When news of Senator Larry Craig’s ill-fated “search for love”:http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/craig-arrest-doc/ in a Minnesota airport men’s room first broke, we at Jewdar weren’t sure if we should comment on it. After all, it wasn’t even the best gay-Republican legislator-in-a-public-restroom-sex-scandal of the year, that dubious honor belonging to “this guy.”:http://thenewshole.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/04/304236.aspx
True, Lavatory Larry’s (we just coined that) story did have a certain charm: the fact that he was a United States Senator; the fact that he tried to make it seem like it was all just some sort of droll British comedy of errors (“My word, you though I was doing _what?!_”); the fact that this powerful man was brought low by something so sordid, and yet, he ultimately didn’t even get laid in the process. But as he has “postponed,”:http://www.unv.net/2007/POLITICS/09/05/craig/index.html his resignation, we feel compelled to re-visit the story.
To be sure, “Craig’s efforts to rise from the political dead”:http://www.startribune.com/587/story/1449231.html are a longshot, yet, they’re juuuuuuust believable enough to imagine him running for re-election next year. Then, we’d be able to test the hypothesis that, in Idaho, even a Republican caught in a crapper caper can defeat a Democrat.