Steve Kornacki has a smart piece over here explaining Larry Craig’s move to plead guilty to charges that he was soliciting sex in a men’s room.
By quietly copping his plea (and by doing so through the U.S. mail) he kept his secret safe for more than two months. Had he lawyered up and fought the charges, we would have known instantly. And it’s not like beating the rap would have done much for Mr. Craig’s reputation, given the chatter that has surrounded his sexuality – and men’s room habits – for years. It’s true that his guilty plea was probably bound to come out at some point – but, slim as it was, it was his only chance to keep the public in the dark.