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Richard Blumenthal video: 'I did not serve in Vietnam'

Here's some video of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal -- who is under fire for embellishing his war record -- stating clearly in a high-profile setting earlier this year: "I did not serve Vietnam."

The video, which was sent over by the DSCC, will be central to Blumenthal's damage control efforts in the wake of a stunning New York Times report saying Blumenthal never served in Vietnam despite repeatedly suggesting otherwise. The pushback from the Blumenthal camp, the heavy favorite to win the Senate race, will be that Blumenthal did not intend to deceive.

To be clear, the video does not get Blumenthal off the hook for his previous claims to have served. But the video, which is from a debate in March, suggests that Blumenthal was not wedded in all settings to maintaining the fiction that he did active duty:

In the vid, Blumenthal says:

"Although I did not serve in Vietnam, I have seen firsthand the effects of military action, and no one wants it to be the first resort, nor do we want to mortgage the country's future with a deficit that is ballooning out of control."

The Times, however, unearthed repeated instances of Blumenthal stating clearly, or leaving a very strong impression, that he had served abroad.

In a sense, the above video only makes the story more bizarre: Blumenthal is a highly-regarded lawyer who clearly knows how to wield language effectively, and in the setting of a debate, he clearly had no interest in deceiving his audience. Yet in other multiple settings he did just that, either through incompetence or by design.

It still remains to be seen whether his candidacy can, or should, survive this.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: Watch this original video of him clearly claiming that he did serve.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 18, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Slave Sargent:
"Yet in other multiple settings he did just that, either through incompetence or by design."

Then it seems that this Blumenthal fellow would be a PERFECT replacement for Senator Chris "Countrywide" Dodd.

"It still remains to be seen whether his candidacy can, or should, survive this."

Oh, please! Like any of this matters to the sweat-lodge.

Moonbats will turn out and vote for this scoundrel in droves because they've been told to. Just like the cattle that they are.

Posted by: Bilgeman | May 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"But the video, which is from a debate in March, suggests that Blumenthal was not wedded in all settings to maintaining the fiction that he did active duty"

But look at all the times I DIDN'T lie! Oy!

This really is bizarre. What the heck was Blumenthal thinking?

And the timing could hardly be worse. What are the Dems' options, Greg? Will they be stuck with Blumenthal after today?

Posted by: wbgonne | May 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a scheister to me. I haven't heard his claims to have served in Vietnam, but if it's true, then I don't trust him at all and he deserves no votes.

Posted by: SDJeff | May 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

SlaveDJeff:
"Sounds like a scheister to me. I haven't heard his claims to have served in Vietnam, but if it's true, then I don't trust him at all and he deserves no votes."

Really?

Would you vote for his Republican challenger, then?

Posted by: Bilgeman | May 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal will be an interesting test of whether a Dem can lie and still get elected.

The GOP has passed this test with flying colors (see Bush, George W.), so let's see what the Dems can do with it.

And if he does win, woe betide the country that the Senate will have a member with low integrity. Well, at least he isn't under indictment.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

This guy's an idiot.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

This is not acceptable. Blumenthal must withdraw now.

Guys like him, give real veterans of Vietnam, a bad name. He is no better than those creeps who go around pretending to have been awarded medals of honor.

Blumenthal should be pushed to step down, instead of the DNC trying to rehabilitate his image.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"Blumenthal will be an interesting test of whether a Dem can lie and still get elected.

The GOP has passed this test with flying colors (see Bush, George W.), so let's see what the Dems can do with it."

Please. A bit of a reach perhaps? Shall we start listing elected Democrat liars?

Blementhal would not even be the first Dem Senator to lie about Vietnam. It appears well documented that Tom Harkin lied about flying combat missions in Vietnam when in fact he was never there either. Shall we discuss Clinton lies (Bill and Hillary), Obama lies, Al Gore lies?

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sad for CT if they end up with Blumenthal and Lieberman. I read somewhere that he didn't fare too well at the debate in March either. Good luck CT.

BG, I suppose he's no worse than lots of other politicians from either side. Lots of examples right? My rep has one of the worst ethics records in Congress. We've been trying to oust him for years, looks like this year we may have found someone to get the job done. Look him up if you're interested, Ken Calvert (R-CA).

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Everyone notice nobody is sticking up for this guy?

