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Embattled Senator Larry Craig to Announce Future Plans Saturday
Foxnews.com ^ | 31 August 2007 | Staff

Posted on 08/31/2007 3:13:43 PM PDT by shrinkermd

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig plans to announce his future plans Saturday following calls from Republicans urging him to resign after an arrest in connection to a police sex sting.

Dan Whiting, Craig's spokesman, said there would be an announcement Saturday but would not say whether Craig will step down. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter already appears to have settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: 110th; craig; larrycraig; presumeinnocence; resigns; senator

1 posted on 08/31/2007 3:13:45 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

Don’t let the stall door hit you on your butt, Larry....


2 posted on 08/31/2007 3:14:44 PM PDT by Wil H (Islam translates to "submission", not "peace" - you can figure out the rest.)
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To: shrinkermd

He’ll switch parties just to “make it go away.”


3 posted on 08/31/2007 3:15:27 PM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: shrinkermd
Irrespective of the double standard, Craig should resign. The amoral and immoral Democrats re-elect such individuals...but we should send them home. The answer to the double standard is not to adopt the low, immoral, amoral standard, for then all becomes corrupt.

I pray for Craig and his family, that he will overcome his troubles and be able to hold his family together...but I no longer want him representing me. In truth, after his avid support for shamnesty, he had already lost that political support in any case.

4 posted on 08/31/2007 3:16:22 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not Free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: shrinkermd

Just get on with it.


5 posted on 08/31/2007 3:17:03 PM PDT by hardback
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To: shrinkermd

“I wish to spend more time with my family”

“Public Service has been very taxing on my health and financial stability”

“I need to spend more time traveling, and inspecting the public toilets in Airports, Bus Stations, Train Terminals, Public Parks, Public Schools and Department stores.”

So many toilets, and so little time....

Homosexuals are not sick people........right?


6 posted on 08/31/2007 3:18:02 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: shrinkermd

Just leave. Get help.


7 posted on 08/31/2007 3:19:53 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: shrinkermd

“I gotta go to the bathroom”


8 posted on 08/31/2007 3:20:48 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Jeff Head
Craig Fallout [David Freddoso]

Leaving my obvious disgust aside for a moment, my first thought on this Larry Craig bathroom thing is how rotten a job that plainclothes officer has. The second is that we may have another vacant Senate seat in a few days.

The prime candidate, in the event that Craig resigns, is Lt. Gov. Jim Risch (R), who was widely expected to run for the seat anyway. Risch stepped aside to let Butch Otter (R) take the nomination and win as governor last year. In some sense Otter left him little choice by announcing his own candidacy so early, but the perception is that it's Risch's turn now. He could even be in better shape running as the incumbent.

What do you think of this man?

9 posted on 08/31/2007 3:21:54 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: upchuck

Whattya think—can we hope for Lindsey Graham to have an active bladder at a rest stop anytime soon? That’d solve a lot of problems for the SC GOP.


10 posted on 08/31/2007 3:23:51 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: shrinkermd
My son lives in Idaho. My wife and I just returned from a 10 day vacation there...I love the place and would love to move there some day. Anyway...I spoke to him last night and according to my son and daughter in law, they don't know anyone who's strongly supporting Craig. They were upset with his strong, vocal support for shamnesty but this is over the top. There have been whispers, rumors and jokes about Craig for years...this sealed the deal.

I hope he announces his resignation and Gov. Otter announces his replacement and we're able to put this disgusting episode to bed.

11 posted on 08/31/2007 3:23:58 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Wil H

good one


12 posted on 08/31/2007 3:25:08 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Wil H

He is stalling.


13 posted on 08/31/2007 3:25:59 PM PDT by elizabetty (Was it Dolley Madison or Dolli Madison? First Ladies should not end their name with "I")
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To: pgkdan
As an Idahoan myself, I would say that your son's description is spot on. I believe either Risch or Simpson will get the nod.

On another note, regarding Idaho...here's a link to a recent trip one of my sons and I took on the Magruder Wilderness Road. Consider going up there with your son sometime.

Idaho's Magruder Wilderness Road

14 posted on 08/31/2007 3:30:15 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not Free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: shrinkermd

Is there a particular strategy in making this announcement on a Saturday? Do Craig and or the RNC expect this to go away by Sunday evening?

Just curious


15 posted on 08/31/2007 3:34:15 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Jeff Head

That’s gorgeous...glad you had a spare!


16 posted on 08/31/2007 3:34:22 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: pgkdan

ABsolutely. We were only half way across at that point, still a good 70 miles from services. We were, at that point, wishing we had two spares!


17 posted on 08/31/2007 3:36:48 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not Free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: steveo
“I gotta go to the bathroom”

A new take on Al Gore's "ice tea" defense?

-PJ

18 posted on 08/31/2007 3:37:33 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: shrinkermd

Why is this more important than the Clinton fundraising schemes?

Craig is small taters, Clinton is a great big rotten spud!


