This just in: Sen. Larry Craig of bathroom-bust fame is now reconsidering his decision to resign from the U.S. Senate. He's hired Stanley Brand, a prominent ethics lawyer, to handle the ethics investigation under way in the Senate. And he's hired Billy Martin, the criminal defense attorney who represented Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in his dogfighting case, to examine the Minneapolis case. It seems that Minnesota law permits the withdrawal of a guilty plea if doing so is "necessary to correct a manifest injustice," and apparently Sen. Craig feels that what's happened to him lately is manifestly unjust.
Now I'll admit to some mixed emotions about the Larry Craig case. The LGBT-rights advocate in me is delighting in the poetic justice of an anti-gay legislator getting busted for trying to cop some same-sex lovin' in a restroom. The partisan Democrat would love to see the Craig bruhaha drag on and on and on. At the same time, I feel real pity for a man driven by who seems to be so consumed by self-loathing that he's reduced to seeking anonymous bathroom sex while publicly denouncing the concept of equality for LGBT people. I also question the priorities of the Minneapolis police department. It seems clear to me that the signaling Craig engaged in was specifically designed to be understood only by other men also seeking anonymous bathroom sex. While the enterprise strikes me as degrading and gross (unless men's bathrooms are significantly cleaner, spacious, and more comfortable than the women's loo, LOL), this kind of solicitation isn't publicly disruptive, because the general public is never even aware of it.
But complicated emotions aside, does the man really expect to salvage his political career? Leaving aside the fact that he's deeply embarrassed the Republican leadership, which has thrown him out as though he were so much bathwater, AND leaving aside the fact that he's already, you know, kind of resigned, he's clearly proved he hasn't got the judgment of a cocker spaniel and shouldn't be trusted with making decisions more weighty than picking a restaurant. Consider the following: