Chicago Journalist Roger Simon of the Politico (not Roger L. Simon, the mystery writer and conservative blogger) does not like conservative Senator Larry Craig one bit, but even the liberal Simon thinks Craig should fight to keep his Senate seat.
Larry Craig should not resign from the Senate.
He should force the Senate to expel him, which the Constitution provides for, but which the Senate has not done to any of its members since 1862.
If he can, Craig also should withdraw his guilty plea to what police say was â€œlewd conductâ€ in a public restroom at Minneapolis airport in June.
I have no doubt that Craig, an Idaho Republican, did what a cop says he did.
But I have a big doubt as to whether any of it was a crime. And I think a jury would have a reasonable doubt that he is guilty as charged.
Larry Craig committed a lewd act in that restroom? Larry Craig committed disorderly conduct in that restroom?
Let the prosecutors prove it in court.
Just because Craig is a jerk doesnâ€™t mean he shouldnâ€™t get civil rights in this country. …
According to the Senate website: â€œSince 1789, the Senate has expelled only 15 of its entire membership. Of that number, 14 were charged with support of the Confederacy during the Civil War.â€
The non-Civil War expulsion was that of William Blount of Tennessee, a Democratic Republican, who was expelled in 1797 for â€œa plan to incite the Creek and Cherokee Indians to aid the British in conquering the Spanish territory of West Florida.â€
Larry Craig is no William Blount.
Larry Craig is a hypocrite, a liar and a fool.
But if we kicked people out of the Senate for that, how many senators would we have left?