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Opening Arguments

Happy feet

I am learning more than I want to know about men's restroom etiquette. The only rules I have known for sure are that there is no eye contact at the urinals, and there is no talking except for a brief exchange during the hand-washing process or a "How you doin'?" if you meet while one is going in and the other is leaving. Now I have to wonder about my stupid feet:

A foot-tapping ritual was a common thread in many of the 41 arrests reported during a four-month airport bathroom sting that snared Sen. Larry Craig.

An undercover officer would take a seat in a stall. Soon another man would sit in the stall next door and start tapping his foot, perhaps moving it closer to the officer's. The officer would move his foot up and down slowly. The suspect might then extend his hand under the divider between the stalls, sometimes repeatedly.

That would be enough to get the man busted.

Sen. Craig has been, um, tap-dancing around this issue with pretty lame excuses: It was a misunderstanding, I just wanted to get it over with, it was the media's fault, I wasn't gay the and I'm not now. I think he's missing the obvious defense: Restless Leg Syndrome!


A J Bogle
Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:33am

Too much information!

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 10:18am

Maybe Sen. Craig's defense should have been that he did have Restless Leg Syndrome and was suffering from a side-effect of the medication used to treat that illness -- one of which could be increased sexual urges or behaviors in certain people.

I'm wondering why Sen. Craig didn't get some sort of pre-trial diversion and have the charges dismissed after being good for a certain amount of time.

Bob G.
Thu, 08/30/2007 - 6:43pm

Well, there's foot-tapping, and then there's Gene Kelly-dancing-in-the-rain FOOT-TAPPING!

Depends on one's POV, I suppose.


(Senatorial safety tip: More than 3 shakes, & you're enjoying it)