September 18, 2007
Larry Craig Goes Back to WashingtonHe's right; he's still a sitting U.S. Senator who has to take care of Senate business. This has the added bonus of displaying defiance in public and emphasizing his contention that he's done nothing wrong.
If only he was this public with his sexuality from the beginning, he might not be in trouble today.
At a D.C. party luncheon Craig attended with his colleagues, Steve Benen reports Senator Orrin Hatch saying "I don’t think there was any underlying crime…. [I think] a good lawyer could win that case."
Hatch wasn't exactly a Craig supporter when the scandal broke. Does this indicate a softening of the GOP stand on his resignation? Did the GOP overreact in swiftly demanding he resign? It would be interesting to see what the GOP would do if Craig's guilty plea to disorderly conduct is overturned on appeal.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has filed a court brief on behalf of Craig:
In its brief, the ACLU argues that the government can arrest people for soliciting public sex only if it can show beyond doubt that the sex was to occur in public. The ACLU argues that solicitation for sex in a private place is protected speech under the First Amendment, no matter where the solicitation occurs.Hard to argue with that, unless you also believe that smarmy guys who solicit straight sex in bars and clubs is similarly guilty of a criminal offense.
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