19 posted on 08/31/2007 3:40:12 PM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: elizabetty

>> He is stalling.

(groan)

Actually, I got a chuckle outta that.


20 posted on 08/31/2007 3:40:44 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Mamzelle
"...can we hope for Lindsey Graham to have an active bladder at a rest stop anytime soon?"

Oh! That's GOOD!!!

Whatever would "the gang of 12" do without his smarmy little mediocre moderate self on the scene? Arlen Spectator would weep!!!

21 posted on 08/31/2007 3:44:13 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Thou shalt not steal!!! Our greedy governments in Sacramento and Washington hate competition!!!)
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To: shrinkermd
too fast, too perfect.

something about all this is just too slick.

22 posted on 08/31/2007 3:51:33 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: shrinkermd
Hold it, Everybody.

I think Craig was probably doing exactly what the Minneapolis police think he was; however, if I were on a jury, I would probably acquit him unless the police can produce more evidence than they have made public so far.

I thought of this after a caller from Florida on Rush's program today brought up some points.

As far as I know, all he did was touch his shoe to another man's and wave his hand under the stall wall. That's enough to constitute solicitation?

I can't imagine why I might wave my hand under the stall wall, but I can certainly imagine touching somebody's shoe unintentionally. If you did, you would probably say "Excuse me" or "Sorry" or something like that, but what if you didn't know you it? And what if the police officer were overzealous, misguided, malicious, sadistic, mistaken, or didn't believe you?

Furthermore, it reminded me of something:

Years ago, I was returning with my wife and children from Mexico, where everybody was had been very nice. We were all feeling great.

In Miami, as we were waiting to pass through customs, I somehow stepped over the wrong line, and a customs agent, in a very menacing tone of voice, shouted at me: "Get over that line! You are an a--h---!"

I was stunned. I didn't want my young children (or my wife) to hear such talk. But I realized how vulnerable I was--he could hold me up in customs for hours if he wanted--so I said nothing, waited until my family and I had cleared customs, and then asked to speak with the customs supervisor.

The supervisor was very nice. I explained what had happened. He asked me to identify the agent. I couldn't find him.

The supervisor said that he had probably gone for the day; that he thought he might know who it was, from my description; and that he would keep an eye on that agent in the future.

There was nothing more that I could do, and we wanted to catch our plane; so I left and let the matter drop.

Suppose however, that that customs agent--or somebody just as sadistic and crazy--decided to get a job policing the men's room!

Considering the flimsy evidence against Craig, he could haul anybody in on flimsy or made up evidence!

And who knows what constitutes a homosexual pickup signal? I certainly don't.

Evidently it's tapping your foot. What if it's adjusting your underwear or unbuckling your belt and trousers to tuck your shirt in?

Some misguided, overzealous, sadistic, or nutcase policeman could interpret any of these things as some homosexual pickup signals!

Before somebody is hauled in and accused of solicitation, there should be clear evidence and not something that could be absolutely innocent.

No normal man wants to be harrassed by some homosexual solicitor in the men's room. But nobody wants to be accused of such a thing on flimsy evidence either.

If somebody's going to be arrested, the evidence should be definite, and the evidence against Craig looks flimsy to me.

23 posted on 08/31/2007 3:57:39 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("History is not just cruel. It is witty." ~Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Savage Beast
re: I can't imagine why I might wave my hand under the stall wall)))

Well, the Rules are different for women, but this happens pretty often in women's restrooms. It means, "there's no toilet paper"--but we usually accompany the gesture with a "please?"

24 posted on 08/31/2007 4:23:02 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
I thought of that, believe it or not, but I think I'd knock on the stall wall and say something like, "Excuse me. There's no toilet paper in here. Could you pass some under. Thanks."

I certainly wouldn't wave my hand under the stall wall--NOT NOW anyway! (I'm getting paranoid.)

I remember one time in junior high school, when I went in the boys' rest room. A boy, with a desperate look and voice, stuck his head out of a stall and said, "Hey, Buddy. There's no toilet paper in here. Could you get me some?" He meant the entire rest room.

I said, "Sure. I'll get you some." I had to go all the way down stairs, get some, and bring it back to him.

He was grateful.

25 posted on 08/31/2007 4:56:09 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("History is not just cruel. It is witty." ~Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Nervous Tick
(groan) Actually, I got a chuckle outta that.

Sorry, I can't help myself. Maybe I need rehab.
26 posted on 08/31/2007 9:15:49 PM PDT by elizabetty (I will announce my tagline message May 1..July 4.or.6.... Aug 8... Aug 25....Sept 6 on Dharma & Greg)
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To: shrinkermd

Textbook tactic. Release new you want to bury after the network news on Friday of a holiday weekend. By the time folks return from the beach and watch the Tuesday morning news, it’ll be an old story.

Like an Olympic diver, Craig just wants to take the plunge with as little splash as possible.


27 posted on 09/01/2007 5:41:30 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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