Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder had hoped to put his embarrassing skinny-dipping episode in Israel behind him with an effective media blitz on area media outlets on Monday.
The tactic of getting out ahead of the scandal was working perfectly. It was textbook PR.
The media seemed to be willing to overlook the fact that he was exposing himself on official business in a foreign country representing the United States with foreign dignitaries and their families. Most were more-than-willing to forgive him for his actions.
Yoder was doing a superb public relations job of apologizing and getting the news media to look past his indiscretions in Israel last year.
In fact, most of the focus of the day had shifted from Yoder and focused on silly remarks by Missouri Senate candidate Tod Akin regarding “legitimate rape.” In the Kansas City media Yoder’s embarrassment was almost completely pushed aside in favor of attacks on Akin and assist long-time media favorite Claire McCaskill.
It was a great strategy for Yoder until David Letterman decided to list the “Top Ten Congressman Kevin Yoder Excuses” on his show Monday night. Letterman’s actions now have officially made the Yoder episode national news in the minds of the public. It will likely continue to be discussed for at least several more days.
Top Ten Congressman Kevin Yoder Excuses
10.”What’s the big deal, I was naked the whole trip”
9.”It was spring break; chill out”
8.”People in the Middle East are pretty easygoing about nudity”
7.”In my defense, I had been drinking heavily”
6.”Trying to take the focus off Mitt Romney’s taxes”
5.”It had been days since a congressman did something embarrassing”
4.”It’s Obama’s fault”
3.”Putting the ‘junk’ in ‘congressional junket’”
2.”I can’t swim naked, but Barney Frank can walk around like this?”
1.”That’s how we party in Kansas”