Larry Craig is a Hall of Famer! As a Cook?

Larry Craig will be honored by being inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. I’m sure nobody there wants to be caught in the restroom alone with him.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’m guessing there will be as much comment about this induction as there will be with the Barry Bonds Fall of Fame induction. Hey, maybe the Idaho Hall of Fame is about the size of a restroom stall. OK, I’ll go a bit easy on Idaho. The Idaho Hall of Fame is also inducting Dr. Robert Kustra, the Boise State President, and Governor Otter, among others. But I’m betting most of these guys wish Larry Craig wasn’t included. From magicvalley.com:

The nonprofit Idaho Hall of Fame Association picked Craig in March, months before the Republican senator pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a Minneapolis airport police officer accused him of soliciting sex in the men’s restroom.

“Larry Craig has made a great contribution to Idaho over the period of 20-some years. At the time it was considered, this other matter had not come up,” Wallace businessman and hall of fame board director Harry Magnuson told The Spokesman-Review. “Sen. Craig has made a great contribution. That’s what he was recognized (for), and you can’t undo that, I don’t think.”

But some Republicans say the honor is inappropriate now.

“They ought to change their minds, whoever they are,” North Idaho Pachyderm Club President Duane Rasmussen said. “Sen. Larry Craig is an embarrassment to all of Idaho, and he needs to resign from office.”

Craig announced on Thursday that he planned to serve out his term.

Kootenai County Republican precinct committeeman Phil Thompson said Idaho Hall of Fame officials should consider at least postponing the induction.

“Maybe in 10 or 15 years we can think of this hall of fame stuff. Now is not the time,” Thompson said. “It’s a sad day to be a Republican.”

But Idaho Hall of Fame board member Michael Ritz said it would be difficult to rescind the nomination.

“It’s like someone saying, –I voted for him. I wish I hadn’t,’” Ritz said. “It’s pretty difficult when someone’s been voted in and they’ve had acceptance letters and so on.”

Republicans seem bent on embarrassing themselves, no? Of course, Larry Craig, if he was any kind of loyal Republican, would bow out of this honor, and out of the Senate altogether. Which makes one wonder what kind of power hunger he’s got going that it could trump the kind of embarrassment he’s got to feel about his actions. I guess only a Republican would have that kind of thirst for power.

Wonkette does not suggest, but I will, that Larry is being honored not as a politician, nor for his wide stance. He’s being honored as a cook. And I’m stealing the entire recipe from Wonkette:

Super Tuber is a great snack that uses one of my favorite vegetables: The Idaho Potato. Of course, I suppose any type of potato could be used, but I cannot guarantee that a Super Tuber made with anything but a true Idaho potato would taste as good. Sincerely, Larry E. Craig, United States Senator
Ingredients
1 hot dog, cook’s choice
1 Idaho baking potato, 7 to 10 ounces
Mustard for dipping, any style
Other condiments as desired such as cheese sauce, sour cream, chili, chives, bacon pieces or black olives.

Wash and dry potato. Rub with shortening or butter. With an apple corer or small knife, core out the potato center (end to end). Push hot dog through the center. Bake until potato is cooked through.

To Microwave: Place on microwave safe plate; cover loosely (to avoid splatters). Microwave on high about 4 minutes per potato until fork tender.

To Bake in Conventional Oven: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for approximately one hour or until potato is fork tender.

To Barbecue: Wrap in aluminum foil and place above medium hot coals, turning at least once during cooking. Cook until potato is fork tender.

Serving Suggestions: Allow potato to cool slightly. Eat as a finger food, dipping in your favorite hot dog condiments (mustard is my favorite).

It was signed with Suzanne Craig’s name, and Wonkette’s got a great line about abusing a beard. But I’m thinking the best line has to be about potatos and hot dogs. Does one stuff it using a wide stance? And if this gets him to the Hall of Fame, can I get anywhere with my recipe for cocktail sauce. . . ?

Sunday, October 7th, 2007 by Steven Reynolds |

It is Time for Bill Richardson to Retire From the Presidential Race

Pete Domenici is resigning, and Bill Richardson would be a great man to replace him. Bill, it is time to make a decision.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Pete Domenici is retiring, the latest Republican culture of corruption casualty. It is time for Bill Richardson to retire from the Presidential nomination race in the Democratic Party and take Domenici’s seat. From Chris Cillizza’s blog on the Washington Post:

Veteran Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is expected to announce tomorrow that he will retire from the Senate in 2008, according to several informed sources, a decision that further complicates an already difficult playing field for Republicans next November.

Domenici has struggled with health problems over the last several years and has been dogged by questions about the role he may have played in the firing of U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in Albuquerque. As a result, he had been long been rumored as a potential retirement. Domenici’s Senate office did not return a call this afternoon, but sources close to the senator say he will fly home to New Mexico tomorrow to make the announcement that he is retiring.

Richardson is a good man, and would make a fine President, but he’s outgunned in that race. He’d also make a fine Senator, no doubt. I’d like to see Bill Richardson leave the primaries right now and put his hat in the ring for Senator. Bill Richardson, it is time to make a decision. Help us get a bigger majority in the Senate, willya?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 by Steven Reynolds |
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