Will Craig Resign Today?
A GOP source with knowledge of the situation told CNN's Dana Bash that the Republican National Committee was poised to take the extraordinary step of calling on Craig to resign.
However, that move was put on hold, the source said, because top party leaders have received indications that Craig himself is preparing to step down. Sources have confirmed that high-level meetings on the matter were being conducted in Idaho on Thursday.
Craig has been under pressure to quit since news surfaced this week that he was arrested in June at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and later pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
Just what he could be negotiating at this point, we can only speculate. He may wish the Ethics investigation dropped so that he won't lose his pension - an option open to the Committee if it chooses to take the matter before the full House. Or perhaps there is some other shred of respect he wishes to hang on to.
At this point, only his quick and merciful exit from the political scene will give the party and his constituents relief from this total embarrassment.