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The Next Tell-All Author: Larry Craig

Forget the Scott McClellan book. That's old news. Capitol Briefing is looking forward to next year, when we can expect to see a new tell-all tome by none other than Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

Craig talked at length about his book plans in an interview this week with KTVB in Idaho (watch the whole thing here). The main question, of course, is whether Craig will address the infamous airport bathroom sex-sting incident and the ensuing scandal that forced him to announce he would not run for re-election this year.

"There'll be a bit of what happened in the last year and the way it evolved," Craig said in the interview. "I think that's important for Idaho and those outside Idaho [who] are interested to know."

While he's at it, Craig plans to address "the state of politics in Washington today and across America" and the "dysfunctional and hyperpartisan Senate" he will soon be leaving. (Follow-up questions that weren't asked: If the Senate is so awful, why didn't he resign when the scandal broke and his colleagues were practically begging him to quit? Why stick around for another year?)

As for his future, Craig said, "Retirement for me will probably be not quite retirement. I certainly plan to stay busy." Senate ethics rules prevent him from actively negotiating for jobs while he's still in office, but Craig said "there are some one-way conversations going on" already with potential employers. Perhaps his book -- expected to be released around the middle of 2009 -- will be such a bestseller he can be a full-time author. Though he may want to make sure his book tour doesn't include a stop in Minneapolis.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 29, 2008; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Oh. Pleeze.

Posted by: BZ | May 29, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Reasons to expect a deceitfull book from a retughlian GOP (Greedy Old Pigs). The american people will not wait for another pile or lies, no, they'll clean up the house, revolutionary, many americans will get killed in this cleanup. America wil get back on its feet again.

Posted by: jwh | May 30, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Having performed at the Republican National Convention, the Singing Senators returned. For six years they had kept God's glory zipped up. They unzipped their zipper and let the eagle soar. In June 2007, Singing Senators Ashcroft, Craig, and Lott gave their first public performance in more than six years. Following this spectacular public performance, they made it into the Idaho Hall of Fame. This year, Republicans from all over the country will be flying into the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for a reunion at the Republican National Convention.

Posted by: Elvira | May 30, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Larry Craig's book.... I can hardly wait for the title.... "Memoirs of a Wide Stance",.... or... "My First Men's Room."

Posted by: Marlin | May 30, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

why give advance publicity to another self-
Sen. Craig cannot tell the truth.
Probably, neither other member of the Club
can if he/she seeks re-election--the most important consideration of all officeholders.
He'll undoubtedly stay "busy" as has T. Lott, by publicly selling his relationships
with Rs and fellow Senators in order to get
even more money than the (undeserved)pension he'll get from us saps.
Does anyone ever go back to Podunk after
they've seen Paree?

Posted by: | May 30, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think it's appropriate for Craig to take the STANCE that he should write this book.

That is if he's not too TAPPED out.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, Larry Craig can shed some light on just what it is with these religious conservatives ("family values" men) that ultimately and almost invariably leads them into making such hypocritical fools of themselves. I mean not a day seems to go by without one or more of them being exposed (no pun intended) to the general public for what they really are, i.e., self-righteous, mentally challenged individuals with some of the most perverse behavioral characteristics found in humans.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 30, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Suggested title: "All the Senator's Men"

Posted by: eye25 | May 30, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

hang in there big buddy, been there, done that. Buy a motorhome, criuze (as it were) the hinterland with your beach in tow. Life is still your oyster even though it matured in open sewage. Slurp it up and die.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | May 30, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Suggested title: "So Many Airport Bathrooms, So Little Time."

Posted by: RAM | June 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think a better book title might be "A Wide Stance". The pity here is that the guy doesn't realize what a pariah he had become...hoisted on the his own homophobic petard.

Posted by: J. Lynch | June 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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