The AP is reporting that Sen. Larry Craig will resign tomorrow. My initial reaction is simple. Good riddance. He’s disgraced himself by putting himself in an untenable position.

The announcement follows by just five days the disclosure that he had pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to a reduced misdemeanor charge arising out of his arrest June 11 at the Minneapolis airport.

The three-term Republican senator had maintained that he did nothing wrong except for making the guilty plea without consulting a lawyer. But he found almost no support among Republicans in his home state or Washington.

What type of defense is that? Now he’s claiming that his only mistake was in not consulting a lawyer before pleading guilty? If he wasn’t guilty, that should’ve been his first move. That move should’ve been a total no-brainer. The only thing more insulting is his claim that he was entrapped.

As the audiotape clearly shows, Craig initiated the contact. It isn’t entrapment when the criminal makes the first move.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appeared Friday to have already settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.

This is the best option under the circumstances for Republicans. They won’t have to run a primary challenger against a sitting senator, thereby saving the party alot of money. They also sweep this story out of the news. I’d be surprised if it had legs beyond Labor Day.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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