Wednesday's Sketchiest Moments
He's no longer a Republican, but he's not a Democrat, either. Now comes a report that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is putting himself in the position of . . . a Nazi?
Florida political writer Gary Fineout reported--in a tweet picked up by the astute Ben Smith of Politico --that Crist said Florida is at war with the BP oil spill and that there is a Normandy invasion coming to "our coasts."
Crist's remark on Tuesday prompted a New York magazine headline "Charlie Crist Compares Himself to Hitler." Wrote the magazine: "Just following the logic of this metaphor, if the oil is the Normandy invasion, then that makes Floridians the Nazis, and Crist, as governor, Adolf Hitler."
While Crist vows to scrub his beaches clean of the invading oil, he's also been doing some other scrubbing. He removed from his Senate campaign web site the page about his anti-abortion credentials. His Republican opponent, Marco Rubio, alerted a pro-life publication to the change and provided a screen grab of the missing pages.
It's not quite Monticello or Mt. Vernon, but for a mere $1,900 a month you can live in Barack Obama's old home, which is on the rental market.
The one bedroom apartment at 142 West 109th Street in New York, where the future president lived during his Columbia days, has not yet qualified for the National Register of Historic Places, but there's always the chance the new tenant will find beneath the floorboards a copy of Obama's birth certificate.
Those hoping to live in Mitt Romney's childhood residence will not have it quite so easy. The boyhood home of the past and (likely) future Republican presidential candidate was demolished as part of a plan in Detroit to knock down "dangerous and blighted houses." It's unclear whether the house's association with Romney is what caused Detroit to consider it dangerous.
Boor Blago. He didn't make a profit selling Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. He didn't make a fortune in the reality television business. And now, his lawyer told jurors as the former Illinois governor's trial opened, "he's broke." On the positive side, if Blago is convicted and imprisoned, he will not be charged for room and board
Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn) just landed a flying clothesline on Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd. The independent Lieberman, evidently still estranged from the Democratic Party in Connecticut, said "it's theoretically possible" he will support the Republican candidate in the race, former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon.
In other professional wrestling news, the feuding candidates in the Arizona Republican Senate primary, J.D. Hayworth and Sen. John McCain, called each other the worst name they could think of: "lobbyist." That's low, but not as low as Arizona state treasurer Dean Martin, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, who proposed creating tent cities for all of the illegal immigrants he's hoping will be rounded up under the state's new law.
| June 9, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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