So I’ve been traveling since 4am on Tuesday. So as I spent yesterday away from TV and the internet, the most I knew about the world was that both Sen. Larry Craig and QB Michael Vick had admitted guilt for respective crimes. End of story (for now), I assumed.
And then last night at a work event, I turned to a colleague who is also politically-connected and asked, “So what do you think about Larry Craig?” He just shook his head and said, “Wasn’t his press conference today unbelieveable?”
My jaw dropped.
“No he did NOT!”, I protested. My friend: “Oh yes he did. He must have said ‘I’m not gay’ three times.”
“No he did NOT!”, I said. This time I continued: “And let me guess, his wife was standing next to him?” Well, of course!
I just shook my head. “So by the end of the week, I bet he is an alcoholic, goes to rehab, and was molested by his priest,” I deduced. Unreal.
Yes, I feel sorry for Mrs Craig and the family, too, but come on, the Senator’s statement in Boise this afternoon invites only a wholly deserved contempt. What was all that stuff about there being a “cloud over Idaho”? There’s no cloud over Idaho, there’s a cloud over him. The State of Idaho wasn’t in the stall of the men’s room at Minneapolis Airport, and the State of Idaho didn’t choose to cop a plea. If you’re going to dissemble, at least try not to be so pompous and narcissistic when you’re doing it.
And what was all that business about blaming it all on the “strain” brought about by The Idaho Statesman? What kind of excuse is that? “I wouldn’t have wound up in that men’s room if you guys hadn’t been investigating my secret gay sex life.”
This was a ridiculous performance.
The funny thing was, not having even watched or known about the press conference last night, I concluded the same thing!
The other immediate thought I had was… don’t these Washington politicians understand that this isn’t the 1960s and 1970s where people were either scared or in awe of US Senators and Congressmen? Now, we have a collective borderline hate/disdain for them all…. so there ain’t no one gonna protect ’em anymore.
My next revelation, along those same lines, was: “Hmmm… if Ted Kennedy drove home drunk, wrecked a car, and left a body at the scene of the crime in 2007…. he’d not only be out of the Senate, but most likely in jail.”
Ah, the 21st Century. Good times.