The city-owned Boise Depot was closed for a private wedding as usual Saturday when the national media crowded the parking lot for the Old West style public hanging of Senator Larry Craig who resigned his office.
The Old Pen would have been a more appropriate site for the historical event, but the Boise Depot is as close as we come to a town square for public events like hangings. The mood was somewhat somber–not unlike a real hanging–as preachers from the right did serious interviews with the network newsies while everyone was resigned to the facts about to unfold.
A couple of surprise players also appeared including Idaho Education Chief Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter along with their respective wives.
With Craig’s wife and her adult children, the guv, and all the microphones crowded around the podium, the event had all the earmarks of a post election victory dance–no doubt a look the Republicans sought. It was more like a funeral wake.
There was a non-media crowd of about 100 curious folks who lounged on the steps of the depot where there were no rest rooms or water available. A few people carried signs calling Craig a “pervert,” others were there as supporters. Even the supporters could more accurately be termed “sympathizers.”
Many people were probably waiting to set up or attend a private wedding that had been scheduled months in advance. This will be the only couple in the world to claim they were married on the site where a U.S. Senator resigned several hours earlier after being arrested in a toilet.
The media people had giant trucks jammed full of video gear, the radio reporters were doing live reports on cell phones and the still photogs were jockeying for position. A kitchen step stool had an official looking sign in Old English Script proclaiming it to be “New York Times.”
Craig stood out in the crowd–and for good reason. Even though his is well over 6 ft. tall he stood on a riser which made him appear taller.
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