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Be amused as Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) praises Mitt Romney on a variety of fronts, including -- at about 1:09 -- as a person who "first and foremost has very strong family values":



Laugher aside, it's also pretty sad. It seems likely, based on Mitt Romney's record of attacking Ted Kennedy as insufficiently pro-gay back in 1994 and running as a cultural moderate in 2002, that he knows on some level that there's nothing wrong with being gay and nothing right about persecuting people for being gay. And yet, in order to try to secure the Republican presidential nomination, he's been willing to come around on this and embrace the farce of conservative anti-gay politics, the very mass movement that's kept Craig in the closet and reduced to the sort of humiliating spectacle that it now appears will be his downfall.

Meanwhile, as best I can tell Craig didn't actually do anything wrong in Minneapolis (see Garance Franke-Ruta for more on this) and even if the cops did manage to enmesh him in some technical legal violation it's beyond my comprehension that they would consider this a reasonable use of police resources. But Craig is so invested in denial about who he is that he won't defend himself.

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