Friday, August 31, 2007

Is Today The Day?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Think about it from a strategy point of view: If you're U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, today would be a great day to resign, if that is indeed what you're thinking of doing.

It's the eve of a holiday, when virtually no one will be reading their weekend papers, and there's an extra day off on Monday to boot. Following that, the kids are off to school, and autumn rhythms take over.

So what will it be? Stay tuned.

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Risch Speculations Too Early

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:00 AM

No one is naming names in the governor’s office.

Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, said the governor has not selected a possible replacement for embattled Senator Larry Craig, despite rampant speculation in the national media.

“We’ve made no decisions and made no promises,” Hanian said when asked if Otter had tapped Lt. Gov. Jim Risch in the event that Craig steps down.

“We’re not dealing in hypotheticals,” Hanian said. “As far as we know, we still have a senator in that seat.”

Calls for Craig to resign have been mounting in the past few days as an increasing number of GOP leaders speak out against his June 11 arrest for lewd conduct in a mens room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Craig has already stepped down from three Senate committees, as well as his role as the co-chair of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Idaho campaign.

This morning reports came out of Washington D.C. that Craig could resign as early as today, although Craig said he would stay in his position at a press conference held in Boise on Tuesday.

Risch has already said he there would be a high likelihood of his running for Craig’s senate seat this fall if Craig decided not to run for re-election. Originally Craig planned to make that decision in mid-September.

Watch for further updates throughout the day.

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Brandi Is So Totally Not Running

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Brandi Swindell has had it up to here, people, with all of you suggesting she might be running for Senate if Larry Craig resigns.

After sending out an equivocating statement about Craig's future, she found that someone apparently tinkered with the tag line of the e-mail and made it look like she was running.

And some of you dopes fell for it.

The first to bite on the Web, near as we can tell, was the Boise Guardian, who said he wasn't entirely sure, but here it is anyway.

"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet," Swindell wrote in a second e-mail blast. "Adding words to my personal e-mail is despicable and perhaps illegal."

While we get the BW Legal Team on that one, just know, people: Swindell is sitting this one out.

To which we can only say, bummer. As people who shamelessly vote for quotes, this one would have been a doozy of a campaign.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Arrest Audio

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Minneapolis police have released the audiotape of the arresting officer's interview with U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, and it's not pretty.

In the interview, you can hear Craig arguing with the police officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, over the exact details of what happened.

"I'm disappointed in you sir, I really am," said Karsnia after he and Craig failed to agree about the details of the action.

"I am not gay. I don't do these kinds of things," Craig said.

It goes downhill from there. Updates as we get the notes down.

Craig at one point accuses Karsnia of entrapment.

"This is not entrapment," Karsnia retorted.

"Have you ever been successful in any of these bathrooms before?" Karsnia acts.

"I go to that bathroom regularly," Craig says.

"I mean for any type of other activities."

"No. Absolutely not. I don't seek activity in bathrooms," Craig says.

"It's embarrassing," Karsnia says.

"Well it's embarrassing for both ... I'm not going to fight you."

"I know you're not going to fight me. But that's not the point. I would respect you and I still respect you. I don't disrespect you but I'm disrespected right now and I"m not trying to act like I have all kinds of power or anything, but you're sitting here lying to a police officer."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

So Begin The Internet Videos

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

With the Larry Craig debacle now very much a national story, you might expect to see some independent, ah, media take up the subject.

Can't really vouch for all of them, but it does boggle the mind, to see Idaho's issues trotted out so prominently on YouTube.

See video below.

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The Mug Shot

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Certain parts about this controversy will become forever embedded in the national consciousness, we suspect. Just as Clinton's imbroglio with Monica Lewinsky gave us "the definition of is" and "that woman," Larry Craig's tortured explanations of his actions have spawned a new language.

A local favorite: "Wide stance."

Sadly, we now also have Craig's mug shot. Courtesy of the Minneapolis Airport, this photo is unlikely to really make too many talk-show rounds, because, unlike other mug shots that have become famous, it's so composed. Craig is nothing if not always ready for a closeup. Even if it's one he'd much rather not sit for.

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National Coverage

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

It was just a matter of time before somebody found a way to make a funny about "Craigslist."

