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“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
– Mark Twain

CNN reports that Senator Larry Craig’s conviction was upheld. However, I think there may be reversible error on page 18 of the judge’s decision. The judge, in upholding the conviction, wrote the following:

“The Defendant, a career politician with a college education, is of, at least, above-average intelligence.”

Political commentators have known for years that members of the Congress, whether House or Senate, are not presumably of above-average intelligence. The judge may have made an assumption not in evidence that Senator Larry Craig was intelligent enough to sign and initial each admission, each waiver, and each sworn declaration.

I think counsel for the Senator can get at least another appeal out of that by stipulating that the Senator is not intelligent and therefore the Court’s reasoning was faulty on that point. After all, no less an American writer than Mark Twain has observed idiocy as a general feature of Senators and of Members of the House.

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