Larry Craig

Could the Larry Craig story actually go from ugly to uglier?

I really didn't want to blog about Larry Craig this morning. It is, after all, Oct. 1, one day after the Craig's self-imposed deadline to resign from office.

What's more, the baseball postseason opens this week. We should all feel a little younger when the playoffs begin. At the risk of sounding like an oldtimer, I can still remember an era when Mr. October referred to Reggie Jackson, not Larry Craig.

Yet alas, I must blog about Craig this morning, and pass on a troubling tidbit from Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray of The Washington Post.

"Worried that the disgraced lawmaker intends to remain in the Senate indefinitely, (GOP senators) are threatening to notch up the public humiliation by seeking an open ethics hearing on the restroom scandal that enveloped Craig last month," they write.

Click here to read the Post's story.

Meanwhile, picture the scene. Witnesses and testimony and everything you never really wanted to know about restroom behavior, all in front of the glare of the networks. Gee, you don't suppose any of the footage will make "The Colbert Report," do you?

As a big believer in open government, I think that if this tragicomedy degenerates to an Ethics Committee hearing, the process should be open. But I'm not so much of an idealist that I believe Craig's fellow senators are courageously defending your right to know. They are fervently exercising their power to try to make Craig into even more of a national laughingstock.

They are delivering a none-too-subtle hint to the new Mr. October: Retire with a shred of dignity, or things will go from ugly to uglier. As Craig contemplates his next move, I wonder if he'll think about how this embarrassment extends to his family — and to his state.

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