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Craig Ethics Complaint Backfires on GOP
AP via SFGate ^ | 10/12/7 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 10/12/2007 1:34:20 PM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Larry who?

Now that scandal-tinged Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has reneged on a pledge to resign this fall, his fellow Republican senators act as though they hardly know him. They want voters to forget him, too.

But they privately acknowledge that an earlier strategy to drive Craig from office has backfired, sticking them with an open-ended ethics investigation likely to keep the issue before the public for months.

Senate Republicans demanded the Ethics Committee inquiry into his sex-sting conviction last summer in hopes of forcing Craig to resign. He essentially called their bluff this month when he reversed his decision to resign Sept. 30 unless a court let him drop his guilty plea.

Now Republicans are powerless to stop a process almost certain to do more political damage to the party in general than to a retiring senator.

"I think they were a little fanciful" in urging the Senate's Select Committee on Ethics to take up the matter, said Stanley Brand, a Washington lawyer for Craig. He called the strong-arm strategy "ethical waterboarding," referring to the controversial interrogation technique.

Some senators had pointedly warned Craig that any ethics committee hearings might be public, and probably televised.

While public hearings are possible, lawyers and Senate staffers familiar with the committee say closed sessions seem more likely. The last public hearings were held 17 years ago, in the "Keating Five" case. The "Keating Five" case was a congressional scandal involving the widespread failure of savings and loans institutions.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: 110th; asspressbias; homosexualagenda; larrycraig; pervert
The AssPress is positively giddy at the prospect of dragging Republicans through the muck.
1 posted on 10/12/2007 1:34:22 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Larry Craig put his personal welfare ahead of his party's and the country's. He's a roach and the best cure is the strong sunlight of heavy publicity.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 10/12/2007 1:36:41 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SmithL

Not in this case. They have to drag homosexuals through the muck as well.


3 posted on 10/12/2007 1:38:29 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Except they celebrate perversity!


4 posted on 10/12/2007 1:42:28 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

Yeah but we aren’t supposed to talk about it. They are good dressers who are sweet to old ladies and sponge paint their living rooms. They don’t hang out in rest rooms and parks playing “Hide the Salami”.


5 posted on 10/12/2007 1:44:50 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SmithL

sometimes even politicians do something simply because it’s just the right thing to do.


6 posted on 10/12/2007 1:47:01 PM PDT by smonk
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To: SmithL

Tap dancing around the issue.


7 posted on 10/12/2007 1:50:39 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SmithL
Republicans are about as brave as a scarecrow.

This whole episode of Craig tapping his foot in a men's toilet is beyond simpleminded.

I think of the cop who has nothing better to do than to sit enclosed in a toilet stall all the while smelling the odors that emanate from stalls whose occupants never heard of a courtesy flush. What kind of life or career is that?

He probably got really excited when Craig began tapping his foot and you'd think the cop would have seen the earphone and realized that the senator was merely keeping time with his IPod.

8 posted on 10/12/2007 1:52:18 PM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: SmithL
So what happens? After an ethics inquiry do they vote on removing him? If that is the case, and Craig is truly found to be guilty, the Republicans will vote to remove him but the party of Barney Frank and Bill Clinton would be in the very difficult spot of passing judgment on a politician about sex.
9 posted on 10/12/2007 1:53:13 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: SmithL
The last public hearings were held 17 years ago, in the "Keating Five" case. The "Keating Five" case was a congressional scandal involving the widespread failure of savings and loans institutions.

And the last remaining tainted senator is still in office, unabashedly and repeatedly trying to close the barn door after the horses have left. The MSM has helped him to resuscitate his name and career that he is now running for president, again.

10 posted on 10/12/2007 1:53:21 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: AppyPappy

The Lavender Mafia has been pushing for decriminalizing the acts that Larry was supposedly motioning for using non-verbal communication.

They feel that such laws unfairly target people who suffer from same sex attraction syndrome.

Perhaps they should be pushing for an end to segregated bathrooms instead. One door for men and women. Everyone gets a stall.


11 posted on 10/12/2007 1:53:42 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: fweingart

No. Probably they had received a lot of complaints about sexual behavior in the restroom. A restroom that kids use.


