Video: Blumenthal’s “outrageous distortion”; Update: Staying in

posted at 8:48 am on May 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As Allahpundit noted, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has decided to declare himself outraged over the New York Times report that accuses him of falsely claiming on a number of occasions that he served in Vietnam.  He told the Huffington Post that the story is an “outrageous distortion,” and that Blumenthal had “always tried to make it clear that his Marine Reserve service never took him overseas.”  Try squaring that for a moment with this March 2008 video, in which Blumenthal laments the treatment of returning soldiers from that war:

In fact, we are failing many of our veterans again.  We are failing them just as we did after the Vietnam War, just as we did our World War II and Korean [sic] veterans.  This nation has a way of sending young men and women to war, and then forgetting them when they come home.  And that is unforgivable.  And I know Congressmen like Chris Shays are working hard to change that situation.   We have learned something very important since the days I served in Vietnam, and you exemplify it.  Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it, Afghanistan or Iraq, we owe our military men and women unconditional support.

Not only does that show Blumenthal’s response to be pure bunk, it’s actually worse than it seems at first.  Not only was Blumenthal taking credit for serving in Vietnam falsely, he was framing it in a way to make himself part of the victim class.  Blumenthal’s argument in this passage was to remind everyone that America treated its returning veterans from Vietnam badly (and then oddly included WWII and Korean War vets) — and that he himself was part of that group.

It’s not the first time he’s done that, either, as the Times’ Raymond Hernandez reported yesterday:

But an examination of his remarks at the ceremonies shows that he does not volunteer that his service never took him overseas. And he describes the hostile reaction directed at veterans coming back from Vietnam, intimating that he was among them.

In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas. “When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Let us do better by this generation of men and women.”

At a 2008 ceremony in front of the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton, he praised the audience for paying tribute to troops fighting abroad, noting that America had not always done so.

“I served during the Vietnam era,” he said. “I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse.”

It’s one kind of dishonest to burnish one’s military record with claims of battles never fought.  Falsely claiming victimhood as a consequence of those lies is something else entirely, and much more creepy than the former.   Blumenthal plans on appearing later today with veterans supporting his campaign.  I’d guess that to be a rapidly-declining group, especially as this video and other reports make the rounds.

One question remains: how did Blumenthal’s record get out?  Republican contender for the nomination Linda McMahon claimed last night to have discovered Blumenthal’s lies:

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s campaign for the United States Senate has been holed below the waterline by a devastating New York Times expose of Blumenthal’s false claims to have served in Vietnam.  The piece, fed to the paper by the Linda McMahon Senate campaign, is accompanied by a chilling 2008 video of Blumenthal blithely making the false claim.  The “brilliant” Blumenthal provides a stunningly inadequate response, with the universal weasel word “misspoken” appearing in the piece.  It’s followed by a non-sequitur quote: “’My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam,’ he said.”

Somewhere, Tim Russert is smirking.  In 1981, Russert was working for New York Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was facing a challenge from rising freshman Republican Congressman Bruce Caputo.  Caputo had made claims of army service during the Vietnam War that were nearly as false as Blumenthal’s.  He was forced to withdraw from the race with dispatch.

The Blumenthal Bombshell comes at the end of more than 2 months of deep, persistent research by Republican Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign.  It gave the explosive Norwalk video recording to The Times.  This is what comes of  $16 million, a crack opposition research operation and an opponent who, in the words of the president Blumenthal worked for on a draft deferment, who gave them the sword.

Panicked Connecticut Democrats will crash cellphone networks between tonight and Friday trying to decide if they can jettison Blumenthal and have a chance to hold the Democratic seat in November.

The Times may get some questions over this claim.  Did they take a story fed to them by a campaign, or did they independently discover Blumenthal’s fabrications?  Did they use McMahon’s tip and conduct their own investigation?  Or did McMahon’s campaign actually find this themselves, as they claim?  Ironically, the damage done to Blumenthal makes Rob Simmons — a highly decorated actual Vietnam veteran — the biggest beneficiary of this bombshell.  It will highlight his military service and make him all the more desirable in the aftermath of the scandal.

The Democrats have a very short period of time to find a new candidate, if Blumenthal does the expected and retires from politics.  Looking at the calendar, it appears that Democrats only have until May 25th — a week from now — to formally endorse their candidate for Senate, and June 8th to certify the nomination.  The problem for Democrats is that they don’t have any other statewide constitutional officeholders that can quickly fill Blumenthal’s shoes.  The highest-profile Democratic officeholders in Connecticut are in Congress, and those aren’t exactly riding a wave of popularity.  If Democrats try to run a sitting House member in this election cycle, they can kiss the seat goodbye.

