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  Larry Craig, Now a Verb in Pop-Culture Lexicon
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Last EditedArmyDem  Dec 05, 2007 07:58pm
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News DateThursday, December 6, 2007 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf they weren't already, sex scandal plagued Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho) are now officially part of the pop-culture mainstream lexicon. The Tuesday night episode of ABC's "Boston Legal" featured the show's leading character, played by William Shatner, getting busted in a men's room sex sting.

Shatner, who plays Denny Crane, winds up a defendant after undercover cops mistake his wide stance for the international symbol to solicit sex in a bathroom stall. Crane's best buddy and lawyer, played by James Spader, tells his client/friend that he's being "Larry Craig-ed." They decide to fight the charges in court (unlike Craig, who pleaded guilty in his real-life men's room sex sting.)

Spader gives an over-the-top impassioned soliloquy during his courtroom defense of Shatner, who, to put his character into proper perspective, actually plays a womanizer on the show. After rattling off a mile-long rap sheet on other fictitious (or not so) members of Congress that includes fraud, drug-relates arrests, DWI, spousal abuse and check kiting, Spader asks, "So is there something especially offensive about gay prostitution?"
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