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Cleaning up after Larry

Post by David Seago on Sep. 5, 2007 at 6:46 pm with No Comments »
September 5, 2007 6:46 pm

Loved this windup graf on an Aug. 31 Wall Street Journal editorial (registration required) on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who may or may not resign:

The Republican Party needs to get its house in order. It is a mess. And that cleanup should include the living room, the library, the front porch and, we daresay, the restroom.

Today, the Journal offered what was supposed to be a sympathetic column on Craig’s problems by Quin Hillyer, a senior editor at the ultra-conservative American Spectator magazine. Excerpts:

Obviously, it appears as if the rumors of his history (of doing the sort of thing that he is suspected of doing) are probably true. And if he has been doing any sexual acts in a public rest room, that’s bad, very bad . . .

But really, what this means is that this man needs help. Even knowing that he was under serious scrutiny for such alleged behavior, for him to do it (again) anyway shows a terrible, and bizarre, compulsion. It shows a bad psychological problem, and possibly a psychiatric one. Somebody who would risk his career for such activities is crying out for help . . .

I fail to see how it is hypocritical for Mr. Craig, though, to have voted against “gay marriage” and special “gay rights.” One can participate in homosexual acts and yet still think, quite consistently, that it is bad public policy to create special rights and protections for homosexuals or to put the positive imprimatur of the state on the “union” of two homosexuals.

To be clear, I think Mr. Craig should leave the Senate. He is a moral reprobate, on several levels. But somebody needs to have compassion on him, and not make him feel abandoned as a human being . . . And please find him some counseling, so he can somehow try to put his life back together and find some redemption.

If these are kind words, spare me such sympathy.

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