My buddy Loveland opined a few days ago that Senator Larry Craig had done about as poor a job handling a crisis as could be imagined. Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t tease reality by saying it has reached the limit of our imaginations; it has a way of exceeding our expectations in this area.
As in the case of Senator Craig. Just when the story had finally begun to die, along comes a twist that truly boggles my mind; here’s the description from the New York Times:
“Dan Whiting, a spokesman for Mr. Craig, an Idaho Republican, said Tuesday night that Mr. Craig had not ruled out reversing his plan to step down Sept. 30. After intense pressure from Republican colleagues in the Senate, Mr. Craig announced Saturday that it would be best for ‘the people of Idaho’ if he resigned after the disclosure of his guilty plea last month to disorderly conduct charges stemming from his arrest in June in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom.
“’As he stated on Saturday, Senator Craig intends to resign on Sept. 30,’ Mr. Whiting said in a statement. ‘However, he is fighting these charges, and should he be cleared before then, he may, and I emphasize may, not resign.’”
A-freaking-mazing. And, given that this was a statement, not an off-the-cuff comment, you have to figure this was a deliberate overture, not an aide off message. You can only imagine what’s going on in his inner circle of advisors (which includes, I note, the lawyer who did so well for Michael Vick in his little trip through the media spotlight).
I’m trying also to imagine what the GOP operatives are saying to their candidates and among themselves at those back-of-the-hotel-bar tables that operatives congregate at when the campaign stops for the evening somewhere.
But that would just be teasing reality all over again and I’m not going there; it’s too weird already.