Craig Resigns, Leaving One Blogger High And Dry

Craig, His Bible & Oath

Just a few minutes ago, in an intensely telegraphed story, Idaho’s senior senator, who came to congress with Ronald Reagan in 1980, resigned. Larry Craig has bowed to the most intense pressure since Bob Packwood stepped down in 1996, and quit.

AP, New York Times (blog pre-coverage, post-coverage HERE), the Los Angeles Times, the sleazy Weekly Standard, CNN, Reuters, etc.

Update: TIME magazine bloviates.

Which must be a relief for Rightie bloggers, whose descent into the rhetorical equivalent of The Twilight Zone™ was never characterized so well, nor whose mindless bigotry was ever revealed so starkly as in this post from Alan Keyes’ “Renew America” blog. Mary Mostert hammers out this dulcet bit of Klannish homophobe prose, replete with Looking-Glass logic:

Another point that makes me think it is not Sen. Craig who is lying is that he is 62 years old and well known. Homosexuals that prowl public toilets looking for sex with strangers, as Sen. Craig is accused of doing, simply do not live to be 62 and don’t prowl where they could be easily recognized. The average life expectancy of a homosexual male in the USA is 41. However, homosexuals who prowl public bathrooms usually have hundreds of sex partners and die long before they reach the age of sixty. The famous Aids Memorial Quilt, the history of the San Francisco homosexual community and several medical studies indicate the life expectancy of people who do what Sen. Craig is accused of doing, i.e. soliciting homosexual sex from strangers, is 35.7 to 39 years.

[“Is it Sen. Craig or airport policeman Sgt. Karsnia who is lying?” and … “Mary Mostert is a nationally-respected political writer.” By whom? one wonders.]

GOP “science & rationality” strikes again. (Aristophanes dealt with this sort of mindless sophistry 2500 years ago — so there is no need to go into it here — in The Clouds)

As does Republican hypocrisy strike anew. Indications are that Larry Craig, soon-to-be ex-Senator, will now devote his full time to proving his “innocence” much as O.J. is still looking for the “real killers.”

The only real tension in this story is: will Craig move to K Street to become a high-powered D.C. lobbyist? or else fall pray (sic) to “Linda Syndrome” and put together a “Repentence” road show, replete with crocodile tears and loud protestations of how his new invisible friend Jesus saved him. It’s already “working” for Michael Vick, please note.

The normal path back to respectability for porn stars, professional athletes and politicians caught in scandals.

Forgive the cynicism, but there is very little in this whole sordid mess that strikes one as savory, or as any reflection of the alleged “goodness” of the American people, who still can’t seem to figure out that SOME people are actually bisexual. (Quit a few, actually.)

“I’m not gay,” indeed.

Courage.

NOTE: In reference to an ongoing thread in this blog, Sen. Craig is not a Mormon. Smears of this nature will be removed from the comments thread, in keeping with stated blog guidelines.

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14 Responses to Craig Resigns, Leaving One Blogger High And Dry

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    The guy is only a simple U.S. Senator so how was he supposed to know that people have a tendency to believe things that end up in criminal court with a guilty plea? Maybe he’s really seventeen and not 62. Anyway, I agree that that was a masterful job of using a meaningless statistic to create a nonsensical argument.

    (My name is still on the membership rolls of the Mormon Church so I agree that it is a “smear” to accuse anyone of being a member of anything that hasn’t thrown me out yet.)

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    The guy is only a simple U.S. Senator so how was he supposed to know that people have a tendency to believe things that end up in criminal court with a guilty plea? Maybe he’s really seventeen and not 62. Anyway, I agree that that was a masterful job of using a meaningless statistic to create a nonsensical argument.

    (My name is still on the membership rolls of the Mormon Church so I agree that it is a “smear” to accuse anyone of being a member of anything that hasn’t thrown me out yet.)

