Read what political blogs are saying about Larry Craig in Aug. 28's News from the Web

August 28, 2007 

News of Idaho Senator Larry Craig’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct earlier this month tops local, state and national headlines this morning.

The Today Show led with the story about Craig’s arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom after an undercover police officer there said Craig was sending signals that he wanted to have sex.

The Spokesman Review has a large package of stories about the event, including a link to Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey’s in-depth report.

Here’s some other prominent pages featuring discussion of the issue:

• Craig made the Smoking Gun here.

• The politics blog at the Washington Post says the incident could “endanger what should be a safe seat.” I’m not sure about that, and the author does go on to detail the “ruby redness” of our great state.

As the author puts it: “Whether it's a migraine or not (for the Republican Party) depends to be seen.”

• The Carpetbagger Report, a self-described blog that comments on and analyzes politics, has this entry this morning.

The blogger writes: "I realize the circumstances of the arrest must be humiliating for the senator, but fabricating a ridiculous defense only exacerbates the political problem here. Why did he rub his foot against the police officer’s? Because, he said, he “has a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” Why did he wave his hand repeatedly under the stall divider? Because he was reaching for a piece of paper (that did not apparently exist). Why did he plead guilty to criminal charges? Because he was in a hurry."

• An MSNBC blog has this report on this incident.

At the bottom, you’ll note that it links to a report in the Boston Globe about the Mitt Romney campaign restricting public access to a YouTube video in which Craig praises Romney.

I’m not sure to which video this refers, but I was able to click on this video in which Craig discusses the family values he shares with Romney.

Craig announced Monday that he is no longer part of Romney’s presidential campaign.

• This National Review blog discusses the seemingly bizarre nature of Craig’s arrest (with the foot-tapping, and “wide stance”) and addresses the issue of “gay cruising.”

What do you think? Should Sen. Craig, who says he wouldn’t have entered a guilty plea in hindsight, resign? What do you think should happen next?

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In lighter news, one of the most popular videos on YouTube this morning illustrates why it’s a good thing that school is back in session.

In the video, Caitlin Upton, the contestant representing South Carolina in the Miss Teen USA pageant, answers a question about why many US students don’t know how to read maps.

Forget about maps. Upton’s answer shows that she doesn’t understand how to answer questions.

Click here to watch the video.

Then take a moment to feel a little sympathy for this young lady who clearly got flustered and be glad that you don’t have to answer questions on television.

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Hopefully you got up early this morning to watch the lunar eclipse.

I went outside at about 4:45 a.m. and found a reddish moon high in the sky. By the time I left for work an hour later, the about half of the full moon was bright white again as the shadow of the earth passed across its surface.

If you missed it, here’s a photo.

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