Yoder’s swim got some year-end attention

When Politico rounded up the “10 craziest stories of 2012,” there was Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, and his Sea of Galilee skinny-dipping, alongside Clint Eastwood’s chair, Gen. David Petraeus’ sex scandal, the Secret Service’s prostitutes and Mitt Romney’s binders full of women. “Numerous GOP freshman lawmakers on a congressional trip reportedly were drinking and swimming at the holy site where Christians believe Jesus walked on water,” Politico recalled, noting the episode happened in summer 2011 but was only reported in 2012, and quoting another lawmaker as saying “when Congressman Yoder disrobed, that was inappropriate and it ceased the activity immediately.” In an editorial listing New Year’s “resolutions we’d like to see,” USA Today suggested that Yoder resolve to “always pack a bathing suit.”