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Legacy media to make skinny dipping a campaign issue?!?!?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:18 pm - August 23, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

The ancient Greeks exercised in the nude.  A good number of those of us, including yours truly, while at summer camp, who went skinny dipping in isolated lakes or near hidden riverbanks in the upper Midwest and northern New England.  In cities across the country, there are (or used to be as late as the 1980s) male health clubs with swimming pools where members were not permitted to wear suits.

And, as I understand it, the YMCA used to offer swimming instruction in the nude.  And none of this was sexual.

So, I’m trying to figure out why people are making much of a Congressman going skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee.  He did this at night and there were no children present.  “One would think“, writes Allison Kaplan Sommer in the Israeli daily Haaretz,

. . . that the FBI would have enough on its plate, what with keeping an eye on both international terror groups plotting attacks and crazy homegrown terrorists who decide to shoot up movie theaters and college campuses.

But no – apparently, the U.S. intelligence had enough time on its hands to delve into the important national security threat posed by drunken congressmen [Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)] and their staffers frolicking in the Sea of Galilee late at night after a “long, hot day” of meetings and briefings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority on a trip that took place a year ago.

Such goings-on were also important enough, once leaked, to be thoroughly covered by the web site Politico, which broke the shocking story of the swim and the investigation. . . .

This seems to be an issue more on the minds of politicos and Yoder’s ideological adversaries than the Congressman’s constituents.   No constituents brought up Yoder’s Sea of Galilee swim during the town hall,” reports Hadas Gold at Politico, “although a handful of protesters outside held up signs offering swim trunks with some calling on Yoder to resign.”

The only identified protestor is a member of the left-wing outfit,

You know that our journalists really have scraped the bottom of the barrel when they dredge up a story about a Congresman’s skinny dipping.  Seems the Democrats — and their allies in the legacy media — are determined to use anything they can to bring down a Republican.  This shouldn’t even be a story.

Ain’t nothing wrong with skinny dipping just so long as you do it a private beach — or pool.



  1. Pics

    Comment by rusty — August 23, 2012 @ 6:14 pm - August 23, 2012

  2. There is an obvious movement to tar and feather with a broad brush. I suspect that the Obamanauts have been doing a lot of digging for any sort of dirt they can find on Republicans. These endless charges are welcome among the mindless and necessary for the MSM to ignore the facts of where Obama has steered our economy and our future.

    They can’t run on their record, so they will play to the Kardashian and Jersey Shore meatheads.

    Just remember that Jon Corzine, Eric Holder, Teddy Kennedy, Sheets Byrd, Barney Frank and Bill Clinton set the standard for acceptable Democrat behavior and any Republican who ever went skinny dipping is a reprobate, hypocrite and public menace.

    Comment by helioptrope — August 23, 2012 @ 6:14 pm - August 23, 2012

  3. At least nobody got killed on this swim, right Senator Kennedy?

    Comment by V the K — August 23, 2012 @ 7:01 pm - August 23, 2012

  4. So, the third district of Kansas finally gets a congressman known for something. I feel so much better (I voted for the guy).

    As dumb as it was, it’s my understanding that the only tax money wasted was on the FBI investigation.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — August 23, 2012 @ 7:05 pm - August 23, 2012

  5. “In February 2009, [Yoder] was cited by the Kansas Highway Patrol for speeding and refusing to take a breath test following an early-morning traffic stop on a state highway in the Lawrence area. He later pleaded guilty to refusing to take the test and paid a $90 fine.”


    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 23, 2012 @ 7:10 pm - August 23, 2012

  6. Yoder manscapes more than I do.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 23, 2012 @ 7:12 pm - August 23, 2012

  7. What would Esther Williams say?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 23, 2012 @ 7:14 pm - August 23, 2012

  8. You know, maybe I should care about this. Maybe. But I really don’t. So the man went skinny-dipping at night when no one but his group was thought to be around. Ok. Not exactly wise, perhaps along the lines of Prince Harry’s latest shenaningans. Yet I still find this to be so trivial at the moment with everything else going on that I really just can’t work myself up to care about it (or even what the Prince was doing). He’s been smacked around in the media and apologized. Good enough. Next “scandal”, please…

    Comment by JohnAGJ — August 23, 2012 @ 8:19 pm - August 23, 2012

  9. This is the kind of brouhaha that is so profoundly stupid, only a leftie could get excited about it. (You know… excited enough to comment thrice.) It’s sort of the leftie’s junior-high-school stereotype of what ‘should’ offend right-wing Christians… but generally doesn’t.

    You know, maybe I should care about [the skinny-dipping].

    WHY, on Earth or in Heaven…. ?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 23, 2012 @ 10:12 pm - August 23, 2012

  10. At least nobody got killed on this swim, right Senator Kennedy?

    Reminds me of the old bumper sticker: “I’d rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than driving with Ted Kennedy!”

    Comment by RSG — August 23, 2012 @ 11:05 pm - August 23, 2012

  11. Funny how a “Republican scandal” involves a few congressmen having a few drinks and going for a swim.

    But, Democrats can solicit sex from 17 year old boys (Minnesota, this week), cheat on their taxes (Rangel, Geithner), send taxpayer dollars to their cronies (Biden, Obama, and every Democrat in the Senate), and… oh yeah… run guns to Mexican drug gangs and then lie about to Congress (Obama, Holder)… and none of these are rated a scandal by the MFM.

    Comment by V the K — August 24, 2012 @ 6:07 am - August 24, 2012

  12. I dunno ILC, it is a bit stupid for a Congressman to be doing this so perhaps I should care but I really don’t. It’s not like he flashed some kids or went on a “Congressmen Gone Wild” rampage. Far too much else that is important right now to get even a little bit worked up about this. And hey, it’s not like he picked up a teenager at a rest stop for a few moments of selfish and disgusting gratification…

    Comment by JohnAGJ — August 24, 2012 @ 7:46 am - August 24, 2012


    I’m sure Michelle Backmann and T-Paw will pray the gay of that man’s soul away.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 24, 2012 @ 10:12 am - August 24, 2012

  14. And once again Cinesnatch leaps to the defense of a pervert and tries to attack Republicans for said pervert’s behavior.

    Just like with Snatchy’s reluctance to confront the Obama-approved Nation of Islam, right and wrong depend on party affiliation.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 24, 2012 @ 10:53 am - August 24, 2012

  15. I don’t know if he defended them exactly… but it is revealing, that he chose some wholly irrelevant Republicans (rather than, say, the perpetrator) for the exercise of his rapier-dull ‘wit’.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 24, 2012 @ 11:30 am - August 24, 2012

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