This means that a GOP takeover of the Senate suddenly becomes possible again, if still unlikely.  It’s the tenth Democratic seat that becomes legitimately in play.  If Democrats can’t find a candidate in the next few hours, they may wind up losing both chambers of Congress.

Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, Blumenthal’s staying in (via National Review’s Greg Pollowitz and Allahpundit).  That’s as of 9:15 am ET.  I doubt that will last, however.  Blumenthal won’t have a prayer of winning a statewide election after lying about war service, not even in a liberal state like Connecticut.  The Democrats will push him out of the race unless he comes up with a really good cover story for his serial lies about his war record.  I don’t think PTSD will work, either.


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Democrats, lie, cheat and steal. Don’t we have enough evidence on that to fill a library?

tarpon on May 18, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Let me be clear…..

txag92 on May 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Leftists lie the way that human beings breathe – it’s part of their raison d’etre.

honsy on May 18, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Ironically, the damage done to Blumenthal makes Rob Simmons — a highly decorated actual Vietnam veteran — the biggest beneficiary of this bombshell.

Yeah, although part of me wants to see the McMahons rewarded for digging this up. I still think that family doesn’t belong anywhere near the Senate given how slimy Vince is, but I gotta at least respect their no holds barred approach to this race.

Doughboy on May 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM

AOL’s current headline on this story: Senate Hopeful Misspoke on Military Service.

Keep spinning it, lefties.

AZCoyote on May 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM

When Dodd dropped out I figured my chance at actually having a senator who represents me dropped considerably, dare I hope again?

Thanos on May 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM

If McMahon’s camp fed this to the Times, they are idiots. They should have waited until Blumenthal had the formal endorsement, and then kicked him in the huevos.

TC@LeatherPenguin on May 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I agree with you Doughboy, for too long we haven’t done what was needed to fight back.

Thanos on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

As the military folks said in last night’s thread, Blumenthal can clarify quickly his service record with a DD214. His backtracking today, however, makes him look like more of a schmuck.

The Times may get some questions over this claim. Did they take a story fed to them by a campaign, or did they independently discover Blumenthal’s fabrications? Did they use McMahon’s tip and conduct their own investigation

Either way, does it matter? The NYT wouldn’t run a story like this without fact checking regardless of who gave them the story. Especially a damaging story about a Democrat whom O-ba-ma congratulated for running.

conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

No doubt in my mind that Linda and her team dug this up on their own. She has a bazillion dollars invested already in her campaign and a ton of staffers to look at every other candidate and try to dig up dirt on them. Not sure about her sitting in a US Sentate seat though. I would rather have Simmons in there. At least he is a known quantity.

Johnnyreb on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Jane Fonda has a stronger claim to having been in Vietnam than Blumenthal.

sdd on May 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM

TC@LeatherPenguin on May 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Yes, but in a perfect world the Times would have caught and acted upon it.

Hmmm… wonder if they caught it but kept in under their collective hat…

Akzed on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Is someone going to check the credentials of these “veterans” Dick shows up with later? Is Jesse MacBeth going to be there?

JammieWearingFool on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

When Dodd dropped out I figured my chance at actually having a senator who represents me dropped considerably, dare I hope again?

Thanos on May 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I feel your pain.
I live in Illinois.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

reap what you sow Democrats. If you sow dishonesty, you’re going to reap utter humiliation. The boot of truth is now ON YOUR NECK—as it should be.

ted c on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Hold that chicken tightly.

Careful, don’t let go.

artist on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

President Barack Obama Called Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to Congratulate Him

HARTFORD, CT (AP) — President Barack Obama has called Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to congratulate him on his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

The White House says Obama called Blumenthal on Wednesday evening and offered to help him with the campaign to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd’s seat.

Blumenthal announced his plans to run for the Senate shortly after Dodd formally announced that he will not be seeking a sixth term.

1/7/10.

5/18/10: “This isn’t the Richard Blumenthal I knew.”

Wethal on May 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

AOL’s current headline on this story: Senate Hopeful Misspoke on Military Service.

Keep spinning it, lefties.

AZCoyote on May 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM

MISSPOKE=what Democrats call lying only when getting caught.

conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Not sure about her sitting in a US Sentate seat though. I would rather have Simmons in there. At least he is a known quantity.

