Absurd reaction to Yoder story
The Kansas City Star
Memo to Kevin Yoder: Feel free to emerge from your defensive crouch and call off the crawl-on-your-belly apology tour. You went skinny-dipping. Big deal.
For those who’ve been in a cave the last few days, it emerged that on a trip to Israel last August, the young Republican congressman doffed his duds and took a dip in the Sea of Galilee. Horrors!
Yoder was duly scolded by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Kansas Democratic Chairwoman Joan Wagnon called on him to resign. To add an ominous note, the initial story said the FBI was looking into the trip, a report based on a Politico posting.
By then, Yoder was in full mea culpa mode. “The gravity of the situation and the actions I’ve taken are not lost on me,” he said, “and I feel, certainly, regret at what has occurred and I just want to apologize to my constituents for a momentary lapse in judgment.”
If you’d run across that quote shorn of context, you’d have thought maybe Yoder had accosted a waitress at a D.C. restaurant (behavior for which the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was known) or been caught with a pile of cash in his freezer, like that Democratic congressman a few years ago.
Some consider the Sea of Galilee sacred because it’s where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.
But it’s also a resort. As Jonathan Tobin wrote, “… it is a lake, not a church chalice. There are places on its shores where people pray but most of it is a vacation spot for Israelis and tourists. People boat there, fish its waters and swim in it everyday and I daresay the Kansan isn’t the first in the last 2,000 years to do so without a Speedo.”
Tuesday’s news found Yoder still apologizing, although we also learned that no, the FBI isn’t looking into any criminal wrongdoing based on the congressional trip.
Yoder’s no doubt grateful that all this broke on the same day as the Todd Akin vortex, which should help it slide more quickly down the memory hole.