Senator Larry Craig is either incoherent or incompetent – or both. His press conference on Tuesday afternoon was exactly the wrong thing to do - on nearly every level. And I for one do not believe that most of his story holds.
Save this one item, when he stated clearly, "I am not gay!"
I'm sure there was no merriment whatsoever in his life the preceding number of hours up to the press conference.
If he meant that was "not homosexual" that too is also likely.
Homosexuality is not a state of defined being. Rather on the best science man has gathered we understand it to be a series of emotions, feelings, desires, choices, and most importantly behavior.
The fact that he has maintained a marriage for as long as he has demonstrates that he has chosen heterosexual behavior for most of his life.
In stating blatantly his non-gayness he took an adamant stand that he had not engaged in homosexual behavior, he reiterated his previous line of the police misconstruing his actions, and that he was only trying to "make it all go away" in pleading guilty to something he attempted to argue that he did not do.
Then there is also the matter of the police reports.
But what person ever agrees to guilt for something they didn't do?
Who doesn't have the foresight to call counsel and request representation especially in this day and age in which such allegations against a conservative will always be used as a whip to beat the living daylights out of the "moral values" section of the political right? Furthermore who doesn't even inform his wife of the nature of such allegations three months previous so that she is not "shocked and devastated" when the mainstream liberal media acts predictably and begins the assault on this person?
At this point and time Senator Craig is damaged beyond repairable good to his party, his constituents or to conservatives.
I was asked by the Lovely Bride Tuesday afternoon as I was preparing to discuss this on CNN that evening, "Why would he vote in favor of marriage all those times? Doesn't that perpetuate the blogosphere's claims that he is a self-hater?"
Perhaps but think about it like this...
The man represents a socially and morally conservative state. The expectations of the voters in Idaho were that he would vote to defend marriage. Surely this makes sense then that if he is only acting out on his homosexual inclinations in secret - he would raise no finger to stop the protection of marriage. Forget being a self-hating homosexual, his primary concern was to get re-elected.
The Senator's claim that the Idaho media or the Statesman in particular are out to get him falls flat. Every politician, particularly socially conservative politicians are targeted for every move they make. From reading the Statesman's expose, coupled with the police report it seems more unlikely that the Senator is telling the truth.
But… again… who pleads guilty to something they did not do?
On the rarest of occasions, like Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of mankind, has someone taken the guilt for another but in the Senator's case what evidence of honor or valor did he exhibit. By his own verbal rationale it was to "keep things quiet."
If I were to be accused of anything close to this level of poor judgment/sin I would be shouting my innocence from the rafters. I would have demanded my attorney to be present. I would have made life so uncomfortable for the arresting officers and everyone else involved that hell would literally have frozen over before I copped to something I hadn't done.
I was asked on CNN if I felt this would rip the GOP apart. I said something similar to what I said concerning Mark Foley, "sexual deviants can't hurt the principles of the GOP."
Conservatives, particularly faith-based conservatives, expect the GOP to sheriff out the miscreants among its ranks. Liberals have no moral standards thus making it nearly impossible for a liberal to ever be accused of being a hypocrite. That also explains why they celebrate an adulterous President, push the most radical of sexual agendas upon the masses, and mock the aberrations of the other side.
Conservatives do have standards, expectations, and accountability.
Senator Larry Craig is certainly correct when stating that "he was not gay," but he is also proving to not be very smart either.
And the good people of Idaho and the nation deserve better.