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U.S. Senator Larry Craig: Whose Waterloo?
Politics In Minnesota ^ | 24 September 2007 | Sarah Janecek

Posted on 09/24/2007 1:34:09 PM PDT by shrinkermd

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) motion to withdraw his guilty plea will be heard in a Hennepin County District court room this week.

You read it here first: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Craig will win this motion.

I was out of the country and completely unplugged when the Larry Craig story broke. The only U.S. news I saw while I was in Egypt and Jordan were the mimeographed news sheets printed from an international Internet news service that were hung on hotel room doors each morning. Certainly it was amusing to see the men's room at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport achieve international importance. And, certainly the only rational conclusion from these news sheets was that Craig was, of course, guilty of soliciting gay sex in the men's room.

When I returned to Minneapolis, rather than reading the news stories first, I pulled up the motion Craig's lawyers had filed to withdraw the guilty plea. And, rather than read the motion, I first read the original source documents (the exhibits):

1. From the report filed by Minneapolis Airport Police Investigative Sergeant Dave Karsnia, we learn that putting your carry on bag in front of you in a bathroom stall is, in and of itself, lewd coduct. Writes Karsnia in his report, "My experience has shown that individuals engaged in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall." [Remember that next time you're in a stall in a bathroom airport...and never mind that there's no other place to put the bag in the stall.]

2. From the transcript of Karsnia's interview with Craig, we learn that Craig was patently offering that if Craig signed a guilty plea, that would be the end of the matter. Said Karsnia, "There'll be a fine. You won't have to explain anything." Further, "[Y]ou're going to have to pay a fine and that will be it. Okay. I don't call the media. I don't do any of that type of crap."

3. From the mailed form Craig used to enter a guilty plea of misdemeanor to a disorderly conduct charge, we learn that Craig circled the "I am not" represented by an attorney choice.

These documents also included discussions of eye contact, hand waving under the stall divider and foot tapping. Maybe all that is a gay code of conduct about which I know nothing. But the acts, themselves, would easily meet Disney's standards for a G-rated movie.

This is the stuff that can derail a U.S. Senate career? You've got to be kidding me.

Then I read the motion written by Craig's lawyers. Turns out that in 2006, Idaho's hometown newspaper, the Idaho Stateman, had been investigating allegations relating to Craig's homosexual activity, "The Stateman's investigation included such tactics as contacting scores of the Senator's friends and family, demanding the Senator's FBI file and patrolling bars and restrooms with the Senator's picture." [Emphasis mine.]

Classy. When all was said and done in the paper's investigation, the best the Statesman could deliver was a story "based on a [gay activist] blogger and three anonymous sources." The paper did not run the story at that time (it ran after the Minneapolis airport story broke). [Of note to Minnesotans, the Idaho Statesman editor is Vicki Gowler, who used to have the same job at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.]

The applicable Minnesota legal standards on entering a guilty plea are that it must be "accurate, voluntary and intelligent," and that a defendant may withdraw a guilty plea if the withdrawal is "necessary to correct a manifest injustice."

Strikes me there was nothing "voluntary" about agreeing to sign a guilty plea in exchange for Karsnia not calling the media. That's coercion, plain and simple.

As for "manifest injustice," Craig has already manifoldly suffered that. First, from the Idaho Statesman. Writes Gowler, "In a conservative state like ours, whether our senior senator had has sex with other men was something I believed our readers had a right to know." I, for one, could care less, what the good Senator does in his personal life. Second, the rest of the media. All the late night talk show jokes cannot be retracted.

Finally, there's the manifest injustice delivered by Craig's peers. Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) called Craig's conduct "unforgiveable" and forced him to announce his resignation (which Craig has retracted). U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota) and John McCain (R-Arizona) called for Craig to resign. That call speaks not to Craig's conduct and court proceedings, but rather to Coleman's and McCain's political expediency needs. Coleman faces a tough reelection battle in 2008, and McCain, of course is running for President.

The Boise Weekly wondered whether this whole matter was "Larry Craig's Waterloo?" I don't. This should be a waterloo for mainstream media, its collective rush to judgment and its eagerness to hang a conservative Senator. As well it should be a waterloo for pols like Coleman and McCain, who care only about their own electoral prospects. But, it won't be.

About the only justice Craig can expect is from one Hennepin County District Judge Charles A. Porter, Jr . Appointed by then-GOP Gov. Al Quie in 1982, Porter enjoys the reputation of being a straight shooter.

