The Congressional session drew to a contentious and partisan close last week, with Idaho Senator Larry Craig firmly in the national spotlight for joining only three other Republicans in opposing the extension of certain elements of the USA Patriot Act. At a time when the Bush administration is being singled out for treading on civil liberties worldwide, this may seem a brave and unusual stance by Idaho's arch-conservative Senator--and one which the president recently dubbed "inexcusable." But don't mistake Craig for Howard Dean just yet. Here's the senator's explanation for his stance, from an interview on Rush Limbaugh last week:
"We're going to try to get the Patriot Act reauthorized, maybe an extension of time so we can revisit three or four of these provisions that we think are right. Because, like I say, there will come a day when there will not be a George W. in the White House, and tragically enough, and I hope never, it could be a Hillary Clinton--and now who will be her attorney general, and what might he or she do to your liberties and mine? There's the question."