Johnnyreb on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Oh, the McMahons are a known quantity. That’s why Linda getting the nomination scares the bejeezus outta me.

Doughboy on May 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

AZCoyote on May 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Yeah, the other day it was ‘Christ rejects GOP’!!

I am not kidding.

BigWyo on May 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Anyone ever heard Linda McMahon in any of the debates?

Ugggh, . . . she might as well be reading from a teleprompter.

Notorious GOP on May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Is someone going to check the credentials of these “veterans” Dick shows up with later? Is Jesse MacBeth going to be there?

JammieWearingFool on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Kinda like the doctors in white coats for Obama’s healthcare show.

conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

If McMahon’s camp fed this to the Times, they are idiots. They should have waited until Blumenthal had the formal endorsement, and then kicked him in the huevos.

TC@LeatherPenguin on May 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Agree for sure, but it’s possible that what they had “wouldn’t keep” that long.

Red Cloud on May 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Maybe he was taken out of context…

Maybe you heard wrong….

Maybe you misunderstood what he said…

Your putting words in his mouth……

Clearly,thats not what he mean’t….

Your twisting his words…..

I heard what he said,thats not what he means…..

and the list goes on…..(sarc).

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I have not served in the military. I don’t have any close family members that have served since WWII. When talking about war, surges, what vets need, DADT and so on, I usually pay great heed to the opinions of men and women who have served. Greater still if they have seen combat on my behalf.

When someone like this scumbag lies about their service in an attempt to shape policy or win office, it’s beyond disgusting.

myrenovations on May 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Anyone ever heard Linda McMahon in any of the debates?

Ugggh, . . . she might as well be reading from a teleprompter.

Notorious GOP on May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

She was always the worst of the McMahons on the mike. Even Stephanie got pretty good over time at drawing heat from the crowd.

Doughboy on May 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

With the vile liar John Kerry setting the standard for Democrat Vietnam Vets, what’s the problem?

I’d rather have a Democrat vet who didn’t serve in Vietnam, rather than the likes of John Kerry who based a career on undermining the US military during a time of war.

We can clear this all up by having John Kerry throw Blumenthal over the Capitol Fence.

NoDonkey on May 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

MISSPOKE=what Democrats call lying only when getting caught.

conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

conservative pilgrim:Bingo,you win a Hopey Doll,with
matching minaturized Mom Jeans!
–:)

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The Times may get some questions over this claim. Did they take a story fed to them by a campaign, or did they independently discover Blumenthal’s fabrications?

I don’t see what difference it makes. The video speaks for itself. And unlike so many of the Times sources it’s not as if this is a ‘leak’ which does irreparable damage to our national security.

Buy Danish on May 18, 2010 at 9:05 AM

hmmmm Seems to me the Times must have had this…

Why would a Republican drop this now and not in a week?

Think about it…
And $16 MILLION for oppo research? Come now. My B.S. detector is running wild.

McMahon is full of crap. (Betchya)

Elastic Jordan on May 18, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Reap it, Bloomers, time to pay the fiddler.

New Blumenthal campaign tactic: Admit he never served overseas and begin maligning the Vietnam War vets as a bunch of marauding murderers in the same vein as Genghis Khan. It worked for Kerry.

Bishop on May 18, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The problem for Democrats is that they don’t have any other statewide constitutional officeholders that can quickly fill Blumenthal’s shoes.

The “other problem” is democrats actually believe a little lie like this one is forgivable—-for the cause.

Rovin on May 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I think I may have to retract my statement about the GOP not taking the senate as well as the house this fall, based on the way the dominoes are falling.

Vashta.Nerada on May 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Kinda like the doctors in white coats for Obama’s healthcare show.
conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Heh. There’s Blumenthal passing out camo hunting jackets to everyone before the press conference, “Here, put these on, they make you look more official.”

Bishop on May 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Anyone ever heard Linda McMahon in any of the debates?

Ugggh, . . . she might as well be reading from a teleprompter.

Notorious GOP on May 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Three words: Barack Hussein Obama.

WesternActor on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Here in Conn., Blumenthal has always had great name recognition and good reviews from all sides. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out for him. People here aren’t very forgiving of this kind of lie…or any lie, just ask former gov. Roland.

JetBoy on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

So as I am reading this Rep. Mark Souder R-IN is resigning because he has been having an affair with staffer back home. Come on people.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The Democrats have a very short period of time to find a new candidate,

Deadline doesn’t matter. Remember Frank Lautenberg?

