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Politico coverage of naked GOP congressman makes me puke a little

I’m sure there are follow-ups, additional insights, and probably an infographic somewhere, but for now, I’m going to focus on this Exclusive story in Politico about Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee.

I read all 3 pages of this story and I’m struggling to figure out why I (or any moderately thoughtful person) should be outraged by this. Please, read the story and come back. I’ll wait.

Back? Cool. Morally outraged? Yes? Are you SURE you read the story and didn’t stop at the sight of GOP in the headline?

A bunch of adults, on a PRIVATELY funded trip, had some drinks and went swimming late at night. Mr. Yoder chose to swim in the buff. For some reason, the FBI decided to investigate this “incident.” That’s their call and not something I’m taking issue with at this time.

I do, however, take issue with hack party-line thinking and small-minded hypocrisy. Let’s go to the tape (er, um, the article):

In a Congress that has already sunk to new lows in public-opinion polls, and seen a bipartisan wave of scandals, this latest controversy could only further damage that image. Since the start of the 112th Congress, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned following the revelation that he was sending naked pictures of himself to women he met on the Internet. Former Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) quickly left office after he was caught sending a topless photo of himself to an online acquaintance. Former Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) stepped down after an “unwanted” sexual encounter with the daughter of a longtime friend. Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) resigned after having an extramarital affair with the wife of an aide and then trying to cover it up.

Sooooo skinny dipping is now on par with adultery and cock tweeting? When, exactly, did that happen?

I honestly don’t know the first thing about Mr. Yoder or his politics. But I did read  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (was not banned in my part of the USA, PTL). Seems to me that midwesterners have been swimming in the nude for over 100 years now.

Couldn’t find a good one of Huck swimming naked.

Far as I can tell, he saw a swimmin’ hole and, neglecting to pack his speedo, went birthday suit. No mention of him waving his peepee at the women in attendance. Not even a second-hand account of him pooping on the beach and demanding everybody look.

So what the hell, man? Look. I say I’m an independent, but we all know I tend to swing to the left when pressed. One of the main reasons for this is that I detest Puritanism. And in the past 20 or so years, the Republicans have seemingly owned the hearts of socially intolerant people from all walks of life.

But maybe times they are changing. Or maybe Politico just wasn’t patient enough to wait just one more day for a REAL reason to be outraged. And that’s kind of my whole point. When you stir up the morality tornado over, frankly, nothing, then you miss the chance to legitimately bury some actual asshole who doesn’t know what Rape is.

Like I said. Makes me want to puke a little.