Politicians vs. Rock Stars, Chapter XIV

There is a long, tortured history of politicians using famous and even not-so-famous rock songs, sans permission, in campaign commercials, rallies, etc., and then getting called on it by the artist and having to stop. Usually, it's only mildly embarrassing for the politician. Sometimes, as in the case of Rand Paul and Rush, it is a heartbreaking rejection made worse by the callous sneering of dumb journalists. But I'm not aware of an embarrassment as great as that just suffered--on videotape--by former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who misappropriated the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" and then, to settle the subsequent lawsuit, had to tape and post this humiliating apology-cum-hostage-statement to YouTube. Politicians, let this be a lesson:


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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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