  3. Thanks, Darrell. You might want to see my comment at the ongoing thread regarding Mormons.

  4. Thanks, Darrell. You might want to see my comment at the ongoing thread regarding Mormons.

  5. Darrell Prows says:

    Cops target gay sex ‘cruisers’
    Sen. Craig’s alleged actions not uncommon in Utah
    By Russ Rizzo
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Article Last Updated: 09/02/2007 12:17:42 AM MDT

    The solicitations from men – they were always from men – were discreet and almost always unspoken.
    Eye contact followed by a simple hand gesture. Just enough to let the object of their attention know they were interested in sex.
    Often, the first words exchanged between the two were from Jeff Bedard telling his suitors that he was a Salt Lake City police officer and they were under arrest.
    The men are most often caught “cruising” for sex in public parks and restrooms. Most are between 36 and 56, and a third of them are married and consider themselves straight, according to statistics kept by Salt Lake City.
    They include businessmen, professionals and religious leaders.
    “A lot of the people we’ve arrested live lives that are opposite to the activities they are engaging in,” Bedard said.

    Of course Mary Mostert knows very much more about this sort of thing than a police officer working with it on a professional basis. I’m going to write right in and tell that guy to stop lying.

  6. Darrell Prows says:

    Cops target gay sex ‘cruisers’
    Sen. Craig’s alleged actions not uncommon in Utah
    By Russ Rizzo
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Article Last Updated: 09/02/2007 12:17:42 AM MDT

    The solicitations from men – they were always from men – were discreet and almost always unspoken.
    Eye contact followed by a simple hand gesture. Just enough to let the object of their attention know they were interested in sex.
    Often, the first words exchanged between the two were from Jeff Bedard telling his suitors that he was a Salt Lake City police officer and they were under arrest.
    The men are most often caught “cruising” for sex in public parks and restrooms. Most are between 36 and 56, and a third of them are married and consider themselves straight, according to statistics kept by Salt Lake City.
    They include businessmen, professionals and religious leaders.
    “A lot of the people we’ve arrested live lives that are opposite to the activities they are engaging in,” Bedard said.

    Of course Mary Mostert knows very much more about this sort of thing than a police officer working with it on a professional basis. I’m going to write right in and tell that guy to stop lying.

  7. That’s right, Darrell. It’s shameful how these fool scientists and investigators don’t understand the first thing about statistical theory (even if the wrong demographic population was selected).

    As any “nationally-respected political writer” knows full well, if the average age at death of a population is 41 (according to some voodoo statistics from uncited sources), then that HAS to mean that whenever a gay male in America reaches the age of 41, he keels over, automatically.

    That’s what the science of “intelligent design” teaches us. In this week of chupacabra discovery, we should all know that.

  8. That’s right, Darrell. It’s shameful how these fool scientists and investigators don’t understand the first thing about statistical theory (even if the wrong demographic population was selected).

    As any “nationally-respected political writer” knows full well, if the average age at death of a population is 41 (according to some voodoo statistics from uncited sources), then that HAS to mean that whenever a gay male in America reaches the age of 41, he keels over, automatically.

    That’s what the science of “intelligent design” teaches us. In this week of chupacabra discovery, we should all know that.

  9. Buzz says:

    As a 63 year old gay man, I find the speedy reaction to Senator Craig’s plight totally without compassion. Of course what he did was both wrong and inappropriate. However, isn’t it surprising that his own party dumped him without a speck of compassion for either him or his family? The GOP, after so many scandals within it’s ranks, is again on a moralistic witch hunt to regain it’s reputation as the party of “family values.” It also serves as a perfect opportunity for the GOP to continue it’s demonetization of gays. Gays and lesbians have always been the alleged primary threat to their brand of family values and to our supposed campaign to recruit their children to our, “lifestyle.” Gays can not be defined by a predetermined “life style” based solely on their sexual orientation. My gay friends (I also have straight ones) are often as different as night and day. One component of a person’s being does not determine who they are. Do all Jews, Catholics, Muslims, blacks, straights, Irish, etc. act and live the same way? The answer is obvious!
    Unfortunately this one perverted act of an Idaho Senator, will again be used by the GOP to promote continued national homophobia. It will provide gay bashers an additional reason to physically abuse and kill gay men and women. It will thwart the passage of overdue legislation to prevent attacks based on sexual orientation. In other words, it will become just another weapon of the “born again’s” to sponsor hate.
    Soliciting sex in a public bathroom is not gay behavior it is perverted behavior. No gays I know now, or have ever known, have either admitted to, been accussed of, or benn convicted for such a moral infraction. I resent the fact that perverted behavior is constantly equated to be gay behavior. I am equally disturbed that my entire life is judged, by some, solely on the basis of whom I choose to sleep with!! Us gays pay taxes, mow the lawn, work, travel and raise families just like straight folks. How sad that these “compassionate”, “born again” right wingers are so hung up on bedroom behavior. I don’t ever intend to be born again. One belly button is sufficient!

