Did Dan Savage’s marriage cause Mormon GOP Sen. Crapo’s DUI?

In this day and age, we really can’t be too certain what might cause a religious Republican who claims to not drink alcohol to drink. Surely the conservative Mormon Idaho Senator, Mike Crapo, never would have been boozing it up had gay marriage not been so victorious around the US this year, right?

After all, we’re still trying to figure out if Dan Savage’s marriage caused Track Palin’s divorce (Dan denies it, but those homersexuals are known to lie).  Who would put it past Dan, mischievous little anti-elf that he is, to use his homosexual wiles to entice a religious right Mormon Republican senator into sin?

Nationally around 10,000 people die each year on the road from drunk drivers. Crapo has apologized for being an idiot and driving under the influence but shouldn’t he be apologizing for being a typical conservative hypocrite? Then again, the GOP is the party that openly embraced Newt Gingrich and gave a round of applause for prostitute-loving David Vitter.

What part of the Book of Mormon says drinking until you are drunk is OK followed by driving? I’m admittedly not an expert so someone’s going to have to point out that part of the book.

“I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me,” he said. “I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter. I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”

Crapo (pronounced KRAY-poh) was released around 5 a.m. Sunday on an unsecured $1,000 bond. His court date is set for Jan. 4.

Crapo has served in the Senate since 1998, where he has built a reputation as a staunch social and fiscal conservative. He is currently in his third term and won’t have to run again until 2016.

Larry Craig, meet Avenue Q

Everyone knows Congress has perks and benefits well above most voters. How many of us would have problems with their employment if they were busted for DUI? How is it that the congressional lifestyle is so protected? It’s doubtful that the hypocrite Crapo will resign considering Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig‘s history. What’s up with Idaho being so obsessed with voting for GOP hypocrites?

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  • MikeW_CA

    Don’t need the pronouncer, thanks. I’ll say his name as seems fit.

  • disqus_uErxGw6a5W

    This man has been placed on the Alter to take the place of our previous closeted gay leader – wait for it – Ted Haggard and wait for it – Harriet Myers.

  • Your Lord and Savior

    You are correct…marriage, in and of itself, is not a right, but it is a contract in the eyes of the law. And any two persons, regardless of their gender preferences, can form a contract.

    (And what is a contract, you ask? It is a publicly witnessed agreement that identifies the parties to the contract, itemizes what party #1 will do, what party #2 will do in return, and when the agreement starts and expires?)

    How do I know marriage is a contract? Because it meets the legal definition, and it takes the power of the government to sever the agreement (aka: divorce), just like breaking any commercial contract.

    Two gay people can form a commercial partnership or corporation (corporations are people, my friend), they can jointly enter a mortgage agreement to purchase property, they can jointly purchase property…but don’t let them get married.

    Oh, and don’t forget to keep them from adopting children, because, who knows…they might start acting like good, hetero, republican preachers, youth ministers, sports coaches, or scout leaders and start molesting them.

    Mr (or is it Ms?) Bear, you are a mental midget. Go study your Bronze Age scripture about your imaginary friend, Jayzus-ah, to find out what he said about gay rights. Here’s what you’ll find…(crickets, crickets). Then turn on Faux Newz to see what they have to add to the discussion.


  • steve666

    Here’s the full story. Crappo didn’t leave earlier to spend the holiday with his wife and family, because he was planning on filing for divorce. Instead, he spent some “quality time” with his gay lover in DC. They even talked about getting married. Somewhere during the process, Crappo slammed down a half bottle of Stoli 100. He’s a mean drunk. When Crappo started getting boisterous and abusive, boyfriend told him to leave. Crappo refused, and boyfriend and threatened to dial “911.” Crappo left, but only after shaking the building by slamming the front door and then standing outside yelling “faggot” until he woke up the neighbors. Crappo poured himself into his SUV, somehow managed to start the engine, and knocked over a couple of garbage cans before squealing his wheels and racing away. He was on the way to his favorite all night gay bar when he ran a red light. The rest, as they say is history. This account of Crappo’s evening may not be factually accurate, but that’s OK because it’s “lying for the lord.”

