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Sen. Craig To Resign

Jim Burroway

August 31st, 2007

I’m still trying to figure out how anyone can have a “wide stance” when their trousers are gathered about their knees. That’s okay though. I won’t have to think about it any more. News media everywhere are reporting that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig will resign tomorrow, leaving the GOP’s double standard intact. I’m glad he’s resigning, but the GOP’s business isn’t done. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Robguy
August 31st, 2007 | LINK

I’m happy to see Craig go – even though what he did (tapping his foot and swiping his hand) would hardly be illegal out of context. Too bad Vitters (who actually got to use his willy) doesn’t leave as well.

I guess the real crime is “teh gay”. (yet, the like-cock-republicans wonder why we have so little respect for them).

werdna
September 1st, 2007 | LINK

If your pants are around your knees you can still spread you feet pretty wide. If they’re around your ankles, that’d be tougher.

Oh, what? The substance of the post? Rank hypocrisy and political calculation from the GOP? How terribly surprising! Glenn Greenwald has a good post about how “family values” are deployed tactically and cynically against gays: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/08/30/craig_vitter/index.html
(you’ll have to watch a short ad if you’re not a subscriber, sorry!)

David
September 2nd, 2007 | LINK

The last time I commented on this topic Jim Burroway accused me of splitting hairs. I will now risk further such accusations by insisting that no double standard is evident.

Senator Vitter was not accused of any criminal offense, did not plead guilty to any crime, and did not make any flimsy excuses when his actions became public. Senator Craig did. Hence there is no double standard for homosexual as opposed to heterosexual misbehavior.

On her web log, Michelle Malkin notes that is was Lousiana Republicans who first pointed out Vitter’s extramarital activities. Quoting from the Daily Advertiser:

“Christopher Tidmore of Metairie, now a Republican candidate for the state Legislature, wrote the Louisiana Weekly article five years ago about Vitter’s relationship with Canal Street brothel prostitute Wendy Cortez. Vitter continuously denied any relationship. Tidmore said Vitter has tried to sabotage his career since he wrote the article.” See http://michellemalkin.com/2007/07/11/very-disappointed-in-vitter/

Malkin thinks that those “who keep harping on double standards conveniently forget” all of this.

Nevertheless, Jim Burroway will ultimately be pleased by Malkin’s view on the Vitter affair. She writes:

“So far, Vitter has managed to avoid further questions about his admission of “sin.” He better enjoy the Labor Day holiday. When he gets back to Washington, I have a feeling he’ll be feeling the post-Craig heat.” See http://michellemalkin.com/2007/09/01/craig-press-conference/

Jim Burroway
September 2nd, 2007 | LINK

Actually, if you will look closely, Vitter did admit to a criminal offense long after the statute of limitations passed. That’s the ONLY reason he didn’t even have a chance to plead guilty to a crime. But when his name appeared on the madam’s list, he admitted to it and got a round of applause.

Both crimes were misdemeanors. So yes, in my view justifying Vitter’s staying in office while calling for Craig’s head, is a double standard. Saying that somehow I “forgot all this” is a strawman.

David
September 2nd, 2007 | LINK

Did Sentor Vitter deny any wrongdoing with flimsy excuses? Did he accuse a police officer of lying?

In order for there to be a double standard vis-a-vis Vitter and Craig the two situations have to be the same except for the homosexual/heterosexual angle. But they aren’t.

Of course, Tidmore’s accusation of career sabotage against Vitter are worth being investigated by the Senate.

Ben in Oakland
September 2nd, 2007 | LINK

david: just so you understand it better, here is the double standard explained in a letter i wrote to the SF Chronicle:

What an amazing display of double standards.

The family-values Republican leadership forced Larry Craig to resign his Senate seat because he plead guilty to tapping his foot in a restroom. Perhaps he intended to dishonor the sanctity of his marriage by committing adultery. Perhaps not. David Vitter actually did commit adultery, yet he was welcomed back to the Senate with nary a peep heard about how he dishonored the sanctity of his marriage, let alone a call for his resignation.

Could it be that Craig’s actions had a whiff of lavender about them, while Vitter was just a good ol’ boy doing what good ol’ boys do? Could it also be the Craig’s likely successor would be a conservative Republican, while Vitter’s would most likely be a Democrat? Why is it that McCain and Giuliani, both of whom have adultery and divorces in their resumes and both of whom oppose marriage for gay people, are given a free pass by the Republican leadership?

Perhaps it is time to admit that “the battle over same-sex marriage” has nothing to do with marriage and everything to do with power, money, and prejudice. The Republican Party denounces and demonizes gay people and our lives, and yet is virtually silent about other issues obviously more relevant to marriage and family life, such as high heterosexual divorce rates, multiple marriages, adultery, out-of-wedlock births, guaranteed health care especially for children, family planning, and the number of children in foster-care and orphanages– for a start.

