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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

First you say you will...

I was going to try and avoid saying too much about Larry Craig, the man who has taught America about bathroom behavior. But the man's sheer audacity requires a word or two.

It was a bad enough insult to our collective intelligence that Craig insists he only copped a guilty plea to try and cover up the allegations that he tried to come on to a cop in a Minneapolis airport bathroom stall. Just how big a fool do you have to be to come up with the idea of pleading guilty to a crime you did not commit?

But the next flip-flip is even better. Now Craig is saying "never mind" to his carefully parsed "intent to resign."

As someone who enjoys watching Republican hypocrites immolate on their own contradictions, I should be rejoicing. One more embarrassment to the party that proclaimed they were the favorites of the "values" voter.

But as someone who still holds a sliver of respect for government and elected bodies, I am offended by the arrogance of this elected "leader" who decides his own personal reputation is more important than the dignity of the institution in which he serves -- or the people who elected him.

Go away Larry Craig. And in the interest of a shred of bipartisanship, take William Jefferson with you. If you truly respect the people and process you will go slink under the closest rock.

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Blogger Mark D. Snyder said...

Are you as concerned as Arianna Huffington and myself that our tax payer money is going towards funding cops to pretend they are gay in order to arrest people for their mere intent to have gay sex? Larry is a hypocrite, but I do not support the way in which he was arrested one bit.

September 06, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Good point that I had no considered. After all, we are told there are other more important uses for security personnel in airports. The practice focuses on victimless "crime" and really could be considered nothing more than the other side of the coin of the right's crusade against gay rights. Thanks for the comment.

September 07, 2007 5:13 AM  

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