  • Butch1

    Many thanks!

  • colleen2

    You were aware that that incident occurred before many people reading this were even born? Perhaps Chappaquiddick some sort of magic word that allows Republicans escape from any personal responsibility at all.

  • Hooray! Congratulations.

  • Butch1

    Thanks. We were finally, married Saturday. ( after almost thirty-two years of waiting for this moment, I think the time has come for us all! ) Now, if we can just get the Federal “Neanderthal’s” to thaw in the Congress or on the Supreme Court and agree. )

  • Likewise to you and yours. Cheers!

  • Butch1

    Agree and you make a good point as well.

  • Butch1

    You bet!
    Happy Holidays to you and your spouse.

  • lol — thanks, Butch.

  • Naja pallida

    While I agree, our justice system hasn’t been about justice for over a generation. It’s about who can hire the best argument, or who can afford to delay the proceedings in red tape as long as possible, but I watch my local police reports pretty regularly, and I’ve seen more than one person in my local area on their 15th+ DUI offense. Nobody rich or famous, just local people. We simply don’t take the issue of driving under the influence seriously. For as much as we spend on “drink responsibly” campaigns, and trying to police it. And I’m glad I make a point of stocking up weeks before holidays and such, so I don’t have to be out on the road with most of these people.

  • Butch1

    If it isn’t a civil right then SCOTUS is on the “slippery-slope.” They will have just put straight marriages in that category along with ours and that would mean those could be taken away as well. Is that something they would want and do they think it could ever happen as to temporary prove a point in the Congress? ( I doubt it as well, but, for argument’s sake, they could be putting their own marriages in jeopardy. ;-)

  • Butch1

    They had better like this ruling. ;-)

  • Butch1

    I should have read your response before I commented to his uninformed statement. You actually gave a case to back it up. ;-)

  • Butch1

    You do NOT have a clue of what you speak. Do some research before just speaking from opinion when you come to this site.

  • Butch1

    They treat DUI’s much harder on the middle-class and poorer among us than they do the rich who can afford a very good lawyer who can get them off with the least amount of sentence. It’s amazing what money can buy. When a person has a pro bono lawyer representing the person charged, the out come is many times less favorable and more expensive for the person charged.

  • ericxdc

    Ah – the bagger’s true colors always shine through, don’t they!

  • Butch1

    You must be a closeted Mormon.

  • Butch1

    I remember the old adage:
    ” Accidents just don’t happen; they’re caused.”

  • Butch1

    “That Toe-Tappin’ Fool” Mr. Wide-Stance” himself.

  • Butch1

    His “mistake” was that he was caught and that he was a Mormon drinking in the first place. ;-)

  • ericxdc

    what’s your obsession on Senator Kennedy, please? You know as well as I that we can spend the rest of the afternoon layout out both Democratic and Republican (and, probably a few independents, too) who have done bad thing (“hiking the Appalachian trail,” anyone?).

    Are you really pulling out the “LOOK THEY DID SOMETHING, TOO…” card to shut down discussion of what really is a noteworthy story of a self-proclaimed family values, greater-than-thou, you-shall-live-by-my-rules (even though I don’t have to) Republican in the news?

    Oh, and by the way, please don’t worry too much. Senator Kennedy and Chappaquiddick wasn’t really swept under the rug either.

  • Butch1

    Correct. Being an hypocrite is a saving grace for a republican.