This waterloo is full of losers. The straight shooter will rule for Larry Craig.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 110th; craig; guilty; larrycraig; plea
The motion can be found: HERE.
1 posted on 09/24/2007 1:34:12 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

Just like a rumor. This guy won’t go away.


2 posted on 09/24/2007 1:38:49 PM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: shrinkermd

Larry Craig is not a straight shooter.

He is as bent as a paperclip.


3 posted on 09/24/2007 1:48:38 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Lee Bollinger is a HERO to America)
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To: shrinkermd

He represents my district and I would have given him the benefit of the doubt until HE claimed he was touching the cop’s foot because, “I have a wide stance”. BS!! And when he went on to explain the hand stuff as the result of picking up a piece of toilet paper...I mean, everyone picks up toilet paper off the floor in public restrooms...well that did it for me.

Larry, just go away...in Idaho we expect our congress critters to get a motel!


4 posted on 09/24/2007 1:58:42 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: shrinkermd

Ha ha. He said “loo”.


5 posted on 09/24/2007 2:02:17 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Cuttnhorse
He represents my district and I would have given him the benefit of the doubt

In the context of an earlier allegation about such things just a year ago, and he was fresh out of benefit of the doubt the minute he was arrested.

6 posted on 09/24/2007 2:13:04 PM PDT by MichiganMan (Last year, this consumer spent over $1,700 on Linux compatible hardware.)
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To: Cuttnhorse
You can be sure the cop's foot was way over in order to "catch" someone.

Wouldn't you be doing everything in your power to bait someone if all you had to do for your job was sit on the john all day?

Craig's going to get this guilty plea retracted...and rightly so.

7 posted on 09/24/2007 2:57:30 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

Yeh, right


8 posted on 09/24/2007 3:13:47 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse

Yeh, right I am.


9 posted on 09/24/2007 3:16:57 PM PDT by what's up
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To: shrinkermd

he could move to and run for governor of new jersey...


10 posted on 09/24/2007 3:25:11 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: shrinkermd

Dear Sarah,

Innocent United States Senators don’t plead guilt to Disorderly Conduct because they are inncent.

Craig got caught and tried to make it all go away without revealing that he is gay, or solicited gay sex in a bathroom.

If he thinks he can hide that, he is too stupid to serve. If he solicited, he is too perverted to serve.

Bryan24


11 posted on 09/24/2007 3:29:43 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: what's up
You can be sure the cop's foot was way over in order to "catch" someone. Wouldn't you be doing everything in your power to bait someone if all you had to do for your job was sit on the john all day?

In the prelim while Craig supposedly circled the cop's stall a couple times to peek through the crack in the door, was the cop making eye contact or behaving lewdly?

These cops go pretty far on entrapment on vice details.

At first, I thought Craig should go away. Now, I'm starting to enjoy all the hypocrisy.

Personally, I'd rather get rid of the real RINO element in the Senate, far more than Larry Craig. Or David Vitter.
12 posted on 09/24/2007 5:25:39 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: George W. Bush
Your’re the kind of gullible FRiend who Larry needs. I’d like you on my jury if I ever get charged with homicide. He did it, whether he gets off or not.
13 posted on 09/24/2007 5:34:46 PM PDT by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: oneolcop

Then vote against him. You do live in Idaho. I don’t.


14 posted on 09/24/2007 5:42:46 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: shrinkermd

Thanks for posting. The “wide stance” elitist would make a good center on a gay football team. /sarcasm

Do I know who you are, Larry? Yeah, you’re the poster boy for arrogance & stupidity.


15 posted on 09/24/2007 5:42:54 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Cuttnhorse
They ought to have a law against stupidity! This Senator is stupid if he thinks the "wide stance" is a believable defense. If he had a size 90 waist he may get a wide stance.

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16 posted on 09/24/2007 5:51:31 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: George W. Bush
You're right, I do live in Idaho, I voted for him. But that was before I knew he was a pervert. He's indiscriminate as to his "liaisons" male of female; no matter. Only males are easier to pick up. Kind of hard to walk into a women's restroom and say he's lost. I spoke to someone who is absolutely wired in to Idaho politics. The word is: He's a pervert and his staff has been covering for him for a long time.
17 posted on 09/24/2007 6:12:03 PM PDT by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: oneolcop

male of female = male or female


18 posted on 09/24/2007 6:12:56 PM PDT by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: oneolcop
You're right, I do live in Idaho, I voted for him. But that was before I knew he was a pervert.

