I’m with Hugh Hewitt on this one. There’s no excuse for a United States Senator to act in such a way, attempt to use his Senate credentials to get out of trouble, and then fail to take responsibility for it. As little credibility as Congress has, that goes far beyond anything that is acceptable.
Undoubtedly had Craig been a Democrat, this story would be largely over, those criticizing the Senator would be labeled homophobes, and Craig would be already planning his memoirs — see disgraced New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey or Barney Frank — both of whom put their trysting partners on the government payroll.
That doesn’t change the right course of action: Craig should either resign on his own initiative or be forced out. Members of Congress have a duty not to allow themselves to be put in compromising positions (and this is one hell of a compromising position). Craig has tarnished the Senate, and his continued presence only inflames the scandal. Partisan concerns are immaterial, and even if they were material, Idaho is safely Republican.
Sen. Craig should resign immediately and allow the Governor of Idaho to appoint a replacement until next year’s elections.