Larry Craig

Craig's arrest is big news nationwide

Some on talk radio, networks and cable use headlines to make fun of Idaho senator and his arrest in a men's airport bathroom.

Craig's story and his news conference were hot topics on talk radio, network news and cable channels like Fox and CNN.

The details of his arrest in an airport sting for lewd conduct — and his guilty plea to a lesser crime of disorderly conduct — captured key space on nationwide Web sites like Wonkette, Huffington Post and

Many poked fun in headlines.

"The Arrest Room," MSNBC's left-leaning Countdown with Keith Olbermann blog said. "Brokeback Bathroom" led the conservative Drudge Report (which also included "Craig's List" and "His Own Private Idaho")

Here are a few media and political quotes of the day.

Gregory Hahn

What they said"Once again, we've found people in Washington have not lived up to the level of respect and dignity that we would expect for somebody that gets elected to a position of high influence. Very disappointing. He's no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine."

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in an interview on CNBC.

"Sen. Larry Craig has been a stalwart in supporting Idaho and ensuring that the needs of Idaho citizens have been well-represented at the highest levels of our nation's government. Until the facts of this situation are made clear, I would encourage all Idahoans to avoid rushing to judgment and making brash statements about a man who has dedicated his life to public service."

Idaho Republican Party Chairman, J. Kirk Sullivan.

"I'm trying to understand, you know, this is not about gay or straight. I'm trying to understand people who would go and have sex with strangers like this. The idea that this is a big problem, it's stunning to me, to say the least. ... Sen. Craig, if you have been engaged in this activity, resign. Resign. Get out of office. If you have been a hypocrite. ... because Republicans don't need you to drag them down."

Conservative radio and television host Sean Hannity on his show on KIDO-AM (580).

"In the pantheon of bad political press conferences, this one is gonna have an exalted place on the wall."

Democratic strategist and television pundit James Carville on CNN.

"This is a serious matter. Due to the reported and disputed circumstances, and the legal resolution of this serious case, we will recommend that Sen. Craig's incident be reported to the Senate Ethics Committee for its review. In the meantime, leadership is examining other aspects of the case to determine if additional action is required."

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Leader Trent Lott, Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, Policy Committee Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison and Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign.

"He talks like Snagglepuss. To which Craig added, ‘Jiminy God!' "

Snide liberal inside-the-beltway blog Wonkette, listing some of the key points of Monday's news.

"The allegations swirling around Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) have the potential to endanger what should be a safe seat and further complicates Republicans' attempts to limit their losses in 2008."

Washington Post politics blogger Chris Cillizza.

"The arrest of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is largely baffling — but not because it's hard to believe that a member of ‘The Singing Senators?' barbershop quartet might be gay despite a lifetime 96-percent American Conservative Union rating."

Mark Hemingway on National Review Online.

"The 62-year-old Craig doesn't just put the party back in the ‘Grand Old Party,' though he certainly does that."

Nick Gillespie, writing for the Libertarian magazine Reason online.