The upside of Sen. Crapo's post-DUI hoofing commute

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said after his Jan. 4 guilty plea to DUI that losing his driving privileges would force him to seek alternative transportation.

I spoke with Crapo on his cell phone yesterday, as he was making the three-quarter-mile walk from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to his row house in Southwest Washington, where he occupies the basement apartment.

Crapo laughed when I asked if he was keeping his promise to deal with stress with exercise rather than drinking.

"I am!" he answered in very warm tone for a late afternoon with light snow and temperatures in the low 30s. "I'm walking home. I'm going to get exercise out of this deal and lose some weight and get in better shape."

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And that's what separates

The men from the boys. Still, he should resign.

Ye puritan! Sooth thy wicked fingers! Thou art errant.


People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.