If the GOP actually showed some real concern about families and started moralizing about those issues, they would probably lose many of their “values voters”. Anti-gay moralism costs its supporters nothing, and is much more of an electoral winner.

David
September 3rd, 2007 | LINK

Ben in Oakland:

I understand the double standard you and Jim claim is present. I’m saying that the the two situations are not similar enough to demonstrate any double standard.

Jim Burroway
September 3rd, 2007 | LINK

Well then I can’t help but go back to my earlier comment. In my opinion, a lot of people are splitting hairs in comparing the two. Both senators admitted to breaking the law in misdemeanors involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Only one has been pressured to resign.

So no, that’s not entirely correct: two situations don’t have to be exactly the same for a double standard to exist. There will never be two situations precisely alike. The world just isn’t as clean as all that. And so for that reason, there will always be the convenience of a hair’s worth of difference to merit a double standard. The only difference here I can see is that Vitter was able to deliver a pursuasive speech in a closed session of his caucus that earned him a round of applause. I’m not so sure there is anything Craig could have done to earn the same thing, not even on his best day.

Ben in Oakland
September 3rd, 2007 | LINK

David: I would say that you arem ost likely not gay and are a conservative chrisitian against full inclusion of gay people and an end to prejudice. given your ideological starting place, it is not surprising that you don’t see a double standard here. you probably also don’t think that gay people have anything to complain about, andthat whatever the hetero majority does to us is justified because 1) we ar going against god’s will 2) hey, it’s their sincere religious beliefs, so it really isn’t just plain old prejudice and bigotry 3) it’s the will of the majority, so the rights of the minority do not need to be respected, because we have no rights. It’s a democracy, right?

Let me tell you something. as long as you (or GOP, or KKKristians) say that I can be treated differently than you for no other reason than you don’t like what makes my dick hard, than we are talking abouit prejudice. And as long as we continue to deplete our national will and energy over whether i get to live my life as I see fit, we will continue to elect the same bunch of idiots and moral degenerates, and bring aqbout the fall of the american empire.

homer
September 4th, 2007 | LINK

Craig also had poor bathroom etiquette, he didn’t flush! Per the police report. I wonder if he washed his hands?

Timothy Kincaid
September 4th, 2007 | LINK

Ben,

Your wild assumptions about David and the accompanying insults are inappropriate for this site.

We don’t know David’s orientation or what he believes about gay people.

I, for one, am a gay person who fully supports inclusion of gay people and the end to prejudice. And yet I can see David’s point.

He acknowledges the facts of the situation and simply states that he doesn’t see a double standard in those facts. That doesn’t make him a bigot.

I think that a double standard does exist and I think it comes into play in the response of some people. But I can also see that there are adequate differences so that others may legitimately not think this a double standard, or not enough of one to get upset about. While it may seem like splitting hairs, and I’m not stating I agree with all of this, I can see how some folks don’t see a double standard:

1. Plead guilty. Yes, it’s just because of statute of limitations that Vitter didn’t, but some folks think that a guilty plea is cause for resignation while an accusation is not.

2. Public v. Private. Many people (me included) don’t much care what goes on behind closed doors whether it’s the “horrible crime” of prostitution or not. But we all kinda cringe at the idea of sex in a bathroom in a VERY public place like an airport where we know kids are in and out all the time. So for some folks, it isn’t about adultery or sin or values, but simply that the creepy guy lurking in the bathroom has to go.

3. Timing. Vitter’s infidelity is supposedly in the past and he’s sought counseling for it. Craig’s infidelity was recent and he show no intention of doing anything about his preclivity for toilet cruising. Some people find it easier to forgive the guy who admits his fault and has already taken steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again as opposed to the guy who says, “I didn’t do it” when clearly they did.

Personally, I see them the same because they both sold themselves as one thing to the voters but were something else entirely.

Ben in oakland
September 4th, 2007 | LINK

You are correct, timothy. I apologize to you and to David. I went back and read his remarks again, and I realized that I had misread several words and taken it that he was saying something that he clearly was not. So again, I apologize.

However… there is a very clear double standard here in the repub’s actions, since the are the party of family values. The forgive one indiscretion, and force a resignation on the other.

David in Louisiana
September 9th, 2007 | LINK

I don’t think it was double standard while i don’t believe in what he done i will still vote for him he is not for giving our country away like lot of the senators most of them Dem. open borders let the illegal stay here no mater what they have done or almost everything like senator Craig for giving our country a way senator Vitter is for strong defense. i can live with what he done can not say that about lot of the other senators. i know this is not what you want to hear also i dont think you will print

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