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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Larry Craig's second thoughts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2007 at 6:05 AM

Washington Post has full coverage.

Here's Ernest Dumas' column on the subject for this week's Times, up early on account of the news. There's some backhanded sympathy for Craig, and a good bit less for the Republican Party.

For 10 years the Republican Party has been beset by an endless succession of sex and ethics scandals, all of them far worse than the senator's vaguely suggestive behavior in a stall of the men's room, which would have been thrown out of court as evidence of criminal activity if it involved anything but homosexuality, but the party never before had risen in instant unison to insist that a Republican resign. Party leaders in and out of Congress seem to have concluded that after literally dozens it could not stand one more scandal, especially of the same-sex variety, and still claim to be the party of God and the family.

 

Not a single party leader demanded the resignation of David Vitter, the blow-dried senator from Louisiana who apologized this summer for his connection to a prostitution ring in Washington, D.C., and was accused of frequenting a high-priced brothel in New Orleans. The difference, it was explained, was that Vitter had not pled guilty to a crime. But paying a prostitute for sex is a crime in most states and private and consenting homosexual sex is not.

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