Video: Safety demonstration irony, Capitol Hill version

posted at 3:11 pm on April 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Via Moe Lane, this video drives home the message that it’s better to practice what you preach. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called a press conference yesterday at a train station to emphasize commuter safety. He’s lucky to still be alive after a demonstration of exactly what travelers should not do on the train platform:

The senator and his easel narrowly dodged an oncoming train as he and Milford Mayor Ben Blake spoke on a train platform.

Blake was even saying “safety, as you know, is paramount” when the train sped by, according to a video of the close call posted to YouTube.

You see, those yellow lines on the platform actually mean “DO NOT STAND HERE.” Moe elaborates:

As you can see, Senator [Blumenthal] here apparently decided that the nice, yellow line was a perfect place to him and his easel to stand, while – and this is where the epic idiocy comes in – having his freaking back to any oncoming trains that might show up.  The man is very, very lucky to not have been leaning backwards at just the wrong moment when the train showed up; as it is, the engineer of that train was probably scared out of a year’s growth.  Two when said engineer found out that he was nearly the agent of a US Senator’s auto-darwination.

Consider this a thankfully-non-fatal demonstration of the need to stay off the yellow lines, and to pay attention to the tracks.

Update: Lisa Graas requested that we add this video, which we’ve featured before but seems apropos for this post:

Note that Blumenthal missed one of these warnings.

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To politicians, yellow lines mean park here…rules apply only to their minions.

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Stand up Moe…

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Idiot…

OmahaConservative on April 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Will Dikk get a metal for his bravery ?

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

They’re from the govt, they’re smart.

Akzed on April 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

So that’s the purpose of common core: to dumb down the serfs to the level of the elites.

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

he learned to dodge trains when he fought in the civil war

SoRight on April 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

rbj, That’s going to take a lot of dumbing-down.

Another Drew on April 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

He’s lucky to still be alive after a demonstration of exactly what travelers should not do on the train platform:

He deserves a Purple Heart
:P

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Ugh. “My” senator. He, along with Jim Himes (“my” other guy), are two of the biggest tools in Congress.

Yuck.

MisterElephant on April 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

What is the saying? Top. Men.

ceraphym on April 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

It takes this genius 7 full seconds to move off the yellow line after he’s almost killed by the train.

greggriffith on April 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Too stupid for a real job? Become a politician!

ZenDraken on April 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

It takes this genius 7 full seconds to move off the yellow line after he’s almost killed by the train.

greggriffith on April 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Trying to preserve some elected official cool points.

hawkdriver on April 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

But, everyday rules do not apply to these Pampered Princes.

Another Drew on April 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Good thing he hasn’t lost any of those “quick reaction” skills from Vietnam.

/sarc\

De Oppresso Liber on April 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Another dumb way to die is hitch a ride on an airplane in the wheel well.

simkeith on April 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The yellow line is only for the little people and those who actually served.

NotCoach on April 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

NotCoach on April 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Just another Dem politician trying to edumacate us about something HE doesn’t understand….

dentarthurdent on April 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

It’s like deja vu all over again.

corona79 on April 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

To politicians, yellow lines mean park here…rules apply only to their minions commoners.

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

FIFY

blammm on April 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

He’ll find a way to make a cool war story out of this.

DanMan on April 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Too stupid for a real job? Become a politician!

ZenDraken on April 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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It’ll be hard to top that comment.
.
Senator Blumenthal should get an “honorable mention” in the ‘Darwin Award’ competition.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

It would’ve made a good Monty Python sketch.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Oh so close to becoming a “good” democrat.

jukin3 on April 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It’s pronounced “Du-Mahss”

Don’t they watch “House of Cards”?

exhelodrvr on April 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

That was probably his closest call since he came back from Nam. Guy’s got to have used up most of his nine lives by now.

Hayabusa on April 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

That was probably his closest call since he came back from Nam. Guy’s got to have used up most of his nine lives by now.

Hayabusa on April 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Was he boating with Kerry into Cambodia on Christmas Eve – or was he actually in Vietnam?

I have to ask – since he’s a Dem…..

dentarthurdent on April 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Oh so close to becoming a “good” democrat.

jukin3 on April 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

and he would still be able to vote for his party.

Bigfoot on April 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Notice the reason he was on the yellow line. People must see me. He needed his face to be seen and not obscured by the speaker or easel.

Particular Set of Skills on April 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

My senator. 8-(

The same guy who for YEARS was telling people he served in Viet Nam ,come to find out while he was in the military during those years he was NEVER in country. F’in posers.

warren on April 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

That sign almost bought it.

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

And these are the facists who want us to register our guns?

TX-96 on April 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Connecticut and their liberal dems are just stupid. Nothing more, nothing less……

ultracon on April 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Senator Blumenthal, please take a few steps to your left…….

redguy on April 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Choo,choo close but darn no cigar!
That would have been graphically cool, as in splat goes the demorat.

woodhull on April 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

:P

abobo on April 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I could not wish such pain and grief upon the attendees, the train driver, or the person filming.

In Blumie’s case, whatever…

Freelancer on April 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

$10 says Blimenthal submits a Train Safety Bill to require trains to slow to 2 MPH at any station.

BobMbx on April 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Congratulations, Connecticut! You get the representation you deserve!

olesparkie on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM