The bizarre thing about the whole case is that it WAS entrapment. Craig tapped his foot for crying out loud, hardly an action that threatens society. Another victim-less crime for the police to waste taxpayer money on while real crimes are being perpetrated. To make matters worse, this supposed "sting" operation, featuring cute trade as bait, happened at an airport of all places, a setting where surely more serious security issues abound. It's been depressing to watch talk show hosts demonize cruising and listen to pundits like Tucker Carlson brag about gay bashing someone who supposedly propositioned him in a DC bathroom.
Of course it's impossible to muster a shred of sympathy for Craig, a despicable and vile Benedict Arnold if ever there was one. His portrayal of gays as debased sex fiends has now proven successful in ways I'm sure he'd never imagined. The destruction of his career and exposure of his private life is a just reward for having spent decades making the private lives of gays and lesbians into campaign issues. And in true conservative fashion, the Republicans wasted no time in roasting one of their most loyal soldiers over a bed of hot coals -- Mitt Romney being the first to backstab, despite the aid his presidential campaign received from Craig. The hypocrisy at the center of Craig's tabloid crash-and-burn recalls Gingrich and Henry Hyde during the Clinton impeachment years, hiding mistresses in their past while excoriating a twice-elected president for lying about receiving a blowjob. The difference here is that Craig now bears a big "G" burned into his backside ... in GOP quarters the ultimate scarlet letter. Thus, Craig finds no defenders among his colleagues.
In the end closeted public figures may take away from this scandal the need to live their lives in a more authentic, honest way.