Thursday, September 6, 2007

Free Craig!!!

As strong supporters of the rights of the accused we should all urge Sen. Craig to make every effort to clear his good name. We should all hope that the judge in Minneapolis does the right thing and lets him withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial on these charges.

Preferably a long, drawn-out trial -- through next October, perhaps -- so that all of America can see how truly innocent he is -- or how carefully his Republican pals covered for him when he was being a cowardly hypocrite! Who put the pressure on the House page to withdraw his complaint? What did the Senate Republican leadership know when they gave him the committee assignments that they so publicly withdrew?

Frankly, I'm not sure Craig did anything illegal -- and the libertarian in me questions whether his arrest is appropriate. I hope he beats the rap. But we all know this is not about whether what he did should be a crime or not.

No one should care whether Sen. Craig has an inordinate likeing for Idaho spuds or Idaho studs. But he has gone out of his way to make life difficult for so many people because of their sexual orientation -- and he was such a sanctimonious SOB in the Clinton impeachment -- that he deserves to be roasted. It's not about the "crime". It's not about the sex. It's about the hypocrisy.