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Matter of Opinion

Craig’s long stance strategy

(AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski

We had a discussion, and some mild disagreement, in our morning editorial board about Larry Craig's strategy to overcome his bathroom scandal.

I thought his "long-stance" strategy was brilliant. If his ultimate goal was to hang onto his Senate seat until the very end, he succeeded.

He got a good scolding by the Senate Ethics Committee. Read it here. They said they believed he committed the offense, but they took no action of any kind.

So he finishes out his term, collects his pension and rides into the sunset. His reputation is in the toilet, pun intended, but he'll finish his Senate career.

I think he gambled that the whole thing would die down. The media would move on to other stories (hello Hillary and Obama) and the Ethics Committee would give him a solid scolding and nothing else. This came to be.

Other board members disagreed on how wise a strategy it turned out to be. But I'll let them weigh in for themselves, if the mood strikes.

Your thoughts, wise commenters, are always welcome.

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