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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:39 PM

Crapo poised for promotion after DUI

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/08/16417038-crapo-poised-for-promotion-after-dui?lite

Crapo poised for promotion after DUI
By Steve Benen
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Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:27 PM EST


There was a time, not too long ago, when a politician getting arrested for any reason was likely to cause trouble for his or her career. If an officeholder got taken into police custody for a DUI, that was considered a scandal. If that policymaker claimed not to drink alcohol and then got arrested for a DUI, it would be a story that's tough to live down.

But it appears standards and expectations have changed, and we live in a political era of unexpected tolerance. Just two weeks after Sen. Michael Cropo (R-Idaho) was busted on a DUI charge, and just days after he pleaded guilty in a Virginia court, he's poised to receive a promotion.

Sen. Mike Crapo is quickly trying to move past his drunken-driving scandal, announcing Tuesday he's expected to become the top Republican on the powerful Banking Committee and will serve as Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn's top deputy in the new Congress.

As Cornyn's chief deputy for the 113th Congress, Crapo will lead a team of senators as they whip votes and communicate messaging and strategy to their GOP colleagues.


I'm not criticizing the developments, necessarily, or suggesting he should be punished severely by his colleagues. In fact, as political controversies go, Crapo's transgression seems fairly minor, especially since he didn't hurt anyone. Stepping back, though, I find it hard not to marvel at the surprisingly libertine attitudes in the socially-conservative Republican Party.

It's possible, if not likely, that DUI arrests no longer carry the shock value that they once did, even when they involve a sitting U.S. senator. But it's nevertheless striking when a senator who claims to abstain from alcohol finds himself arrested, only to get a promotion two weeks later, facing no adverse political consequences at all for his misdeeds.

This would have been hard to predict in the not-too-distant past.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:42 PM

1. Crap-o.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:48 PM

3. +36,010

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:46 PM

2. Hell, if he had run over an abortion provider in his drunken stupor they would have made him ...

the fucking Minority Leader!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:50 PM

4. But...but...what about "the stress?"

...he's expected to become the top Republican on the powerful Banking Committee and will serve as Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn's top deputy in the new Congress.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/crapo-says-he-kept-alcohol-in-apartment-on

A couple more bottles of ol' Red State Bourbon in the DC apartment, Crapo?


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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:52 PM

5. Does one of the perks of the promotion include a driver?

Michael Crapo lost his driving privileges for a year.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:52 PM

6. IOKIYAR

Now, if he'd been a Democrat...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:20 PM

7. Another Moron Mormon on the Banking Committee,

Duh,Zions Bank Lobbyist's go to guy. What a rip.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:32 PM

8. I can't even begin to explain how dysfunctional most Mormon men are...

Crapo is typical of the "public me" vs "private me" bullshit psychosis fostered by the LDS church. His recent behavior is only the tip of the iceberg - believe you me. It does, however, fit nicely with the phony sanctimonious charade that is the modern teapublican party.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:05 PM

9. I couldn't believe this when I read it.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sen. Mike Crapo Friday pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was fined $250, had his drivers’ license suspended and sentenced to 180 days in jail, which was suspended.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/01/04/179021/idaho-senator-crapo-pleads-guilty.html#storylink=cpy

Heck you get fined $271 for driving solo in the Car Pool Lane in Northern Virginia and you haven't endangered anyone's life, like running a read life, and having a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. I can't understand for the life of me why this guy is deserving of such leniency.

For future references, I would recommend that anyone pulled over in Northern Virginia for any type of traffic violation, to ask for the Drunk Driving Discount.

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