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Get Your Hot Dogs, Cracker Jacks, Larry Craig Bobble Foot!

Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) wide stance was already part of our pop-culture lexicon. But this weekend, it'll get as American as apple pie and baseball.

The "Saints" baseball team in St. Paul, home of the wide stance, where Craig was busted in an airport men's room sex sting, is giving away free Larry Craig "bobble foot" dolls at this Sunday's game. The first 2,500 fans in the park will get a "one-of-a-kind collector's item" -- a miniature bathroom stall with a spring-loaded bobble foot peaking out and tapping from underneath the stall.

It's all in the name of tap dancing, according to the team's Web site.

"On a night that would make Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Jerry the Mouse proud, the Saints highlight their 2008 promotional calendar with a tribute to National Tap Dance Day," the Saints' Web site says.

The first lucky 2,500 through the gates will get a bobble foot "in
honor of National Tap Dance Day and in tribute to all their toe-tapping friends and fans from around the nation who may ever have set foot in Minneapolis-St. Paul... even for just a change of planes."

It was in a men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where Craig's foot tapping was taken by an undercover police officer to be a solicitation for sex. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and pleaded guilty, and later unsuccessfully fought his conviction.

His wide stance has cost him a fortune -- hundreds of thousands of dollars -- in legal bills. Craig was also admonished by the Senate ethics committee. And, because of his scandal, is retiring when his term expires in January 2009.

According to a Saints press release about its Larry Craig bobble foot day, "It doesn't matter if your tapping style is done with a 'wide stance.'"


Hat tip to Washington Post researcher Alice Crites
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By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 22, 2008; 4:55 PM ET
 
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