  10. Buzz says:

    As a 63 year old gay man, I find the speedy reaction to Senator Craig’s plight totally without compassion. Of course what he did was both wrong and inappropriate. However, isn’t it surprising that his own party dumped him without a speck of compassion for either him or his family? The GOP, after so many scandals within it’s ranks, is again on a moralistic witch hunt to regain it’s reputation as the party of “family values.” It also serves as a perfect opportunity for the GOP to continue it’s demonetization of gays. Gays and lesbians have always been the alleged primary threat to their brand of family values and to our supposed campaign to recruit their children to our, “lifestyle.” Gays can not be defined by a predetermined “life style” based solely on their sexual orientation. My gay friends (I also have straight ones) are often as different as night and day. One component of a person’s being does not determine who they are. Do all Jews, Catholics, Muslims, blacks, straights, Irish, etc. act and live the same way? The answer is obvious!
    Unfortunately this one perverted act of an Idaho Senator, will again be used by the GOP to promote continued national homophobia. It will provide gay bashers an additional reason to physically abuse and kill gay men and women. It will thwart the passage of overdue legislation to prevent attacks based on sexual orientation. In other words, it will become just another weapon of the “born again’s” to sponsor hate.
    Soliciting sex in a public bathroom is not gay behavior it is perverted behavior. No gays I know now, or have ever known, have either admitted to, been accussed of, or benn convicted for such a moral infraction. I resent the fact that perverted behavior is constantly equated to be gay behavior. I am equally disturbed that my entire life is judged, by some, solely on the basis of whom I choose to sleep with!! Us gays pay taxes, mow the lawn, work, travel and raise families just like straight folks. How sad that these “compassionate”, “born again” right wingers are so hung up on bedroom behavior. I don’t ever intend to be born again. One belly button is sufficient!

  11. Absolutely, Buzz.

    Sad to say that this is about a United States senator soliciting sex in a public bathroom, which is illegal, and not controversially so. But we live in a land in which people believe that you get AIDS from gay sex (no, you get it from a viroid, and in many countries and one CONTINENT, that viroid is most prevalent in the heterosexual population).

    That gay teachers MUST automatically be pedophiles, because gay = perversion = pedophile.

    That gay scoutmasters are, again, a license to pedophilia.

    And that you “choose” to whom you are attracted if you are gay, even though no heterosexual has ever had any control over those to whom THEY were attracted. A gay “chooses” but a “straight” is just “struck by Cupid’s arrow.”

    (That symbol of Cupid’s arrow for erotic/romantic love has not stood the test of time because it DIDN’T explain the caprices of attraction.)

    Who knows? If medicine can extend our lives another century or so, we might live to see a sexually mature and ADULT society instead of this “Lord of the Flies” series of witchhunts against anything and everything sexual, because children might SEE or HEAR something about it.

    (Conveniently forgetting how children were created in the first place.)

    It is gratifying to watch a hypocrite hoist by his own petard (a petard being the first “shaped” explosive charge, and not that innuendo thing you were thinking of), but a lynching is still a lynching.

    And Buzz, you’re one of the few people I’ve heard this weekend who was making any sense at all.

  12. Absolutely, Buzz.

    Sad to say that this is about a United States senator soliciting sex in a public bathroom, which is illegal, and not controversially so. But we live in a land in which people believe that you get AIDS from gay sex (no, you get it from a viroid, and in many countries and one CONTINENT, that viroid is most prevalent in the heterosexual population).