Then dump him in the primary. In the meantime, I still think there's a lot of hypocrisy involved. And I'm sure that there are many in both parties who want him out because his presence draws increased scrutiny to what they're up to. Congressional pages, staff, etc. You know, it's not just the citizenry these congresscritters like to screw.
19 posted on 09/24/2007 6:21:28 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: George W. Bush

“Dump in a primary” is about the only thing Republican voters will NOT do. They dumped Bob Smith in NH in 2002, Jacob K. Javits in NY in 1980, and Clifford P. Case in 1978, but there are precious few dumpings by uninformed GOP voters. GOP voters just stamp the “friendly” incumbents as their “leadership” instructs them to do.


20 posted on 09/24/2007 8:30:12 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: George W. Bush

Don’t enjoy it.

The double standard is a sign that Republicans have something over Democrats.

Craig’s staying will be a sign that 2008 will be like 2006.

Craig’s staying proves that personal perqs beat the need for embarrassed Senators to go away for the good of the party and nation.

And Craig btw is RINO enough on amnesty.

The man needs to leave the Senate.


21 posted on 09/24/2007 9:30:49 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: what's up
Please. This guy is guilty of at the very least being stupid. There is nobody I know who would pick up toilet paper off the floor in a public bathroom. Touch someone’s foot, or put their hand under the wall of the other side of the guys toilet area. Sorry this guy wanted some sex period. I cannot see how anyone can excuse this guy. Then after all that, he goes and pleads guilty...
22 posted on 09/24/2007 9:39:54 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Even Senators have stupid episodes sometimes. It's silly to think they're infallible. And those who are being chased at every turn by the sickening MSM are bound to slip up.

But I wouldn't exactly generally characterize a long-term 97% ACU rated conservative Senator as being stupid. That's actually pretty stupid.

23 posted on 09/25/2007 6:02:48 AM PDT by what's up
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To: oneolcop

Idaho politics are not like the rest of the US...it is fairly easy to be connected to what’s going on. I’ve been aware of the rap about Craig’s orientation for many years but have always disbelieve them...until this stupid afair.

Larry, just go away.


24 posted on 09/25/2007 6:33:32 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: George W. Bush
Yeah, well, the problem is that IF we can get him out prior to the primary, we can get his replacement in sooner. That gives him seniority over all the newly elected senators. We’re losing a senator who had at least enough seniority to be a committee chairman and replacing him with one with no seniority. We have no control over what happens in count in Minnesota, but we have the moral authority of people who have trusted him and have been betrayed. He voted for the immigration bill, which effectively eliminated him from reelection. He had already decided not to run again (albeit not publicly announced.) His replacement has been selected and is truly a fine man. There is no one more dedicated to the Rule of Law than myself, but we, here in Idaho have no say as to the outcome of the legal procedure. We do, however have control over the pressure we can exert for Senator Craig to do the right thing and resign. It’s time.
25 posted on 09/25/2007 8:28:56 AM PDT by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: Cuttnhorse

Right on!


26 posted on 09/25/2007 8:30:02 AM PDT by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: what's up
But I wouldn’t exactly generally characterize a long-term 97% ACU rated conservative Senator as being stupid. That’s actually pretty stupid

Could be right but 97 percent is pretty good. I just think he should take his medicine and do what is best for the party. This new trial or whatever it will be will deliberately last a year...just in time for 2008 elections. If it were me (ROTFLMAO), I would resign and enjoy my huge retirement check. I mean he is in his late 60’s so it is retirement time.

27 posted on 09/25/2007 11:17:28 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Could be right but 97 percent is pretty good.

Pretty good? Very good I'd say.

That's why I say Larry Craig should not be called stupid. He's cast a lot of excellent votes, and a man who has lasted over 20 years in the Senate is not a stupid man.

28 posted on 09/25/2007 1:40:06 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

Your right. In fact, I wonder if he would have a higher conservative record than I would. I am pretty darn conservative, but with a 97 you have to have pretty close to a flawless record on conservatism.


29 posted on 09/25/2007 1:55:50 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Enduring Freedom
"Larry Craig is not a straight shooter."

He's as narcissistic as hillary. That's why he will never go away. He would shrivel up and die if he wasn't in the spotlight. It's all about him, not his constituents who now have to live with the continuing embarassment of having this bathroom pervert in the news.

30 posted on 09/26/2007 3:30:51 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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