The national coverage is dizzying. Herewith, a few examples:

Some person we think we've met before, writing for some paper we've heard of, discusses "the cloud over Idaho." (BW's Patti Murphy in NYT)

Go Patti!

Some lesser light discusses why Republicans are wishing they'd never met Craig just now.

Slate Magazine editors debate: Stick up for the guy or come up with mo' betta' puns on "Craigslust?"

In D.C., Politico talks about putting the 'ho' in 'Idaho' and why it's harder to be gay and GOP.

The Washington Post highlights the ethics investigation that may result, as asked for by leading Senate Republicans.

ABC News says Craig just bought himself a long, hot summer and fall.

Oh, that's a little self-serving don't you think? Get a life, dude!

Where were we...Ah, yes. CNN says Craig is now, dare we say it, a bit of a hot potato.

Stop us before we blog again! We'll have more as it comes our way.

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Piling On

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The calls for resignation are getting louder. U.S. Senators John McCain and Norm Coleman, Republicans of Arizona and Minnesota, respectively, have called on the Idaho Senator to resign.

We hear the White House is disappointed...

But, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he's standing by his pal.

Otter was asked about the incident, and Craig's explanation of it, this morning at a USO event.

"As a public servant who's made mistakes in my private life, I'm mindful that you don't really know who your friends are until you stumble," Otter said. "I want Larry and Suzanne to know that Lori and I stand by them."

Otter added that in the coming days, the Craigs would be subjected to "the intense glare of nationwide media scrutiny."

"I wish them and their family well and I urge everyone to give our senator a fair hearing," Otter said.

He added, "He is an honest man. I'm confident that Larry Craig will do what is best for him, his family, and the state of Idaho."

When asked if he thought Craig should resign, Otter said, "I'm not going there."

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It Was Supposed to Be A Vacation

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The funny thing about all of the hullabaloo surrounding U.S. Sen. Larry Craig: He's in Idaho addressing the matter not just because this is where he likes to manage his emergencies.

The senator was scheduled to be on vacation this week in Idaho.

His staff reports that he is still attempting to find some respite, despite the, um, stuff going on.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rock n' Roll, Illness, more Rock n' Roll

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 2:36 PM

I've been a bit lax in blogging because eventually my blogs will link from my workplace homepage, www.boiseweekly.com. I was going to wait until I heard word from on high that this is now an official process. However, my blogging skills were getting a bit rusty and e-mails to friends, family and acquaintances were becoming quite verbose without an outlet in which to express myself.
I spent three nights last week as a judge at a local battle of the bands: Boise Records Battle of the Bands to be precise. It was billed as "3 Nights, 3 Judges, 3 Winners." Boise Records, a local home-based recording company, sponsored the event, offering 20 hours of recording time to each night's winner in the categories of punk, metal and indie. Five bands took the stage each night, and unlike other band battles I have judged, there were no obvious winners because there were no obvious losers. In battles past, there was usually at least one or two bands easily eliminated from the running. Not the case with these bands. Every one of the them brought their A-games and put on a great show. A Thousand Effigies won punk night, though BR owner Lloyd Parrott gave Killing For Peace a second place prize of 10 hours recording time; Heibarger took the honors on metal night; and Malachi won indie night, with Parrott giving Uncle Bud 10 hours as well. I had a great time; loved seeing some bands again, some for the first time; totally dug getting to know the BR people (Lloyd, Taylor, Ryan and Marci); and being totally immersed in local music for a few days.

On Friday, working on roughly 20 hours of sleep for the week, my body rebelled and by 5 p.m. Friday I was in bed with the worst head cold of my life. I still don't feel great and am beginning to wonder if hard living isn't better left to younger people. On this I shall ponder.

The Lefsetz Letter (an awesome blog; check it out at www.lefsetz.com) posted this note from Shorefire Media: "'Radio Nowhere,' the first single from Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album 'Magic,' will be available exclusively and free on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) for one week starting today. The iTunes album pre-order for 'Magic' also begins today and includes the free download of the "Radio Nowhere" single plus the song's video and an exclusive digital booklet."

If you dig the boss, this is very cool.

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