Video: NRSC hits Blumenthal

posted at 10:55 am on May 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

But you may not know it until well into this web ad from the NRSC, their first entry in the suddenly-competitive Senate race in Connecticut. The ad is 70 seconds long, but the first 30 seconds is more or less a Hall of Shame for Democratic politicians over the last couple of years. Only at nearly the half-way mark does attention turn to Richard Blumenthal and his “during and not in” explanation of his serial fabulism regarding his military service and Vietnam:

As a national attention-getter, this works pretty well. As an effective attack on Blumenthal aimed at voters in the Nutmeg State, I’m not so sure. Isn’t Blumenthal’s dishonesty and his bizarre response to the controversy enough? For a state that votes as strongly Democratic as Connecticut, parading a series of corrupt Democratic pols for as long as this ad does may not be the best way to hold the audience.

Also, the focus on Blumenthal’s deferments in the ad’s graphics misses the point. No one has even suggested that the deferments were a problem; Blumenthal worked within the system (much as Dick Cheney did), and Blumenthal did eventually volunteer for reserve duty (much as Dan Quayle and George W. Bush did). The deferments are a red herring; the problem isn’t that Blumenthal qualified for the deferments, but that he lied about having been in Vietnam during his service. The ad wastes time on that argument that would be better used on the actual dishonesty in Blumenthal’s repeated statements.

It’s not a bad start, but future efforts need to be more focused on Blumenthal’s lies and attempts at blameshifting, rather than deferments, Jim Traficant, and Rod Blagojevich.


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The Tea Party should make the ad…

PatriotRider on May 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Another screw-up by the NRSC. Who writes this crap, anyway?

Ward Cleaver on May 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Dale Peterson should have made the ad!

VikingGoneWild on May 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Too late to the game. Blumenthal has weathered the storm and will win in November. Spend money elsewhere.

This smacks of more GOP cluelessness.

mankai on May 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The Tea Party should make the ad…

PatriotRider on May 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

and they should have Vietnam Vets front and center.

Dire Straits on May 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I totally agree with the strategy in this ad. It’s time to go after the democratic party in general, and they do an excellent job of painting democrats as corrupt politicians, and Blumenthal is just one more of them. The dems have done this for a long time, throwing up racist and corrupt people that call themselves conservative and then linking them to candidates because they belong to the same religion, etc.

If we just focus on individual candidate flaws in our ads, we miss an opportunity to paint a picture of the Secular-Socialist Machine (sorry Newt) that the Democraps have become.

PastorJon on May 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I think it’s great. Republicans need to remind voters of all the scumbag Democrats this year.

rockmom on May 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I think the deferments part is an important part of the picture.It builds up to the fact that Bloomie was a less than enthusiastic participant in the Vietnam War. He tried his hardest not to “go.” When he claims he served in Nam “proudly” it looks even worse for him.Just my opinion.

sandee on May 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Let’s put it to the voters in a commercial:

“Richard Blumenthal blatently lied about serving in Vietnam. If he is comfortable lying about his military service, what else is comfortably lying about? What does that say about you if you vote for a politician comfortable with lying?”

WashJeff on May 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I think the ad was fairly effective. It shows Chrissy Legtingles clearly not buying into Blumenthal’s BS and this guy will swallow anything the left dishes up. The message to me is: If you can’t fool Chrissy, you’re toast. Also liked the closing banner.

Extrafishy on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The dimocrats write the material for us! Just string together snippets of them talking. Lowers the overhead and gets the point(s) across better than we could ever hope to. Words, just words? Let’s put THAT to the test.

Deckard on May 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I liked it. But I agree, if PA-12 taught anything, you have to focus on the candidates not the national stage.

Mr. Joe on May 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I did not realize even Chrissy Matthews lost some tingle for Blumenthal.

Mr. Joe on May 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

NRSC hits Blumenthal

I was kinda hoping for something a bit more literal…

Doorgunner on May 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Normally I would be willing to overlook a few stupid lies from a politician… more often than not he mentioned he was not in the war and his lauded by veterans for his pretty extensive support of their causes …but it is the way he in particular has after people in his own district with a zero tolerance policy on dishonesty that precludes his getting a pass for this. Hard to get away with being a liar and a hypocrite.

lexhamfox on May 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

The ego of the Hot Air moderators astound me. This is a bad ad? Why? You’d do it different? Well get off your computer, and start putting out ads that are better. If you guy are so talented, what are you doing here, when we have elections to win?

Sh-t or get off the pot.

LtE126 on May 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Blumenthal is running as a Democrat. He is running representing one of the two political parties. I believe it was wise to connect his lies to the party as a whole because if some in CT want to give Blummy the benefit of the doubt on “misspeaking”, this ad at least gives one pause to think about whether or not they want to elect a Democrat period.

The problem is that the voters in all 50 states, (or is it 57, I am never sure these days), the voters want specifics from the GOP as to how they believe they can solve the problems of the economy, national security and issues like the oil spill. This is a good start, but the next ads need to go into more details for the voters of CT.

freeus on May 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Where are the swiftboarders?

We need to John Fn Kerry this scoundrel.

fogw on May 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

That Ad is meandering. It gets to the message too late. Remember Politics is local. And attention span of electorate is short. Don’t bury the lede.

antisocial on May 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Too late to the game. Blumenthal has weathered the storm and will win in November. Spend money elsewhere.