BacaDog on May 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

I’m hoping that John Kerry will be “…reporting for duty…” to defend him. And that they call this another ‘swift-boating’.

And we get another chance to ask Senator Medal-Chucker to release his service records.

Doorgunner on May 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Another really bad part about it is that he is the AG for Conn and it appears that journalists from Conn didn’t do their job and verify his “Vietnam serice” compared to his military records.

Makes you wonder if the Soros people knew this about Blumenthal and other AGs/Sec of States across the US and if they gave any hint of caving to citizen requests to see O’s records they quietly reminded them of their own records…

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I would love for Schiff to win this race, but i’m not sure how much of a shot he has. McMahon is a puppet and Simmons seems more of an establishment type.

Notorious GOP on May 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Maybe I am underestimating my home state, but I don’t think this will cause him to withdraw or lose his lead in the polls. He’s still the favorite in the absence of a decent, recognizable GOP candidate.

Durham68 on May 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

So,hes from Harvard as well!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Democrats, lie, cheat and steal. Don’t we have enough evidence on that to fill a library?

tarpon on May 18, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Yea; It’s called the Clinton Presidential Library.

Cybergeezer on May 18, 2010 at 9:19 AM

It used to be so easy to lie before the age of video.

shick on May 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Sorry, inaccurate, statement planned for later today.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

myrenovations on May 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

This is an excellent point, thanks.

It also is an attempt to reap the benefits of other’s blood and sacrifice, when Blumenthal himself faced no more peril than a civilian.

If he lies about this, what won’t he lie about?

His weasel legalisms just make things worse. I hope the American people have had it with clever Democrat lies.

NoDonkey on May 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

So as I am reading this Rep. Mark Souder R-IN is resigning because he has been having an affair with staffer back home. Come on people.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Cindy Munford: UGH!:)
======================================================
May 18, 2010 | 9:00 AM ET

FOX Exclusive: Rep. Mark Souder to Resign Amid Affair with Staffer
==================================

http://congress.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/18/fox-exclusive-rep-mark-souder-to-resign-amid-affair-with-staffer/

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Suggested magazine story front cover

Shy Guy on May 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Durham68 on May 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

I hope he doesn’t withdraw because the ads against him will be devastating. He won’t be able to escape it and he will lose.

NoDonkey on May 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM

There is no way the NYT would have done this story unless they realized that the story was going to go public anyway and that the Times’ refusal to expose it would be attached.

Buddahpundit on May 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Obooboo is teaching all of his cohorts well….just lie! No harm done. I wonder what, if anything, these morons do to their children/family members when they are lied to by them. It’s amazing that these fools don’t realize that a lie will ALWAYS be brought out into the light.

sicoit on May 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM

True to form, the water carriers at AOL have this headline without scare quotations: “Senate Hopeful Misspoke about Selective Service.” When can honesty appear in our news outlets? When does an outright fabrication actually become a lie?

onlineanalyst on May 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Cindy: double ugh :(

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I have not served in the military. I don’t have any close family members that have served since WWII. When talking about war, surges, what vets need, DADT and so on, I usually pay great heed to the opinions of men and women who have served. Greater still if they have seen combat on my behalf.

When someone like this scumbag lies about their service in an attempt to shape policy or win office, it’s beyond disgusting.

myrenovations on May 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Speaking as a Vietnam veteran who was there, what vets need is support from the politicians. When the nation has committed to war, what vets do not need is politicians trying to hold or win power at the price of the lives of the good men and women serving in the battle zone.

Vince on May 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Great to see these liars get exposed. Another one bites the dust.

Jaibones on May 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM

His political life is an ‘outrageous distortion’.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

The NYT wouldn’t run a story like this without fact checking regardless of who gave them the story. Especially a damaging story about a Democrat whom O-ba-ma congratulated for running unless it was a Republican.

conservative pilgrim on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

FIFY!

TugboatPhil on May 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Semper lyius.

Mr. Joe on May 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The Democrats have a very short period of time to find a new candidate

Blumenthal is not dropping out of the race. He’s trying to defend the Alamo.

