The Craig chronicles

The muse has struck Larry Craig, who says he will write a book after leaving the Senate.

But which book?

In an election-night interview with KIVI TV, Craig said he would commit his experiences of the past year to paper. By telling his story, Craig says he will give readers a glimpse into a dysfunctional Congress. Click here for the story.

A few weeks earlier, though, Craig told the Power County Press in Eastern Idaho that he was planning to write a book about the nation's energy policy. Click here for the clip.

That's our Craig. Always changing his mind about something. Reading these accounts at face value, and sensing Craig is suffering from some creative tensions, let me offer unsolicited but serious advice.

Do yourself a favor, senator. And us all. Write about energy. Please.

Elected officials who have spent 28 years in office — and who are concerned about what awaits us in the next 28 years and beyond — write books about topics such as energy policy. They lend their perspective for the debates to follow. By discussing issues that are relevant, they make themselves relevant. And to the extent that Larry Craig can do anything to change his legacy, his legacy is probably better served by writing about energy issues.

I doubt I'd agree with everything Craig has to say — although a Craig white paper on energy would probably argue persuasively for a second generation of nuclear power, which makes sense to me. Even with $4-a-gallon gasoline, Craig might be pressed to generate a lot of sales for a book about energy. He could work out a promo to give away some of those Bobblefoot action figures with every book purchase, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

But a tell-all book about Craig's fall from favor and run-in with the law? Oh, I'm sure it'd sell, even though many people wouldn't want to be seen buying or reading it. By sheer magnetic force of voyeurism, we'd read — even if we'd rather borrow the book from the library or a co-worker.

And we'd learn, what exactly? That Congress is a dysfunctional family? I already figured that out. That Craig has seemingly a limitless capacity for playing the role of victim? Got it already.

See, Craig can't have it both ways.

Since August, Craig has blamed his problems on anybody and everybody. On an overly aggressive airport police sting that, he said, bordered on profiling. On fellow politicians who were quick to sever their ties with him. And, of course, on the media, especially the Statesman. Through his conduct and his stubborn insistence to ride out his term, Craig seems to want to act like his arrest is a mere distraction that takes attention away from his job in the Senate.

But nobody is forcing Craig to contemplate writing a book about his problems. He is dwelling on the event of the past year, entirely of his own accord. And when Craig discloses that he has a book in mind — on the same night when, ironically enough, his fellow Idaho Republicans nominated Lt. Gov. Jim Risch to run for Craig's Senate job — he keeps on bringing up the past.

I don't need a whole book to tell me that Larry Craig thinks he's been done wrong. I've already heard the story. And frankly, it's getting a little old.

I think I'll go reread Gene Smith's book about Minimata Disease.

There's a story there.


Something to live with, or a least leave with.

I agree KR. I like Senator Craig - always voted for him. He was an able senator.

I think the police sting in Minneapolis was overdone, a waste of time and money, and targeted legal behavior and non-victims. That said, Craig was busted, he is done in politics, and he should quieten and leave with the dignity he can.

Mr. Craig does not have to live like a recluse, he can still engage and enjoy a full life in a forgiving nation and state - but he must not keep bringing attention to himself. Larry, please listen.

Dignity is all wet

Perhaps you have your own reasons for condoning toilet sex with strangers and wanting a clear field in that area but behavior like that is why we cant let our children and grandchildren enter public restrooms without a guardian or play in public parks anymore without a adult nearby. Most people go to a motel or meet and a secluded place when the old sex monkey acts up, Unlike you many of us are a little upset at the idea of someone peeping into our stalls winking and giving off signals for sex. The idea that they only hit on like thinking adults is absurd and public toilets are for that purpose only. Lets hope the man and his disgusting search for company finally go away.He can live a full life if he wants but I hope he washes his hands before shaking hands with the public.If you think public sex in a public toilet is legal behavior you need a new outlook on life and stay out of my stall thank you very much

"sex in a public toilet"

I do not condone such an act. I was unaware Mr. Craig engaged in sex in a public toilet. I was unaware that is what he was charged with. And I was unaware that is what he pleaded guilty to.

Please enlighten me on what happened. Thank you.

Yo. MORONS, it was a perv cop enticing with NO...

you know what the crap what...shut up!

Better link

Thanks for the link Kevin, but it appears to be broken. Here's a better one and an even mo' better one...

Nate @

sex in a public toilet

I would like to know what happened. No one has interviewed the other "johns" that were busted in the toilet at that airport. We do know that one brave john refused to plead guilty and his case was thrown out by the judge. In these days with the heavy penalties applied to "perverts" many johns should plead guilty quickly to the arresting officer's offer to accept a "creating a disturnbance" offense. Conviction of a sex crime, could cause a john to have to be supervised in the company of his own grandchildren, and if john lives near a school, he might have to move at great financial loss. In the meantimne, what really did happen? To my knowledge, the other johns have not been asked.

I found some Craig car speakers at our local auction this week..

only 3-4 watts and they were Pioneer inside. Pioneer and Sanyo made a lot of Craig stuff. Sanyo made sets and Poneer speakers.

Too weak for me to use with my Delco on my Rollfast.