM

In an editorial today, the Seattle Times urged Sen. Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R-Idablow) to resign. The Seattle Times has a pretty sterling reputation when it comes to gay issues—rabidly and reliably pro-gay marriage, for starters—and the paper goes out of its way to let readers know that their call for Craig’s resignation has nothing to do with the senator’s gayness or not-gayness.

Craig is not guilty of being gay. Or of being deceitful or in denial about his sexuality. The senator had a choice, and decided to put the dignity and privilege of his high office at risk in the pursuit of sex in a very public setting.

The official charge is misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but he is truly guilty of felonious stupidity and arrogance….

Human frailties are magnified in the harsh light of a life served in front of and on behalf of the public. Second chances are extended, but there are limits. The surreal notion of a U.S. senator trolling for sexual gratification in an airport restroom crosses that boundary.

So for the Seattle Times the issue seems to be location, location, location. If Sen. Craig—a “family values” crusader, a foe of same-sex marriage, a supporter of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—was caught having gay sex in a hotel room… then it would’ve been alright, despite the hypocrisy? It wasn’t the sex, but where he was trolling for sex?

And what of Louisiana’s David Vitter? Or “Vitter the Shitter,” as this tarnished “family values” crusader is known among professional sex workers in New Orleans. Vitter admitted to sexual “sin,” or hiring hookers, and claims that his wife and God have forgiven him. And so have his colleagues in the GOP—the same folks that are demanding Craig step down gave Vitter a pass. Craig’s conduct is “unforgivable,” says Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Seattle Times would seem to agree to with McConnell—and unless there’s an editorial coming soon calling for Vitter to resign, then the Seattle Times call for Craig’s resignation would seem to have everything to do with his gayness.

Unless the Seattle Times thinks that paying a hooker to put you in diapers is somehow more dignified than trolling for sex in an airport toilet.

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Posted by Tlazolteotl | August 31, 2007 2:02 PM

Idaho has a Republican governor; the Republican Lt. Governor is already being talked about as a replacement for Sen. Craig. Louisiana has a Democratic governor, who presumably would select a Democratic replacement for Sen. Vitter. Since Idaho is a safe seat, it's easier to hang Sen. Craig out to dry. Seems like the Republican leadership is more driven by power than morals.

Posted by Michael | August 31, 2007 2:15 PM
Unless the Seattle Times thinks that paying a hooker to put you in diapers is somehow more dignified than trolling for sex in an airport toilet.
Posted by daniel | August 31, 2007 2:22 PM

The longer we can divert the goi with the sexual foibles of their leaders the easier it will be to continue our war.

The penis picadellos of politicians have served as public distractions for centuries and have allowed governments to accomplish much good.

Good job Dan on writing page after page about the Minneapolis masterbation incident. The less the goi think about our war the better.

Posted by Issur | August 31, 2007 2:23 PM

Did he ever say what he was doing at the airport in the first place? I mean, was he going anyway or coming back home? If anyone knows, I'm extremely curious to know.

Posted by ka chunk | August 31, 2007 2:26 PM

And why are we letting Tucker Carlson off the hook? That asshat is still on MSNBC after admitting he returned to a restroom with someone else to beat up someone that hit on him. If his story isn't true, he's then using the Larry Craig story to feather his own journalistic nest. Michael Savage was thrown off MSNBC for less in my opinion.

Craig, Vitter and Carlson. This week. Who's next? Hypocrisy abounds.

Posted by Dave Coffman | August 31, 2007 2:30 PM

@5 It was mentioned in the transcript that he travels thru there several times a week going to and from Idaho.

Posted by the other John | August 31, 2007 2:32 PM

Maybe the Times thinks that it should be legal to pay a hooker to put you in diapers in private but illegal to troll for sex in an airport toilet.