Emperor Norton on May 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I feel your pain.
I live in Illinois.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I’ll see your pain and raise: I’m in NY29. I have an empty seat in the House (thanks to the Massa disasta) and two of the worst leftists ever known in the Senate.

kooly on May 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

My error: The AOL headline says “military service,” not “selective service.” Oops, I misspoke.

onlineanalyst on May 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Liberalism is a mental disorder. To a liberal their own emotion on what is real supercedes any regard for the truth. This becoming clearly apparent as one by one these demonrats reveal their intellectual bankruptcy.

volsense on May 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

This hurts the media as much as it does Blumenthal. They stopped giving colonoscopies to Democrats years ago, and now there’s vacuum. And nature abhors a vacuum.

parteagirl on May 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

The story above implies McMahon was able to uncover this because she has a crack opposition research team and 18 million to spend. But how much trouble is it to uncover a candidate’s military service and to get videos of all his speeches? So the Connecticut media is basically sitting on its a** and eating donuts?

chris999 on May 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM

He’ll be claiming he was speaking about a Higher Truth, one where the actual truth does not matter. The Left does this all the time.

rbj on May 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I think we there is a good chance he will not drop out and may still win. Look at how effective the big lies has been for the left lately: Bush & the GOP rode the economy into the ditch (when in reality the markets just anticipated Democrat supermajority rule), that the Arizona law is Crystalnacht and the boycott momentum is building. All lies, all big lies jammed down our throats by the media wing, and unfortunately all slowly but surely working.

motionview on May 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

AOL’s current headline on this story: Senate Hopeful Misspoke on Military Service.

Keep spinning it, lefties.

AZCoyote on May 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM

So their headline regarding the breaking news on Rep. Mark Souder’s affair with a staffer will be that he probably misstroked?

Yoop on May 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Ask Blume for his DD 214 it works every time.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

unless he comes up with a really good cover story for his serial lies about his war record

Maybe he was gonna go undercover as one of those terrorist vets the Dept. of Homeland Sec. was talking about? / sark

As a CT resident(pity me) the only other Dem I think who could run and anyone would recognize is Ned Lamount.One other thing I’m sure the state Dem’s want him out but Blumenthal loves to see himself on the TV and in the papers I’m betting they have to drag him kicking and screaming off the stage before he quits.

warren on May 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Is it too late to get Spitzer in the game?

He didn’t lie about his service in Vietnam.

His “Love you long time” girl was 100% American.

NoDonkey on May 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Blumenthal won’t have a prayer of winning a statewide election after lying about war service, not even in a liberal state like Connecticut.

I’m afraid you may be giving liberals, Democrats, the voting public and/or the media way too much credit.

tsj017 on May 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Me a conservative who doesn’t give libs a break, I’d give him a break here. He’s “returning” from military life back into civilian life. I know that sounds like weak tea. He stretched the truth a little. Maybe I’m wrong. Doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Of course he’s staying in. Hell, this is a resume enhancer for Dems. I’ll actually be surprised if he drops out.

Darksean on May 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Why would he get out? Look at the Democrat vying for Mr. Obama’s senate seat. And I am not sure that state won’t elect him.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I hope Peter Schiff wins this one.

moonbatkiller on May 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

From your mouth to Jim Sinclair’s ear.

Emperor Norton on May 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Blumenthal won’t have a prayer of winning a statewide election after lying about war service, not even in a liberal state like Connecticut.

You sure about that, Ed? For the Democrats, not serving in war is probably more honorable than serving — especially when (in their eyes) we were the “bad” guys. Maybe Blumenthal loses a few points in the polls, but he still had a very wide lead. I think he’ll still win election easily.

jwolf on May 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

The Democrats will push him out of the race unless he comes up with a really good cover story for his serial lies about his war record.

Ed

Witness the Illinois Democrat/Mob Party, which held an election, nominated an unknown as Lieutenant Governor, found out he has a somewhat checkered background with accusations of beating up his ex-wife and a hooker he was dating (who dates a hooker?), and summarily fired him so they could hand-pick a candidate instead.

But here’s hoping that Blumenthal stays in the race long enough to ruin the chances for any replacement candidate and give enormous media coverage to his GOP rival.

Jaibones on May 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Semper lyius and excusus.

Mr. Joe on May 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I’m not so sure he’ll end up quitting. Dems don’t care about this sort of thing, and now that the GOP jerk in IN is resigning over an affair you know the MSM will ignore this to cover that.

changer1701 on May 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Him staying in the race is just a knee jerk reaction. Once the more senior Dems have a chat with him, he will pull out. He really doesn’t have much of a choice. Dem voters here in CT are pretty lock step with their candidates and will put up with alot, but lying about combat service is over the top for most of them. One big issue is the time constraints. Next week is it for nominations. That is why this came up yesterday, it really gives the Dem party no realistic chance to react to it.

