Tuesday's sketchiest moments
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? For J.D. Hayworth, apparently it was not. The former congressman, challenging John McCain for the Republican Senate nomination in Arizona, gave voters in Phoenix an unusual history lesson last week when he told them that "the war that Dwight Eisenhower led in Europe against the Third Reich was never declared by the United States Congress." For the record, that war resolution was passed on Dec. 11, 1941.
Hayworth isn't the only one having fun with history. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) described Republicans with a term that hasn't had much circulation since World War I. He declared that opposition to President Obama has become so intense that it "is almost at the level of sedition." Happily, the Sedition Act was repealed in 1921, 20 years before the United States did or did not declare war on Germany.
Speaking of crimes against the state, Nevada election officials have determined that people dressed as chickens will not be allowed within 100 feet of polling places. This unusual ordinance came about after Republican Sue Lowden, hoping to challenge Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in November, suggested that people could barter for medical treatment using chickens. Democrats -- and some of Lowden's GOP opponents -- have mocked her by dressing in fowl attire.
Nobody will accuse Mark Souder of being chicken, however. The now-former Republican congressman ruffled many a feather when he resigned last week after admitting an affair with a staffer who filmed an abstinence video with him. He has now given the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette some choice details, including the fact that the lovers were caught six months ago in a parked car in a Whitely County nature preserve by an officer with the Department of Natural Resources. The love birds quickly flew the coop.
The talking heads have long counted out Charlie Crist. Now the Talking Heads are suing him. Or at least David Byrne is. The singer wants $1 million from Crist for using the song "Road to Nowhere" at campaign events earlier this year. It remains unclear whether Crist will fight Byrne in court or run run run run run run run away.
MSNBC, meanwhile, should be thankful that Sarah Palin isn't the type to engage in frivolous lawsuits. While anchor Contessa Brewer was interviewing "Access Hollywood's" Tony Potts about the Lindsay Lohan court hearing, the network briefly switched from images of the substance-abusing actress to an image of the former Alaska governor addressing a rally. To avoid being confused for Palin in the future, Lohan will wear a SCRAM bracelet, or an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.
Staff writers Rachel Weiner and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.
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