This smacks of more GOP cluelessness.

mankai on May 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I beg to differ. This has been in all of the major papers here in CT since it began. Every single day the papers are running with this story and most are not supportive of Tricky Dick.

Johnnyreb on May 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Comparing Blumenthal’s lies to past Democrat malfeasance makes it seem like this is just typical smear politics. I mean, a fair ad would compare him to any liar, not just the Democrat liars.

Instead, just focus on what the candidate in question did. Cuz that’s the only one folks are voting on.

hawksruleva on May 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM

think the ad was fairly effective. It shows Chrissy Legtingles clearly not buying into Blumenthal’s BS and this guy will swallow anything the left dishes up. The message to me is: If you can’t fool Chrissy, you’re toast. Also liked the closing banner.

Extrafishy on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Let’s put it to the voters in a commercial:

“Richard Blumenthal blatently lied about serving in Vietnam. If he is comfortable lying about his military service, what else is comfortably lying about? What does that say about you if you vote for a politician comfortable with lying?”

WashJeff on May 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The ad is too long for a TV spot, and citing Spitzer, Paterson, Rangel, Burris, and Blagojevich (all out-of-state) is a waste of time, if the target is Blumenthal in CT. Just play a few clips of Blumy saying he served “IN” Vietnam, then the Chris Matthews footage, then a voice-over saying, “If Dick Blumenthal lied to you about Vietnam, do you want him lying to you in the Senate?’

Steve Z on May 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Unwise. For one thing, they’re opening the door for recaps of Republicans who got “caught”. Stick to Blumenthal, and include multiple instances of lying about Vietnam.

Buy Danish on May 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM

It’s a start…

… It’s about time someone used their own words against them.

I’m still waiting for the ad nailing down Barney Frank, et al.

Seven Percent Solution on May 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM

It shows that the habit of lying is not likely to end when the person gets into high office. Liars lie, no matter where they are. Taking the oath of office will not cure them.

RBMN on May 26, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Another screw-up by the NRSC. Who writes this crap, anyway?

Ward Cleaver on May 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Eddie Haskell writes it.

Basil Fawlty on May 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM

This ad is fine but what happens when the DSSC comes out with the very same ad and McMahon claiming to be qualified to be a Senator because she was CEO of WWF/E but yet not actually involved in the sex and steroids? She was just there DURING all that but not IN it. The campaign is over already, Blumenthal won. Idiots.

Rocks on May 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Only at nearly the half-way mark does attention turn to Richard Blumenthal and his “during and not in” explanation of his serial fabulism regarding his military service and Vietnam

A simple edit, starting near the halfway point, would easily turn this into an anti-Blumenthal commercial.

bgoldman on May 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM

The CM footage with minimal framing would have been effective–and a whole lot cheaper. What’s with these people?

ElectricPhase on May 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Weak beer, and warm.

The ad should show Blumenthal lying and then say:

The issue is simple: Dick Blumenthal lied about his service.

He didn’t need to: the reserves are an important component of our military. Reservists are ready to serve — and in more recent wars have served.

But, no one could possibly legitimately confuse serving in Vietnam with just going to boot camp, monthly drills and summer camp.

And, if you can’t legitimately confuse the two, then saying you served in Vietnam when you didn’t isn’t a “mistake” and it isn’t “misspeaking” — it’s lying, pure and simple.

Dick Blumenthal has been a lawyer for XX years and the attorney general of Connecticut for more than 20 years. He knows the importance of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Dick Blumenthal didn’t need to lie.

But he did.”

CatoRenasci on May 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

They should have skipped the long anti-Dem lead-in and exposed Blumenthal’s trail of lies far better than once instance in an echo chamber. I’ve YET to see a Republican ad that I thought was nearly as effective as it could be. Seems like the brain-dead are running the show for the Stupid Party.

paul1149 on May 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

If the GOP proves without doubt that Blementhal lied by stealing valor from those who actually served in combat, Biden better be worried. Confirmed lying cowards carry more weight than clueless morons with big mouths to demonrats. VP could very well be in Blumenthal’s future.

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM

These are the guys who are going to help Rand Paul?

SlaveDog on May 26, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I did not realize even Chrissy Matthews lost some tingle for Blumenthal.

Mr. Joe on May 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

..he had a fresh pair of Depends on that day..

The War Planner on May 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Sh-t or get off the pot.

LtE126 on May 26, 2010

Ed does have some good points but they often get lost in his nitpicking, preachifying and holier-than-thou critiques.

Extrafishy on May 26, 2010 at 1:23 PM

get off the pot.

LtE126 on May 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM

yep, I was thinking the samething after I read your post. Maybe, LtE126, you’ve had a few too many tweeks at the pipe?

jbh45 on May 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I beg to differ. This has been in all of the major papers here in CT since it began. Every single day the papers are running with this story and most are not supportive of Tricky Dick.

Johnnyreb on May 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Not supportive of his trickiness on this… but will they dare vote for a Republican in November?

mankai on May 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM

No, the deferments are not a red herring in the context of his lie.

But the ad could be much more effective by having a voice over listing the transgressions of each. For example, how many CT voters know specifically that Jefferson had a freezer full of bribe money? Voice overs also let you present the issue in the worst possible light. And what about Dodd and his Irish windfall? Tieing Blumenthal to him would be a good move IMO.

edshepp on May 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM

“Private Video”? Boooo!

(What’s up with the YT link?)

nationspatriotcom on May 26, 2010 at 11:37 PM