Politics

Charlie Crist's Apology for Taking David Byrne's Music

| by Reason Foundation

The former governor and forever-tanned man-about-Florida Charlie Crist pays a heavy price for using a mediocre Talking Heads song in his failed re-election campaign.

More at Gawker; link via Garrett Quinn.

I'm all in favor of humiliating politicians on YouTube and elsewhere, but can we save some ritual abuse for musicians who agree to be used by politicians? For instance, I nominate Melissa Etheridge, for her performance of "Give Peace a Chance" at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, a moment that will not soon unsear itself from my brain-plate:

Previously, on geez-rockers vs. Republicans:

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