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    Is the "Intent" of Larry Craig Good Enough?

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    Perhaps I am too cynical, but Senator Craig's resignation speech seems to present a bit of uncertainty.

    After all, Craig did say that it is his "intent" to resign. Does that not suggest that the issue is still open, if ever so slightly, and is tentative?

    Example: It is my intent to play center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers and to hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the World Series for the bums.

    However, there may be a problem reconciling my intent with reality given my weight, age, lack of eye hand coordination, and the refusal of the Dodgers' front office to accept my collect calls so that we can talk contract, bonus money, and the like.

    It is also my intent to win the Power Ball lottery the next time the jackpot hits $300 million. Again, reality may get in the way of my intent.

    But back to the United States Senator from Idaho. Why is this just your "intent," Senator?

    Why not say:

    "I hereby resign my position as Senator of Idaho. To allow for an orderly transition of responsibility to my replacement and to assure effective coverage for the great people of Idaho, I shall work in the senate through September 30, 2007.

    Thank you.

    By the way, did I mention that I am not gay?"


    That would have been the perfect good bye with yet another "I am not gay" thrown in just to make Craig's point.

    Or is being nebulous and a bit iffy exactly what this Senator had in mind?

    Was Senator Craig deliberately being vaguely specific, or is it a case of the senator being specifically vague?

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    I think he supported Bush's amnesty bill. If so, adios and good riddance.

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    Hmmm....good point. But apparently Craig has some difficulty with the word intent.

    Remember, he said he did not intend to plead guilty to the charges either. I guess it just sort of slipped out by mistake, eh Lar?

    Somebody needs to get the man a dictionary and make sure he actually reads it instead of intending to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saveourcountry
    I think he supported Bush's amnesty bill. If so, adios and good riddance.
    He sure did and he was the main sponsor of the AG jobs bill. Screw him, he can rot in hell with the rest of the lying, criminals in our government. Another criminal bites the dust. One down, plenty more to go. Hopefully now, AG jobs is dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dman1200
    Another criminal bites the dust. One down, plenty more to go. Hopefully now, AG jobs is dead.
    Slowly but surely!
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    i wonder if there was this much outcry when the FATMAN kennedy
    killed someone by driving drunk

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    FYI. This story may have been posted elsewhere, but here it is. BTW, Specter gains my vote for "opposite man." In other words, the opposite of what he wants is the best thing for our country and common sense. Specter is a textbook case of why we need newer, fresher minds, and real conservatives in the Senate.
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    Specter Says Larry Craig Should Fight Restroom Case
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    Sun Sep 2, 1:26 PM ET

    Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Arlen Specter said Idaho Republican Larry Craig should try to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct in connection with an incident in an airport men's room and fight the case.

    ``I think he could be vindicated,'' Specter, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on the ``Fox News Sunday'' program.

    Specter, of Pennsylvania, said that Craig ``hasn't resigned'' from the Senate, only that he ``intends to resign'' as of Sept. 30. That gives Craig a month to fight the case in court, Specter said. If the case went to trial, Specter said Craig ``wouldn't be convicted of anything.''

    Craig, 62, yesterday announced he would leave the Senate and apologized ``for what I have caused.'' He resigned under pressure from his own party five days after the Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported that he was arrested in June by a police officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a bathroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8 Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a fine.

    Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, also on the Fox program, said ``from a legal point of view'' Specter ``makes a very, very good point'' about Craig's case, though ``from a political point of view, I don't pretend to know what Idaho's politics are or how they might be.''

    Ensign Disagrees

    Nevada Senator John Ensign, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, disagreed with Specter during an interview on ABC's ``This Week'' program.

    ``It was probably best'' for Craig to resign, said Ensign. ``It was best for himself, best for his family, and best for the institution of the Senate.''

    Craig ``admitted guilt,'' said Ensign. One of the things that made him ``proudest'' of the Republican leadership in the Senate was the ``swift action'' taken to call for an ethics investigation and remove Craig from committee assignments, Ensign said.

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said on ABC that Craig ``did us all a big favor by leaving the stage and taking this issue away from further discussion.''

    ``If he had stayed, I think it would have been a very, very challenging environment,'' Huckabee said. ``You might say we would be waiting until the other shoe dropped.''

    Idaho Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Craig's term, which ends in January 2009.

    Warner, Allard Retire

    The Republicans now have at least four Senate seats without an elected incumbent to defend in next year's election. Senators John Warner of Virginia and Wayne Allard of Colorado have announced they will retire at the end of their terms. Craig's seat in Idaho and another seat in Wyoming will be filled by unelected appointees.

    Twenty-two Republicans are up for re-election next year, compared with 12 Democrats.

    New York Senator Charles Schumer, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said on ABC's ``This Week'' that he's ``feeling good'' about taking seats currently held by Republicans.

    Mark Warner, a former governor of Virginia, was mulling a run for John Warner's vacant Senate seat and would be ``our strongest candidate'' in the state, said Schumer. Schumer also said was ``very optimistic'' over the prospect of taking four Republican seats in states that voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election -- Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maine.

    `Tough Battle'

    Ensign said the Senate race in Virginia would be ``a very tough battle,'' and the Republicans had ``a good shot'' at capturing the seat in Louisiana currently held by Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu.

    Edward Gillespie, President George W. Bush's senior counselor, said on Fox that Republicans ``suffered'' in the 2004 election because of concerns over ethics and pledged to run candidates next year who are untainted by such concerns.

    ``In 2008, with a strong performance at the top of the ticket, I believe that we could recapture the Senate,'' where Democrats now hold a 51-49 majority, Gillespie said.

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    Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Arlen Specter said Idaho Republican Larry Craig should try to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct in connection with an incident in an airport men's room and fight the case.
    Senator Specter doesn't seem to know very much when it comes to how the public views this incidence. Even to "withdrawl" the quilty plea would only exasperate the whole situation.
    Maybe Senator Spector is "speaking from experience"?
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