Posted by matthew e | August 31, 2007 2:32 PM

Sen. Craig was on his way east to a benefit performance of the "Singing Senators" who were originally a barbershop quartet until Jim Jeffords left the GOP. They were most famous for their hit "Let the Eagle Fly" but also sang the catchy Elvira as seen here:

Posted by tiptoe tommy | August 31, 2007 2:44 PM

Actually, I too was wondering when the FBI would arrest Tucker for his Hate Crime.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 31, 2007 3:01 PM

I still don't see as much of a double standard as you Dan. Craig plead guilty to a crime - albeit a misdemeanor. He admitted guilt to a crime. Vitter has only admitted a "sin" - not a crime. He has not publicly said what his crime was, even though it seems pretty obvious. He has not been arrested, or charged, or convicted. He most certainly has not plead guilty to anything in a court of law. If Vitter was eventually tried and convicted - or plead guilty - on charges of soliciting prostitution, but was still allowed to keep his seat, then definitely I'd see a double standard.

Posted by MadVal | August 31, 2007 3:09 PM

Too bad Vitters story didn't break earlier.

How exactly did the Craig story stay quiet for two months and what made it come to our attention when it did?

Posted by patrick | August 31, 2007 4:01 PM

Vitter is comparable -- Vitter admitted engaging a prostitute -- That's a crime. End of story.

Posted by unPC | August 31, 2007 4:25 PM

At least hiring a sex worker doesn't involve bystanders who are just trying to take a dump.

Posted by Greg | August 31, 2007 4:45 PM

I'm ambivalent about this resignation. Too bad Craig wasn't booted out of the Senate for being a heartless motherfucker instead of hitting on someone in a toilet. The only moral lesson from this episode is: Closeted public officials - be more sly about your fucking hypocrisy!

Posted by Bauhaus | August 31, 2007 6:20 PM

So you wanted the Times to defend Craig? Would that have appealed to your sense of consistency and fairness? Right....

Posted by Flea | August 31, 2007 7:25 PM

@6 - I wouldn't want to start spreading any really nasty, unsubstantiated rumours - but you best believe Mitch McConnell don't want nobody from his murky past speaking up anytime soon. The fact that he's probably having ulcers just thinking about it warms my heart, though.

Posted by Wowza | August 31, 2007 8:30 PM

But isn't using a hooker in one's own private life something different than public trolling?

in some cases a prostitute is a paid professional. Is that the same as propositioning some stranger in a restroom? Is there an issue here with private/public balance and conduct?

Posted by JJ | September 1, 2007 12:53 AM

Is it OK to read the hypocritical Seattle Times while I'm sitting on a public toilet? Or will their shit fall between my thighs to join my own production? How will this affect my political chances? But seriously folks, blatant hypocrisy on the part of red-state assholes should be punished.

Posted by Dump the Chump | September 1, 2007 1:21 AM

Comment #1 is right on the money. This is about the GOP being as sanctimonious as they can afford to be without losing another seat in the senate. Tolerance, bigotry and hypocrisy are not at issue here. They're just the byproducts of a deep, simple calculation about power.

Posted by Punninglinguist | September 1, 2007 11:25 AM

I mean, comment #2

Posted by Punninglinguist | September 1, 2007 11:28 AM

"Unless the Seattle Times thinks that paying a hooker to put you in diapers is somehow more dignified than trolling for sex in an airport toilet."

Yes. That's exactly what they think. Homophobes think that any homosexual act (married committed gay men having monogamous sex in the privacy of their bedroom( is worse than any heterosexual act (raping the 14 year old babysitter).

They've said so. Over and over and over. "Homosexuality= bestiality= necrophilia."

Posted by Big Sven | September 1, 2007 1:13 PM

I don't know if anyone has made the point on any of these threads yet, but it ought to be pointed out that the GOP is probably not pursuing Vitter as hard because Louisiana's governor is a Democrat and would probably appoint a Dem to replace him if he were to resign. That has at least as much, if not a lot more, to do with the double standard than the respective nature of Vitter and Craig's crimes.

Posted by Matt from Denver | September 1, 2007 1:20 PM

Well, I see that the point I made @ 23 WAS made @ 2. Sorry for the redundancy.

Posted by Matt from Denver | September 1, 2007 1:38 PM

'Vitter admitted to sexual “sin,” or hiring hookers, and claims that his wife and God have forgiven him.'

Can he produce statements from both of them on this point?

Posted by Paddy Mac | September 2, 2007 12:34 AM

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