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Larry, get ready for your close up

The GOP senate colleagues of Toe Tapping Larry Craig are ready to open up an ethics investigation on his wide stance bathroom bust in the Minneapolis airport.  He's not going without a fight, and Mitch McConnell is probably foaming at the mouth right now. We may yet hear about more bathroom encounters if the GOP  has anything to do with it.

The Senate hearing would examine the original charges in Craig's case, including the allegation of “interference with privacy,” for peeping into the bathroom stall occupied by an undercover police officer. One senior Republican aide imagined “witnesses, documents, all in front of the klieg lights.” The committee also could look for “a pattern of conduct” — which means combing court records in other locales to discover whether Craig had prior arrests that haven't come to light.

…While his lawyer was in Minnesota last week trying to persuade a judge to throw out the senator's guilty plea, Craig was a regular presence on the Senate floor, backslapping colleagues during votes and, at one point, conducting a private conversation with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has urged Craig in no uncertain terms to leave the Senate.

And the same senators with the vapors over Larry are MIA on Diaper Dave Vitter.

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