I imagine if he were in the Republican primary, the teabaggers here would be making excuses for him already.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The Toon Town Lawyer's big defense of Republican Liars is; Democrats also lie.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Bristol Palin is to receive up to $30,000.00 per appearance, to speak about why teenage girls should practice abstinence.

The gist of her message is;

Don't become a teenage single mom, and become rich of it, like me.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Primary Day in CT is August 10. Plenty of time for this to play out. And for the Dems to find a replacement candidate if it's unsurvivable.

To his credit, unlike George Bush, there's no question that Blumenthal finished his reserve service and didn't ditch it once the threat of being drafted ended.

Although this may be damning him with faint praise...

Posted by: theorajones1 | May 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Shorter Bristol Palin: "Don't do what I did" (wink).

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

theorajones1

Thanks for the info. That's a relief. Dems shouldn't sink too much into keeping Blumenthal afloat. They can win that seat with someone else.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Even shorter Bristol Palin: Drill, Baby, Drill!

Posted by: wbgonne | May 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"The sex wasn't great, but the payoff was huge" Bristol Palin

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This is his kiss of death. He will never recover and this guy is suppose to be pretty smart. What a doosh!! Glad it happens to the dumbest.

Posted by: nyx567 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Dodd should be forced to take over Fannie Mae and take his pay in (negative) profit sharing.

Too bad Schiff is trailing on the Republican side. He would a useful addition to the Senate, as compared to the wrestling lady.

Posted by: staticvars | May 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The most bizarre thing about this is that Blumenthal was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, a fine line item for the resume of a man running for public office. But as the NYTimes has cataloged, on numerous occasions he categorically said he was a Vietnam vet and even trotted out that old canard about vets being spat on when they returned home. (For what it's worth, I did not serve during Vietnam, but I had no anger against those who did, but against the government that sent them.)

Why would such an accomplished guy time and again make a statement like this which can easily be proven a lie? Guilty conscience? (He grabbed 5 education/occupation deferments before getting a slot in the Reserves--he really did not want to find himself pinned down in Khe Sanh.)

Posted by: jhpurdy | May 18, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

All, Robert Redford cuts new ad urging Obama to show leadership on energy reform:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/robert_redford_to_obama_show_l.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

quarterbrain,
"Shall we discuss Clinton lies (Bill and Hillary), Obama lies, Al Gore lies?"

Shall we discuss your lies, Mr. Sock Puppet, Esq? You ARE a lie. Your entire personae that you present here is premised upon lies. So, by all means, let's discuss lies.

Actually, this will demonstrate the difference between Dems and the GOP when it comes to scandal. Blumenthal is toast. His career is over. He has been exposed as a liar. The Democratic Party will not work to protect him, even if there are elements that would like to. However, if he were in the GOP, his career would not necessarily be over. As evidence of this, compare the scandals surrounding Elliot Spitzer with those of Mark Sanford and John Ensign. Whose career ended very quickly after the scandal came to light? Which two are STILL in office?

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

OT:

Another "family values conservative" bites the dust:

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is reporting that Indiana Rep. Mark Souder (R) is announcing his resignation, citing his "mutual relationship" with a part-time staffer.

From the story:

Saying he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, said Tuesday will resign from Congress.

Souder, who won re-nomination to run for a ninth term, said he won't be a candidate in the fall.

"I believe it is the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana and our country," he said in a statement.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/05/18/2321250.aspx

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Haha, Souder even cut a video with his staffer/mistress about ABSTINENCE!

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/rep_souder_and_mistress_recorded_video_on_abstinen.php?ref=fpblg

Jeeeez!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget that Republican Connoisseur Of Hoors; Senator Vitter. The Republican Christo Fascists are still holding him tight, in their warm hypocritical Hillbilly Ayatollahs' embraces.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Everyone notice nobody is sticking up for this guy?"

DSCC = nobody?

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I would like to know the chronology of the statements. after the debate, did he make any statements that he did serve in VN?

Depending on the answer, I don't see this as a death blow, but it isn't a good sign of message discipline. If he made definitive claims of viet nam service after the debate, then he is toast.

Of course a repub could get away with the same behavior with minimal consequences. See Bush, GW.

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

That's rich, Gassy the Clown.

Democrats who lie, cheat, or steal honorably quit or are ousted by the party, huh?

Let's see.

