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Tuesday, September 4

Sen. Craig (R) Wavers on Resignation

Amazing. Sen. Craig (R-ID) is indicating through a spokesperson that perhaps he isn't really going to resign after all.

Critics have been asking why Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Ted Stevens (R-AK) aren't being pressured to resign in light of their respective sexual and ethics scandals, given the brusque manner in which Craig was rushed to the exit. But Craig, apparently, is beginning to wonder if the whole thing wasn't a tiny bit unfair. He only pled guilty to a misdemeanor, after all ... and even to the extent that the taint of homosexuality underlies the allegations, right wing commentators keep bringing up the fact that Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) remains in Congress seventeen years after it was revealed that a male prostitute conducted an escort service from Frank's apartment. Craig's spokeman said:
"We're still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign September 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we're able to stay in the fight -- and stay in the Senate."
Does this mean that Craig will actually remain in the Senate?

No. Nah, nope, nyet, no way. But it does mean that the GOP will have to deal with the specter of Craig rising from the political coffin, like some bizarre remake of "The Trouble With Harry," as he tests the water for a possible retreat from his resignation decision. This can't be good news for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who just got finished declaring that the Craig episode is over. Oh no, not quite, not yet.


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