So Sen. Larry Craig isn’t retiring after all. Or at least he may not, says his spokesman. I can’t say I’m surprised. There’s no real incentive for Craig to step down, apart from wanting to help the GOP’s electoral fortunes. But he may not care about them any longer. The rapidity with which the GOP elite went after him may be backfiring. It sounds like Craig’s dander is up. What he cares about is clearing his name, at least in his own mind. He’s already trotted out his children to vouch for him. The truth is that he himself has nothing to lose by staying on in the Senate, especially if he’s going to continue to maintain that’s he innocent. Resigning would be a further admission of having done something untoward. But Craig believes, or has convinced himself, that he didn’t.
Craig has a potential role model. Sen. Trent Lott became a kind of maverick after he was bounced out after an inopportune remark. The same could happen with Craig. Why not serve out his term and thumb his nose at the GOP establishment?
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