12 posted on 10/12/2007 1:55:34 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SmithL

The low life who wrote this can’t imagine that the GOP would bring and press the ethics charges against one of its perverts because it is the RIGHT thing to do. In his/her ethically cloudy mind EVERYTHING is about political power and nothing is about doing what is right.


13 posted on 10/12/2007 1:55:44 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatives live in the truth. Liberals live in lies.)
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To: weegee
Perhaps they should be pushing for an end to segregated bathrooms instead. One door for men and women. Everyone gets a stall.

Imagine the *toe-tapping* you'd have then...

14 posted on 10/12/2007 1:58:07 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: AppyPappy
A restroom that kids use.

Who in their right mind would send a child into a restroom unaccompanied?

15 posted on 10/12/2007 1:58:48 PM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: SmithL
I wish the Keating 5 hearings would run again . Hasn’t everyone seen every MASH episode ? May be a problem with equal time , with Senator John pass a law before I steal again McCain .
16 posted on 10/12/2007 2:13:11 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: SmithL
The Stupid Party shoots itself in the foot again.

Naturally, the Dims will want to help with some first aid.

No doubt, they'll revive McCain's old Keating Five scandal as a reminder of the Duke Cunningham scandal as well.

Then they'll deliberate over the selectiveness of the inquiry, trying to decide ever so fairly why Craig is being investigated but not Vitter with his phone sex whore thing.

The media will lap it up, tossing in some reminders of Mark Foley.

Mitch McConnell can't be very bright to have stumbled into this little fiasco. What it reveals is how incompetent the Senate really is. You don't start into something like this unless you know exactly how it will unfold at every step, much as a lawyer conducts a trial, never asking a question of a witness that he doesn't already know the answer to.

It's hard to believe that of all those GOP senators and their aides, no one apparently thought to ask "what will we do if he doesn't resign?". Idiots.

I think our senators are really incredibly stupid. Lame second-rate lawyers, too lazy to chase ambulances, including the ones on the Judiciary committee. To his rare credit, Arlen Spectre did try to hold them back on this.
17 posted on 10/12/2007 2:21:40 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: fweingart
Craig did more than just tap his foot. He put his hand under the partition separating stalls. It’s a homo come-on.

Craig is a PERVERT.

Period.

18 posted on 10/12/2007 2:55:13 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth
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To: goldstategop

Most of the Republican “leadership”, including GWB, also put their own interests ahead of the party and the nation. That does not excuse Craig, but he is one of many.


19 posted on 10/12/2007 3:08:16 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: fweingart

Who said they were unaccompanied?


20 posted on 10/12/2007 3:53:10 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Perchant

I guarantee there won’t be any hearings on this. The Dems have too many skeletons in the closet. If Craig is investigated, then what about Barney Frank and his own prostitution related scandal? Plus all the other leftist homosexuals who undoubtedly have a lot they don’t want exposed. Believe me, the Democrat Party is going to come out of this looking a lot worse than the GOP.


21 posted on 10/12/2007 4:02:07 PM PDT by RedBloodedPatriot
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To: George W. Bush
Mitch McConnell can't be very bright to have stumbled into this little fiasco. What it reveals is how incompetent the Senate really is. You don't start into something like this unless you know exactly how it will unfold at every step, much as a lawyer conducts a trial, never asking a question of a witness that he doesn't already know the answer to.

McConnell should be investigating Craig behind the scenes. It is virtually impossible to believe that Craig dosen't have a lifetime of bizarre incidents in his past. There is no way a sixty year old man starts doing this stuff "out of the blue".

Do your f&*^%$ing homework, Mitch, and then tell Craig pictures, files etc are going to be hand delivered to Craig's wife and each one of his children as well as media from coast to coast unless he gets his sorry rear end out of the Senate immediately.

Don't waist our time or the taxpayer's dime with stupid "hearings" on this pervert.
22 posted on 10/12/2007 4:09:47 PM PDT by cgbg ("I give you health care and I say 'no smoking'". "Yass'm Miss Hillary.")
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To: fweingart
I think of the cop who has nothing better to do than to sit enclosed in a toilet stall all the while smelling the odors that emanate from stalls whose occupants never heard of a courtesy flush. What kind of life or career is that?

