Congressman Forgot Bathing Suit at Lake of Gennesaret

by Jonah Goldberg

Or if you prefer, you can call it the Sea of Galilee. From Politico:

The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff — and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.

During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed, while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who were participants in the trip.

I don’t have an axe to grind with Politico, but this is a really silly story, and I find it absolutely bizarre it’s getting the play it has (apparently the Today show opened with it). Skinny dipping? Did the culture suddenly turn comstockish on the practice?

If anything, the news should have been “FBI wastes tax dollars to investigate non-event.” I mean maybe I missing something, but as John Podhoretz says on Twitter: “Attention: The Sea of Galilee is a big lake, not a basin of holy water.” It’s not like a congressman washed himself in a holy water stoup at the Vatican.

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