Debra J. Saunders

Some have argued Craig should not resign because he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, not a felony. Others see the push for Craig's resignation as homophobic.

But the issue here is not whether Craig is gay -- the charge stems from the apparent solicitation of sex in a public restroom.

The issue is whether Craig should serve after he has turned himself into a running late-night gag.

The answer is: He cannot.

Craig argued Thursday that he must stay in the Senate in order to "clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee."

It's too late. If Craig cared about his name, he should not have put his John Hancock on a guilty plea -- unless, of course, he is guilty. If he cared about his name, he would not go back on his promise to resign.

It's not exactly punitive to call on Craig to resign and start collecting a generous federal pension. There comes a time when a true public servant realizes that his presence only hurts the institution in which he serves. It's time for Craig to announce he wants to spend time with his family and go write a book.

Debra J. Saunders

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