Scandal's political impact

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blogospheric frenzyscandalIdaho Sen. Larry CraigretirementannouncementJohn B. Judis of the New Republic explains
Overall, the Democrats will have an advantage in 2008 in having to defend far fewer seats than the Republicans. Only twelve seats held by Democrats will be up compared to 22 for Republicans. And several of those Republicans were elected during the peculiar post-9/11 circumstances of the 2002 election, when President Bush used his immense popularity and the threat of a terrorist attack to boost the chances of several Republican underdogs.
record on immigration2006 Senate immigration billthis year’s similar billAllahpundit at Hot AirRisch’s order in DecemberWendy Wright of Concerned Women for America
Critics assume that since Sen. Craig is accused of seeking homosexual anonymous public sex, he is somehow obligated to vote in favor of same-sex ‘marriage.’ Anonymous public sex is not marriage. …\ \ \ Americans have the right to expect sexually moral behavior from others, especially from those passing laws over us. One thing we can learn from the accusations against Sen. Craig is that Americans should be allowed to uphold sexual moral standards in the law, employment practices, public venues and society.
poster at FreeRepublic.com provoked a discussionLawrence v. Texas
We are open to the charge that we are hypocrites when we invoke the criminal law to enforce our predilections about sex because we are the party which says it stands for individual liberty and limited government. The Democrats say we intrude government into the bedroom and in this case they are right. So, when they say the same thing about abortion, we cannot effectively deny the charge even though a much higher value — a baby’s life — is at stake.
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times

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