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Many of the conservatives on this board are decrying this as a "nonissue". I suppose it's natural to try and make excuses but It's very much an issue and for more reasons than the "ewww" factor of envisioning Kevin Yoder nekkid.
This man runs on a "family values" platform that is anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-sex education and he's part of a contingent that wants to regulate sexuality, be it homosexual or heterosexual. Doing what he did may be small and inconsequential and in almost any other person I wouldn't care. But it points up the extreme disparity between his public face and his private one and illustrates a level of hypocrisy that comes close to breath taking.
Two, the intensity of the cover up and suppression the GOP did of this incident is also very telling. The reason it took an entire year for the story to come out was because it took the New York Times reporter that broke the story that long to prove it. You don't just accuse a member of Congress of skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee while drunk without having the documented facts to back it up.
This brings up the question; if they fought that hard to keep it quiet, what other incidents are there that actually are important that they are hiding? Do we really want to have to deal with this level of mistrust in our elected officials?
So is it an "issue"? You bet it is. It was a violation of trust and if that's what you want in an elected official; a level of "Do what I say and not what I do" that's huge in scope, then go for it and "baaaa" all the way to the slaughter house...err excuse me, the polls.

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camper 1 year, 7 months ago

My problem is that it makes US representatives look like glutonous and debaucherous Romans during their downfall. I got nothing against skinny dipping or drinking wine. But for gods sake don't do it while on a work related event when you represent your constituents.

On the other hand, I can probably understand why these Republicans are drinking so much. It is not easy on ones heart to be an obstructionist and willingly due harm to your country for the benefit of party. This did happen right when the debt ceiling crisis was ongoing.

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Glenn Reed 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm calling it a non-issue, and I'm hardly conservative...

Then again, I'm usually taking the position that nudity is a non-issue. I usually take the position that "holy places" or "holy objects" is a non-issue. Sex acts where everyone consents is a non-issue...

Cait, it's a non-issue, because if Yoder quit/got voted out/hit by a meteorite he'd just get replaced by another anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-sex ed, anti-science nut. Maybe someone worse than he is.

All that can be taken from this event is that hypocrisy and coverups are unofficial (but quite real) planks in the GOP platform.

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