The house-sized egos of people like Larry Craig and Bob Allen prevent them from letting go of political power, even as they face humiliation by their colleagues. It's amazing. Look at what is happening to the pottysex-trawling Florida State Rep representing Merritt Island.

State Rep. Bob Allen plans to miss a court hearing in his criminal case this week to return to a place he could find equally unpleasant: the Florida House.

“I suspect it will be extremely difficult and uncomfortable for him during the special session,” said Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida. “The leadership has made it clear they want him gone.”

Allen, R-Merritt Island, is scheduled to go on trial Nov. 5 on charges of offering to pay $20 to perform a sex act on a male undercover police officer in a public park. He has said he is innocent.

How humiliating is it for Bob? He's been stripped of his committee chairmanship, his GOP colleagues are running the other way and Bob's been banished to a corner seat near freshman Democrats. He hasn't gotten the hint. It probably didn't help that when he was arrested, he said to the officer “I don't suppose it would help if I said I was a state legislator, would it?”

Or maybe it was the litany of preposterous excuses. You know:
* Allen said he went to the bathroom to avoid a lightning storm that was about to start.

* According to his statement he was intimidated by the “stocky black guy” (the police officer) and there “was nothing but other black guys around in the park” and that he believed that he was about to be robbed.

* He also said that — he plans to run for the state Senate in 2010: “I'm waiting for the politics to say it's OK to hug Bob Allen again — and they will.”

Howie Klein has more on Allen and Craig.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding