Craig should still resignOh the times they do change-for Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig, they apparently change overnight. Craig had announced that he would resign after the resulting firestorm from having plead guilty to propositioning an undercover police officer for gay sex in a Minneapolis restroom. Craig has maintained his innocence since the story broke, saying he only pled guilty because he believed that a guilty plea would "make it go away."
Since the man is a United States Senator, I am having a great deal of difficulty understanding how a guilty plea is going to make an allegation like this go away. Logic would dictate that a guilty plea would result in the kind of controversy that we are now seeing unfold around him.
Larry Craig has now decided that he may not resign after all because apparently Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has decided that Craig has been railroaded. Arlen Specter is hardly the poster child for upholding morality in the Senate, and he is more likely than most Republicans to simply ignore any standard of morality that he might have. Even if Specter has a point about the press and the public prejudging Senator Craig in this case (and he very well may), how much with Senator Craig's personal fight for vindication cost the people of Idaho?
As Adam Graham points out, if Senator Craig really isn't guilty of any wrongdoing he could move to have his guilty plea set aside, but should do it on his own time. Not only is Idaho-along with its Senator and people-the butt of the late-night joke machine, but Senator Craig's personal fight for vindication could very easily get in the way of his ability to effectively serve his constituents for the next year-and-a-half.
Let him do it on his own time.
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