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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 Happily, the Sedition Act was repealed in 1921, 20 years before the United States did or did not declare war on Germany.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.

By Dana Milbank  | May 25, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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Comments

Here in Arizona we don't care if any of McCain's challengers know anything about history. We just don't want John McCain, he became an embarrassment to us. We're tired of McCain's lies.

Posted by: budsan1 | May 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, not Germany. Looks like the politicians aren't the only ones who need a history lesson.

Posted by: Hugh_Jass1 | May 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Chickens for checkups has it's own Talking Heads parody song now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLT9izKrpyc

Posted by: landrycarl8 | May 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

He was referring to the movie "Animal House" with the Germany bombed Pearl Harbor comment.

Posted by: wem2 | May 25, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

>>Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, not Germany. Looks like the politicians aren't the only ones who need a history lesson.

Posted by: Hugh_Jass1 | May 25, 2010 1:07 PM

Hugh_Jass1 might want to look into a little something called a "joke." It's from "Animal House." You could look it up.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | May 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

HITLER DECLARED WAR ON THE USA,HE HAD TO BACK THE AXIS POWER JAPAN,THE FURTHEST THING ON HIS MIND WAS TO GO TO WAR WITH AMERICA.I DON`T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS AMERICAN HISTORY HAS TO BE PUT BACK IN THE CLASS ROOM.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Animal House--re: the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: veilleuse | May 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

SISSD1 is absolutely correct. Germany declared war on the US after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was hoping the Japanese would return the favor, declare war on Russia, and keep Soviet troops in Siberia.

Given America's isolationist stance and the large number of German-Americans, it is not clear that FDR could have gotten Congress to declare war on Germany if it had not declared war in us first.

Posted by: pmendez | May 25, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Gee. And all this time I thought Hitler declared war on us! Before that, he was merely torpedoing some of our merchant ships.

Posted by: sameolddoc | May 25, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

At least John McCain knows a thing or two about WWII history. After all his father & grandfather fought the Germans in the Pacific during that war. ;-)

Posted by: cyberfool | May 25, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Hell No !"They replied .

Posted by: jmsbh | May 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"HITLER DECLARED WAR ON THE USA,HE HAD TO BACK THE AXIS POWER JAPAN,THE FURTHEST THING ON HIS MIND WAS TO GO TO WAR WITH AMERICA.I DON`T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS AMERICAN HISTORY HAS TO BE PUT BACK IN THE CLASS ROOM.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 25, 2010 1:30 PM"

Especially in the "Republic" of Texas, where they try to rewrite American history all the time!

Posted by: flwood2341 | May 25, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hayworth would do well to spend more time reading a high school history book, and less trying to speak and look like his hero, R. Limbaugh. Of course, maybe they were twin separated at birth.

Posted by: BBear1 | May 25, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Hayworth involved in the revamping of the Texas school books to be more relevant?

Posted by: JOHN314 | May 25, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Here in AZ we DO CARE about our government and we DO CARE if our members who serve in Congress are intelligent. JD has nothing to show for his unintelligent comment other then the history which says he was the dumbest member in Congress. While the pieces all fall into place for the voters in AZ, watch JD self implode!

Posted by: antidonkey | May 27, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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