  • Butch1

    I thought Mormons didn’t drink; I guess Washington DC brings out the worst in them. ;-)
    Their hypocrisy also speaks volumes when they can literally spend millions towards hate organizations that try and many times, succeed in keeping gays from achieving their equal rights in this country. This is definitely an example of religion and religious people overstepping their rights to infringe on the rights of a minority class of people just because they think it is within their right as a religion or “religious” people to believe in a certain set of teachings that discriminate against us whether we believe in those religions or not. The separation of church and state is vital to maintain a balance in this country where ALL people can live in peace and not be governed by religious factions and their rules and regulations. So far, it hasn’t happened because these people continue to be elected to our government and make laws based upon their religious belief systems. Even in this day and age atheists are scorned and looked upon as traitors in this country. This is of course, ridiculous and these people are actually scared of people who are comfortable and intelligent in not having to believe in the “hocus-pocus” of ignorant charlatans that make their living mooching off the money that hard working people make who are duped into tithing it away in the belief that if they are “good little boys and girls and listen to these charlatans, they will make it to that invisible place in the sky where the streets are paved in gold and there are feasts served every day and that they will be greeted at the Pearly Gates by their loved ones.” How could anyone pass up such a deal? If you are an hard sell, there is always the scare tactic of Hellfire and Damned-nation where you get to meet the Devil and all his minions of helpers that will torture you for eternity. How’s that to get you on board?

    No one should have to be forced to follow any of these religious laws put in place by our government because these churches forced second-class citizen-ship on citizens of this country. Churches meddling during elections should lose their exempt tax status.. ( e.g. Catholic Church is a prime example of this with their Bishops and Cardinals frothing at the mouth telling their priests what to preach to their flock during this time. ) In Maine the first time marriage was proposed, they were instrumental in bringing it down and in Washington, the local “Bishop of Hate” was there for his weigh-in at the council to preach his idiocy in monosyllabic tones. The ex-football player hasn’t grown intellectually ever since playing ball and who knows, may be suffering from early-dementia or Alzheimer’s. It always sounds like it when he pontificates. He just thinks that spouting bible verses should do it. . . .sigh . . . Glad we won with the help of many wonderful straight people this time around! The country is changing and these bigots are falling to the wayside where they belong.

  • Magginkat

    @AmeriBlog – You say his name is pronounced Kray-po. I say it is Crap o just the way it’s spelled! LOL.

  • Never take one Mormon fishing! Why? If the Mormon has no other Mormons nearby to see him sin, he’ll drink all your beer.

  • Jim Holmes

    Appears that Crap-o is a closet Wine-o.

  • DesertSun59

    Luckily, many of those like him were prevented from being in office, because of the Nov. election. Still, there are quite a few remaining still running the show.

  • UncleBucky

    Well, Dan Savage got married before Crapo got loaded…. Seems a closed case to me of “cause and effect gay magic making Mormons drink themselves under the table.” Wow. Man oh man… Hah.

  • PeteWa

    two words: Laura Bush.

  • Tor

    Drunk driving? It’s just something that happened to him.

  • Tor


  • Guest

    That’s Crapay.

  • Tor

    Woohoo! Bear-fight! Git me my jug, Ma.

  • Tor

    Just two words: Bishop Cordileone.

  • Tor

    The booze store in my mother’s small town is Mormon-owned.

  • Tor

    They are called jack-Mormons where I come from.

  • Naja pallida

    It’s kind of strange that they’re not supposed to consume it, but they can make a fortune off peddling it to others, no problem there.

  • Naja pallida

    What you do in the woods is no business of mine. :)

  • Considered intelligent? By whom?

  • I like the way you think!

  • That’s Bouquet!

  • Re slaves: also, slaves weren’t considered completely “human” (which is the same thinking Rethugs are trying to apply to gays)…

  • Doesn’t matter — this SCOTUS has stated that past rulings only count if this group likes the ruling…

  • Just because Chappaquiddick doesn’t mean I have to…

  • Being disgraced is NOT mandatory to run for office as a Republican — but it certainly seems to guarantee a win…

  • Next he’ll start off on the right to arm bears (which I’m against, by the way, since it’ll just make us more human)…

  • Especially…

  • Takinga wide stance on Mr. booze, no doubt.

  • Does your Mamma know your banging the internets?

  • Even bears who shit in the woods? :)

  • “It’s funny how you can be an immoral pig” —And you are an expert.

  • One word: Troll

  • Hey Squid, byte this!

  • FLL

    Throughout the twentieth century, the Supreme Court recognized marriage to be such a basic civil right that even prisoners have this right. Of course, before the Civil War, marriage was not a civil right for slaves because even a man and woman raising children could be separated by virtue of one partner being sold to another plantation in another county or state. Put your white hood on and jump into that time machine of yours. The twenty-first century will be well rid of you.