Johnnyreb on May 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, Blumenthal’s staying in.

Wow, he must truly believe that party trumps truth in the eyes of Connecticut voters.

Vashta.Nerada on May 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Creepy, serial liar is spot on, Ed. How on earth did this guy think he could get away with it? What a scumbag.

Peter Schiff for Senate! He ain’t gonna lie!

Rae on May 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I don’t think Blumie is dead yet, though this will hurt.

Go Rob Simmons!

jnelchef on May 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Blumey has got to love NPR. They reported this morning that he is holding ‘a press conference today to address claims by the NYT that he made some misleading statements about his military service.’ Politics is nice work when you can get major news organiztions to introduce your spin. It really does give one hope in times of stress.

John E. on May 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

If it was the only example you would be correct but apparently he has let this misperception stand when he had numerous chances to clear it up.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Maybe he can use Car Czar Rattner’s term and say he just “elasticized the reality” of the situation.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2010/05/11/former-car-czar-rattners-creative-term-fibbing-elasticized-reality-thing

Logic on May 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I’m sure Barry will make a speech on his behalf and everything will be okay. After all, we are talking about Connecticut morons.

GarandFan on May 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, Blumenthal’s staying in (via National Review’s Greg Pollowitz and Allahpundit). That’s as of 9:15 am ET. I doubt that will last, however. Blumenthal won’t have a prayer of winning a statewide election after lying about war service, not even in a liberal state like Connecticut. The Democrats will push him out of the race unless he comes up with a really good cover story for his serial lies about his war record. I don’t think PTSD will work, either

thanks for closing that door on him, Ed. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see a lefty try that—either by gratuitously self-promoting themselves to the US Senate, or the MSM covering for a Islamofascist terrorist who killed 14 people at Ft Hood. The only thing the two had in common is that they were a) in the US and b) there happened to be a war going on around the time of their misdeeds. Hard to make a case for PTSD out of either of these two jackasses.

ted c on May 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

…maybe Kerry will let him borrow his magic hat that he got for Christmas in Cambodia….
…if sure helped him win the hearts of democrats after lying about his fellow Soldiers in front of Congress while he was throwing other people’s medals over the fence in his pathetic selective outrage.

…This is nothing new for democrats:


Democrats used one of their other veterans to launch an attack on the Vice President…

http://www.mudvillegazette.com/archives/030101.html

Harkin also lashed out at Vice president Dick Cheney who last week accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of lacking the basic understanding of the war on terrorism to protect Americans.

Harkin said “When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil.

Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don’t like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough.


….Mr. self righteous standing in judgment from his liberal mountain of lies and hypocrisy…..

The same year, Iowa Senator (and later presidential candidate) Tom Harkin boasted that he had flown F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions in Vietnam. No, wait, it was combat sorties over Cuba, he corrected himself when challenged by Senator Berry Goldwater. Harkin finally acknowledged that he had never seen combat — that his military experience consisted of ferrying damaged aircraft for repairs from Japan to the Philippines.

Harkin,Kerry,Blumenthal…….all liberals that have disgraced the honor,tradition,and sacrifice of the American Soldier.

Baxter Greene on May 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The dems could try “empathetic PTSD.”

GaltBlvnAtty on May 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Narcissism – it’s not a pretty word, is it Hi.

humdinger on May 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

He was only being creative, guys. Give a liar a break, will ya?

Ojesus gets to misspeak 24/7/365 without reproach from the MSM. Why not show some “flexibility” towards General Blumenthal?

hillbillyjim on May 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Or is it Admiral Blumenthal? Let’s ask him.

hillbillyjim on May 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Republicans leave the race…dems stay in and win. what a twisted world we live in.

tomas on May 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Somebody who doesn’t know the difference in meaning and use of “during” and “in” has absolutely no business in the first place being an AG or serving in Congress. Watch, now, as this guy and his handlers dust off the “Swiftboat” defense.

As usual, the coverup is worse than the crime–except when it involves a Dem.

Christien on May 18, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Operation Saving Private Lyin’

Christien on May 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Lying about his military service was and is disgraceful,
but what really ticked the left off was this tid-bit:

“Blumenthal also claims he served as the Captain of the Harvard swim team, despite records at the college showing that he was never on the team.”

Lie about the Military all you want, liberals are OK with that, but how DARE he besmirch Haw-vawd.

mrt721 on May 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

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