    That gay teachers MUST automatically be pedophiles, because gay = perversion = pedophile.

    That gay scoutmasters are, again, a license to pedophilia.

    And that you “choose” to whom you are attracted if you are gay, even though no heterosexual has ever had any control over those to whom THEY were attracted. A gay “chooses” but a “straight” is just “struck by Cupid’s arrow.”

    (That symbol of Cupid’s arrow for erotic/romantic love has not stood the test of time because it DIDN’T explain the caprices of attraction.)

    Who knows? If medicine can extend our lives another century or so, we might live to see a sexually mature and ADULT society instead of this “Lord of the Flies” series of witchhunts against anything and everything sexual, because children might SEE or HEAR something about it.

    (Conveniently forgetting how children were created in the first place.)

    It is gratifying to watch a hypocrite hoist by his own petard (a petard being the first “shaped” explosive charge, and not that innuendo thing you were thinking of), but a lynching is still a lynching.

    And Buzz, you’re one of the few people I’ve heard this weekend who was making any sense at all.

  13. Buzz says:

    Much thanks for your kind words Hart. You are absolutely correct about your choice theory. I definitely did not choose to be gay, no more than a straight person chooses to be straight. Why on earth would anyone choose to be gay, knowing in advance the bigotry, family scorn, and riducule they will face throughout their life? If the choice theory were true, there would be no gays. Nobody would opt for a life filled with regection if they actually had a choice. When some of my less informed straight associates advance this choice philosophy, I simply ask them how they went about “choosing” to be straight. None of them have been able to answer the question because they did not make a choice!!!
    Civil rights race activists are often infuriated when their movement for equal rights is branded as being the same as the drive for gay rights. They most often say they are not the same because they had no control over being black by stating that they were “just born that way.” When will people wake up and smell the coffee? We too were “born this way”. Sexual orientation is not a choice. Those who try to “rehabilitate” gays by indoctrination do great harm to the “sick” individual. Suicide remains the leading cause of gay teen deaths because these young folks are bombarded with information indicating they are perverted.
    I have gotten a little off base, as the topic was suppose to be Senator Craig. Perhaps Senator Craig is one of those thousands of unfortunate people who were born gay but had to camoflage their sexual orientation due to the demands of straight society. (New Jersey’s Govenor McGrevey comes to mind) As anyone who has the opportunity to see the award winning movie, “Brokeback Mountain” knows, the suppresion of a persons sexual orientation can do great mental and physical damage to them and all those close to them! Thanks again Hart.

  14. Buzz says:

    Much thanks for your kind words Hart. You are absolutely correct about your choice theory. I definitely did not choose to be gay, no more than a straight person chooses to be straight. Why on earth would anyone choose to be gay, knowing in advance the bigotry, family scorn, and riducule they will face throughout their life? If the choice theory were true, there would be no gays. Nobody would opt for a life filled with regection if they actually had a choice. When some of my less informed straight associates advance this choice philosophy, I simply ask them how they went about “choosing” to be straight. None of them have been able to answer the question because they did not make a choice!!!
    Civil rights race activists are often infuriated when their movement for equal rights is branded as being the same as the drive for gay rights. They most often say they are not the same because they had no control over being black by stating that they were “just born that way.” When will people wake up and smell the coffee? We too were “born this way”. Sexual orientation is not a choice. Those who try to “rehabilitate” gays by indoctrination do great harm to the “sick” individual. Suicide remains the leading cause of gay teen deaths because these young folks are bombarded with information indicating they are perverted.
    I have gotten a little off base, as the topic was suppose to be Senator Craig. Perhaps Senator Craig is one of those thousands of unfortunate people who were born gay but had to camoflage their sexual orientation due to the demands of straight society. (New Jersey’s Govenor McGrevey comes to mind) As anyone who has the opportunity to see the award winning movie, “Brokeback Mountain” knows, the suppresion of a persons sexual orientation can do great mental and physical damage to them and all those close to them! Thanks again Hart.