Friday, August 31, 2007
Romney Deserts Craig
Via Slate Magazine:
Mitt Romney shivs his friend Larry Craig
by John Dickerson
After hearing about Larry Craig's arrest, Mitt Romney ran from his former Idaho campaign chairman as if he'd been in the next stall.
"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," the former Massachusetts governor told Larry Kudlow on Tuesday. "He's no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine."
When asked similar questions after the news broke, most of Craig's Senate colleagues demurred, saying they wanted to see all the facts before commenting. They might have been acting out of loyalty or might have wanted to avoid the topic of bathroom sex altogether. But Romney showed no such reticence, linking Craig—who denies he did anything improper—to Bill Clinton and Mark Foley, and the larger culture of corruption in Washington. (Though Romney said he wanted to wait for the facts before calling for Craig's resignation, he could only draw that parallel by assuming the worst).
Photo: (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
So what do we call Romney now? A hypocrite? He's got Craig guilty while he (Craig) is denying culpability. You know these righteous Republicans ought to watch themselves and those who work for them.
Ya just never know, Mitt, who will be found out next...