  • Naja pallida

    That ruling didn’t even occur to me. Bad Liberal!

  • Ninong

    Mon Dieu! How could that be? Mormons don’t drink alcohol. Sen. Crapo himself has said that he “abstains from alcohol.” Someone must have slipped some rum into his eggnog. Maybe it was his pal, Larry “Still-Not-Gay” Craig? LOL

  • Maybe the Republicans can get Mark Fuhrman to replace him in the Senate!

  • Hey, nice straw man and false equivalence attempts there, but the denizens of this blog are, on average, far too educated to fall for that kind of specious BS.

  • You might want to read the Supreme Court case from 1967, Loving v. Virginia, in which they clearly and unambiguously ruled that civil marriage was indeed a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and based upon the right of freedom of association and equal protection under the law.

  • That’s a non-sequitur. Besides, we liberated women choose our own lovers.

  • Sweetie

    Mormons aren’t allowed to consume alcohol, caffeine, or theobromine (cocoa). That means even the coffee after getting hammered is out.

  • olandp

    And they liked it! Now that is a liberated woman.

  • cole3244

    he’s a 1% so he will be protected, 99% not so much.

  • olandp

    “What’s up with Idaho being so obsessed with voting for GOP hypocrites?”

    Is there any other type of Republican? Perhaps there once was, but I doubt that an non-hypocrite exists in the party that has never found a lie too outrageous to tell. Party of Lincoln my ass.

  • bytebear

    And that justifies his actions? Clinton certainly claimed to be for womens’ rights, but that didn’t stop him from banging every chick he could find.

  • Naja pallida

    Marriage specifically may not be a civil right, but the right to not be discriminated against is. As soon as you afford one part of society to one group of people, but not another, that falls into discrimination. Regardless of what that part is.

  • Ted Kennedy never lyingly claimed to be a tee-totaler.

  • Naja pallida

    Equating adultery with being a rapist is a stretch. Even Lewinsky admitted their affair was consensual, and what two people do behind closed doors is nobody else’s business. If a spouse commits adultery that’s also a problem between two adults capable of addressing their own issues, that has nothing at all to do with the rest of the country. Yours or my moral views shouldn’t even factor into it. Even if he is the President. Of course, Clinton also never touted his lack of adultery as one of his virtues for being a politician before doing it. Plus, he didn’t break the law until well into the witch hunt, which should never have taken place, put him under oath. Even Ken Starr now regrets the way the situation was handled.

    As for Ted Kennedy, a situation that was ruled an accident by a court of law – a court in which he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene, and accepted the consequences. Do you have some new evidence to the contrary that you would like to share? The fact that he was not more severely punished is more a symptom of our ridiculous celebrity culture than anything else. But I don’t recall him ever running on a platform, or being part of a religion, that claims to never have car accidents.

    Maybe you should look up the words bigot and hypocrite in a dictionary.

  • Stev84

    No. It would be like seeing a unicorn

  • Naja pallida

    Not to mention, if you read his biography and other things his biographer has stated on the matter, it paints a pretty different picture of that night than the image of a drunken, lecherous Kennedy driving off a bridge and then immediately fleeing the scene, that the press drummed up. Interviewers and witnesses said he was confused and disorientated well after the actual accident, suggesting that maybe he even had a head injury. And he returned to the party for help, so several other people knew what had happened not long after and they didn’t report it either. I also do not believe whether he was actually over the legal alcohol limit to drive was established either. Either way, his career and reputation took a pretty significant hit, despite it being ruled an accident, and because of it he probably lost the chance to be Vice President and maybe even President. It is unlikely that Crapo will even be punished by his own church for publicly shaming himself, much less face any consequences from the Republican party or electorate. Of course, DUIs are treated like a joke in this country. Which is a whole different problem.

  • DrDignity

    For many, Dan Savage is a convenient devil. He should play it comically like Flip Wilson’s “the Devil made me do it!” character. Hilarious like that other wide-stanced Senator!

