[Guest post by DRJ]
Glenn Greenwald claims conservatives are duplicitous with regard to Idaho Senator Larry Craig. My response:
I strongly disagree that conservatives are hypocritical when it comes to Senator Craig. A few may be – after all, we’re human like you – but most have proven themselves to be just the opposite.
The original claims against Senator Craig were issued by an admitted activist and were politically motivated, as evidenced by the public nature of the charges and the timing of their release prior to an election. There was no concern for the privacy of Senator Craig or his family. Most conservatives objected to the claims as partisan, politically motivated, and based on innuendo.
In recent days, we’ve learned that Senator Craig entered a guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge involving lewd conduct. A guilty plea removes this conduct from the category of gossip and innuendo. Senator Craig’s actions have placed this matter in the public realm, and I think he owes his family an apology. He also owes his constituents and his Party a resignation and most conservative bloggers have called for Senator Craig to resign.
The Republican Party has a history of resignations by high-profile politicians who confronted varying degrees of wrongful conduct, including recent cases like Mark Foley and not-so-recent examples like Bob Livingston and Richard Nixon. It would be hypocritical for conservatives to claim that their politicians should never resign no matter how serious the conduct – that they are special and should be forgiven even in cases of serious wrongdoing – but that hasn’t happened. Conservatives have been among the first to ask Senator Craig to resign.
Thus, are conservatives duplicitous about Senator Craig? Nothing could be further from the truth.