When public men's rooms become gay cruising spots and pretty much unusable to the rest of the public, somebody has to clean them up.

Who do you propose do this job?

23 posted on 10/12/2007 4:29:02 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: fweingart

Let’s say you are a man, and have your daughter with you.

What do you do when the kid has to use the toilet???


24 posted on 10/12/2007 5:10:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

He put his hand under the partition separating stalls.


Not only that, but he did it twice.


25 posted on 10/12/2007 5:11:52 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: SmithL
It seems Republican leadership is just living up to low expectations.

About like Dingy Hairy the Repubs made a critical mistake throwing one of their own to the Democrats Dogs.

26 posted on 10/12/2007 5:14:09 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: fweingart

“He probably got really excited when Craig began tapping his foot and you’d think the cop would have seen the earphone and realized that the senator was merely keeping time with his IPod.”

Is that the defence? Really? If the GOP keeps this up, we will have President Hillary with all the additional executive powers the Dick and George have accumulated AND a filibuster proof Senate majority. Good thing changing the constitution requires consent of the states and not congress or we might have a President for life.


27 posted on 10/13/2007 12:15:27 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Everyone wants a simple answer; but sometimes there isn't a simple answer)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Actually the entire posted response was intended to be satiric.


28 posted on 10/13/2007 8:54:01 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: UCANSEE2
Thats a tough one.

In the old days I'd take my (very young) daughter to the men's restroom as back then the chances of running into a queer were about as slim as meeting one in the shower while in the U. S. Army.

Most unfortunately times have changed drastically and queers run unfettered throughout our polite society.

29 posted on 10/13/2007 8:56:24 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: UCANSEE2
He put his hand under the partition separating stalls.

I wonder why someone would put their hand under the partition between them and a perfect stranger?

I realize that homosexuals are weird, but this entire situation is patently ridiculous. Next thing will be the homosexuals in their marvelous agenda will demand separate restrooms for perverts.

I'm for giving all of them an island where they can exercise their unusual, unholy and unhealthy methods of achieving orgasms until the world ends.

I would say that they have created their own little hell within their society. They belong together, but away from normal people who consider their actions an abomination.

We should insure that the island remains remote, however. Shark infested waters would be a definite plus.

30 posted on 10/13/2007 9:03:07 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: Jorge
Who do you propose do this job?

Not who, but how.

The penalties for filthy behavior in a public restroom should be severe. Of course I believe that the penalties for buying or selling drugs should be death which would end our drug problem quickly.

We're going to have to see, or hear, something more substantial than the tapping of one's foot to attract another pervert's attention. Further, the public needs to be re-educated to the fact that homosexual behavior is not only an untidy way to achieve one's jollies, but is contrary to the laws of God. We have stood by while so-called educators have invited practicing queers into classrooms to explain how beautiful their lives have been as they have been wasted worshipping another's backside.

The facts need to be published. Homosexual activity involves the ingestation of fecal matter, which as one could imagine is indeed unhealthy.

Too, homosexuals have committed the majority of the mass murders in the world. They are, literally, unhinged!

31 posted on 10/13/2007 9:09:54 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: Leo Farnsworth
It’s a homo come-on.

Now that's something I didn't know. Or is it shouldn't know?

Having the benefit of an advanced education I have read extensively about the evils of homosexual behavior, but didn't know how they contacted each other when the urge came upon them to play with other perverts.

You'd think they'd want to see the person whose backside they're interested in, wouldn't you?

No wonder so many homosexuals end up being murdered by other homosexuals.

32 posted on 10/13/2007 9:14:14 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: fweingart

Ok. Sorry. I am in Germany. We arent exactly known for a well developed sense of humor.


33 posted on 10/13/2007 10:57:35 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Everyone wants a simple answer; but sometimes there isn't a simple answer)
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To: SmithL

Why doesn’t Larry just announce he is a “gay American”. Oprah will be begging for him afterwards, and he can become a Democrat and be re-elected forever.


34 posted on 10/13/2007 11:01:40 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
We arent exactly known for a well developed sense of humor.

I wouldn't say that.

Many are still laughing over the hilarious escapades of that Austrian post-card painter.

35 posted on 10/14/2007 5:03:07 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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