If Craig had been a British politician in similar circumstances I am pretty sure that he would have been assailed by notes of sympathy from fellow politicians from all sides of the political divide. I know several politicians who have been through the mill, and all have testified that the one thing that got them through it was the kindness of colleagues. But the Republican Party has wiped Senator Craig off its collective shoe like a piece of dog muck. Mitt Romney, a presidential hopeful and, until this week, a close friend of Craig's said: "Frankly it's disgusting". Greater love hath no man... Pat Buchanan summed it up by saying "Rarely has a United States Senator fallen so fast from grace or been so completely abandoned".
The irony is that the Republican Party is supposedly the domain of the Christian Right. It has so far displayed very little Christian compassion towards a man whose only crime (assuming hypocrisy is not a crime yet) was to tap the shoe of a man who was wanting his shoe to be tapped. However distasteful many people may find this sort of gay cruising, no one can ever answer the question as to why heterosexual males (or indeed females for that matter) are not routinely entrapped and then arrested for soliciting anoynmous sex in nightclubs. It happens every night of the week. I do not defend Craig's behaviour in a public place, but nor do I wish to join a lynch mob. Even the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay pressure group in the Republic Party, haven't got a kind word to say about him...
Senator Craig made the right decision in resigning from the U.S. Senate. He lost his credibility to serve the people of Idaho and his actions damaged the credibility of the Republican Party. Senator Craig had no other choice but to resign—for the good of his State, the good of his Party, and the good of his family. His actions in Minnesota and the way he handled this situation showed terrible judgment. Senator Craig obviously failed to live up to the principles he espoused as a lawmaker. His
explanation for pleading guilty was absurd and his denial was not believable. Senator Craig had hoped a guilty plea would sweep this matter under the rug, but it clearly backfired on him. Hopefully his resignation signals his willingness to take responsibility for his illegal actions and terrible judgment.
In some ways you can hardly blame them for not wanting to defend him as he had taken some very anti-gay stances over the years. Scandals like this unleash the worst in some parts of the Republican Party, which is becoming increasingly 'anti gay' in its policy platforms. It ought to learn a few lessons from the Conservative Party here, which has made strenuous efforts to reach out to a community of people, many of whom are its natural supporters. And believe me, if Fred Thompson becomes the Republican Candidate for President the situation will be even worse.
I'm glad I don't have a vote in the US because the party I have always supported seems determined to exclude me. Ronald Reagan must be turning in his grave.