Debra J. Saunders

Great idea. I would add Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif. -- whose Virginia home was raided by FBI agents investigating now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- high on the list. Doolittle's office has denied any wrongdoing, but his judgment and ties with Abramoff fall below the standards that voters should expect.

Many will argue that Craig's behavior is especially egregious in light of his opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions, or because he is a Republican. But I don't think the behavior of former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevy was becoming in a Democrat. McGreevey, you may recall, resigned with his wife by his side in 2004 amid the news that he hired the male object of his affections as the state's $110,000 homeland security adviser, even though Golan Cipel didn't qualify for a security clearance.

At least McGreevey resigned. My guess is Craig will, too. But he'll go too late. If Craig had come forward sooner, if he had resigned Monday, many in Washington might have sympathy for a man with feet of clay who took responsibility for his actions.

But in clinging to his Senate seat, when his presence in that body only hurts the reputation of the Senate and his party, Craig now is the cloud over Idaho.

Debra J. Saunders

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