Without regard to Senator Larry Craig’s potty training–you don’t use a “stance” so wide that you encroach on your neighbor’s space–the entire debacle in the Minneapolis airport toilet has shown the world Idaho has a “decider” who decides wrong.
We don’t know if the man is gay, nor do we care. That is not the issue.
The bigger issue here is that he and his staff have made absolutely lame excuses for his arrest and subsequent conviction for actions he has admitted to in an airport toilet stall.
All Idahoans should shudder to think that a man who is one of only 100 people who ultimately make the laws of the land, finance deadly wars, and spend the hard earnings of 300,000,000 Americans isn’t smart enough to hire an attorney in the TWO MONTHS between his arrest and a court appearance.
To glibly claim he probably should have had legal counsel because his actions were misconstrued by a cop sitting on a crapper next to him is an insult to the intelligence of all citizens. If his reasoning power is limited to entering a GUILTY plea in court, while trying to tell constituents he really didn’t do it, should he represent us in the senate of the United States of America? He either lied to the court or to the public.
Whether or not there was a piece of paper on the floor of the public toilet, one would think a United States Senator would heed the advice of every mother in the civilized world… ”Dirty, dirty. Don’t touch.” To claim he wasn’t really waving his hand beneath the stall, but reaching for a paper is implausible.
The GUARDIAN can’t buy the excuses. Larry Craig has brought shame on himself, the State of Idaho, and the U.S. Senate. Let’s hope there are 99 other senators who will decide on a solution for the member of their exclusive club.
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