  • bytebear

    Bigoted? yes. Why? Because when a liberal crashes into a lake and kills a woman or when a president jizzes on an intern’s dress it’s ok because he is on our side. he can be a filthy nasty pig, totally misogynistic womanizing rapist pig, but hey, it’s ok. he’s for abortion rights and equal pay for women. Yeah, that’s hypocrisy.

  • Naja pallida

    Bigoted? Someone who touts his own moralism as superior to others is caught being a pathetic hypocrite while breaking the law. Nothing bigoted about that. Just reality. Or is it the pointing out that someone is a hypocrite that you feel is somehow intolerant? Sorry for being intolerant of your intolerance.

  • bytebear

    Marriage is not a civil right. Cohabitation may be, but not marriage. If anything it’s a recognition of various legal rights, but in and of itself it is not. And even then, the various privileges of marriage are determined by employers (including the government). But of course none of that has to do with this asinine article. It’s funny how you can be an immoral pig but if you favor gay marriage, it’s irrelevant. You are the height of hypocrisy.

  • Naja pallida

    It does derive from Crapeaux, and further back to Crépeau, from the Lorraine region of France. There’s even a spelling variation of Crépey, which in itself est à propos.

  • AdmNaismith

    Doing something personally dangerous while putting everyone around you in mortal danger (and religiously denouncing everyone else who does what you hypocritically do) (and expecting the world at large to bail you out when things go badly) is the very height of Conservative Values. Crapo (pronounced CRAP-o) is the GOP writ personal, a conservative lesson all ties in a neat holiday bow.

  • nicho

    Now, if only Teddy has been a moralistic hypocrite trying to take people’s civil rights away. Then, your snark might have a shred of credibility.

  • nicho

    What a ridiculously stupid comment. How sad that you could be considered intelligent.

  • bytebear

    One word: Chappaquiddick.

  • bytebear

    What a ridiculously bigoted piece. How sad that you could possibly be considered a journalist.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    Isn’t the definition of “social conservative” “hypocrite”? Has anyone ever actually seen one that lives up to the ideals they try to shove down everyone else’s throat?

  • There’s two ‘mistakes’ for which Crapo needs to make restitution and stop doing them. The first is not to drive while drunk. And the other is to stop lying about being a tee-totaler.

    Well, okay, I guess the third is to stop being such a stereotypical Tea-Bagger hypocrite GOPer who cares more about inflexible, destructive anti-patriotic ideologies and get on with doing the job for which he was elected — to help run the country for all Americans and not just the far-right conservatives and the plutocratic bastard class.

  • With a name like Crapo….I’d drink too. Any relation to Hyacinth Bucket, by any chance?

  • samiinh

    Crapo was only following the logic of the NRA who says the solution to the gun problem to put more guns out there, thus, the solution to the problem of drunk driving is to have more drunk drivers on the highway. He was just doing his job as a good NRA supporter would do.

  • Guest

    made a mistake? driving drunk is a crime and it’s intentional, regardless of being impaired. a mistake is something you do by accident.

  • made a mistake? driving while drunk is a crime and it’s intentional (regardless of being impaired). mistakes are things you do by accident.

  • Lucky for Crapo that he is not a Democrat. He won’t have to worry about being shamed out of office.

  • BlueIdaho

    I live In Boise and the news here is downplaying Crap-O’s lack of judgement. In this state the Republicans can do no wrong even if you are a drunk Mormon caught red-handed.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Being a hypocrite is mandatory in order to even be a Republican, being completely disgraced is mandatory to run for office as a Republican.

  • Hue-Man

    Is it possible his name started out in French as “crapaud”? If so, it seems quite suitable; they are not my favorite type of amphibians. Here’s a link to one of the nastiest members of the family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_toads_in_Australia

  • Oh, you left yourself open for that one… or they did. “What’s up with Idaho being so obsessed with voting for GOP hypocrites?” … What other GOP are there to vote for?

  • Houndentenor

    Hypocrites love other hypocrites. The mutually assured destruction keeps everyone on the DL with their vices. It’s why they fear people who refuse to lie about being gay or what have you. We threaten the fabric of their institutionalized hypocrisy.

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