Bill Clinton
Barney Frank
William Jefferson
Alcee Hastings
Chris Dodd
Charlie Rangel
Jack Murtha
Tom Harkin
Ted Kennedy (hard to beat him, isn't it)
. . . ad infinitum

Bernie needs to come by and give you a lesson in logic and fallacy. You are not meeting his high standards.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

And what about those non-clarifications or outright statements about his captaincy of the Harvard Swim Team?

Even worse, he's the Attorney General, the one who makes sure the rest of us tell the truth, the whole truth and (most to the point) nothing but the truth.

Posted by: jayjay9 | May 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Of course a repub could get away with the same behavior with minimal consequences. See Bush, GW."

When you show us GWB's having repeatedly and explicitly claiming to have served in Vietnam, and the media's having given him a pass, go ahead and make this argument.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What a slimy chameleon!

Posted by: hamishdad | May 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Bush made the claim that he completed his commitment to the reserves when evidence indicates he did not. Also, Bush specifically said that he supported the vietnam war and wanted to fly jets, but instead of enlisting and actually getting a chance to participate in the war, he sat out on the sidelines, just like that war monger Cheney. I don't know what Blumenthal's stance of the vietnam war was, but if he was as gung ho as Bush and then went to the reserves, he should go.

I did notice the silence of conservatives when Bush said he supported the war and then went and hid in the reserves.

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Washington Post will treat Richard Blumenthal is the same manner they treated George Allen. I guess I am incurable optimist.

Posted by: jeffreed | May 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"I wonder if the Washington Post will treat Richard Blumenthal is the same manner they treated George Allen."

I wonder if Republicans will EVER STOP WHINING.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

That would be George Allen, of the famous ethnic/racial slur at a public campaign event. Or would that be George Allen, who denied that he understood the slur, contrary to all evidence that he would know what he was saying.

So is he a liar or just too dumb to know what he is saying?

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Bush made the claim that he completed his commitment to the reserves when evidence indicates . . .."

Nice try. You quibble over what "evidence" shows about the completeness of Bush's service.

The media spared no expense or effort to try to destroy Bush over it. Mapes/Rather? Remember them?

But Blumenthal flat out lied about being in Vietnam, and it isn't a question of intepretation.

You are still deep in BDS.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"I wonder if Republicans will EVER STOP WHINING."


No.

Posted by: nobodysignificant | May 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Gassy the Clown: "However, if he were in the GOP, his career would not necessarily be over. As evidence of this, compare the scandals surrounding Elliot Spitzer with those of Mark Sanford and John Ensign. Whose career ended very quickly after the scandal came to light? Which two are STILL in office?"

Ethan: "Souder, who won re-nomination to run for a ninth term, said he won't be a candidate in the fall."

Gassy, meet Ethan.

Blumenthal remaining defiant; Souder admitting sin and withdrawing. Might want to rethink your thesis.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

All,c heck out this latest development:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/mcmahon_campaign_scrubs_refere.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@qb: I guess you have no problem with Bush being a war supporter yet being unwilling to actually participate in the war he supported. This is the chicken hawk that then led the US into an invasion UNDER FALSE PRETENSES that is still going on and has killed over 4000 US troops.

In fact, the evidence was pretty strong that he didn't finish his commitment and was missing for long periods. Somehow the documentation of his service was misplaced. The hype over the one document that may not have been genuine overshadowed the rest of the evidence.

OH! I did it again...Don't feed the trolls.

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Richard Blumenthal is just another lying Democrat that tries to be all things to all people. They really don’t offer solutions to problems. What’s more important to them is pitting one group of Americans against the other to seize more power and control for government.

When will people learn?
The Last Tradition

Posted by: samzalez | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal has shown that he is not only a LIAR, but that he attempted to steal the honor, bravery, and loyalty of those who served during Vietnam -- IN VIETNAM. He displayed the colors of the liberal democrat -- 'do as I say, not as I do'.

Of greater import to us voters, this guy has also shown that HE IS A COWARD -- given all of his deferments!

Given his now known background -- WHY IS HE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL -- TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF CONN??

MACV - '69 - '70!

Posted by: wheeljc | May 18, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"They really don’t offer solutions to problems."

I am still waiting for the solutions that republicans to expand health care to the 40 million uninsured, the solution that explains how tax cuts help to balance the budget, the solution to keep another financial crash from happening, the solution to 8 years of neglect/undercutting of most regulatory agencies,...I could go on. The party of NO lives on...

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

HE IS A COWARD -- given all of his deferments!--funny how we didn't hear this about Cheney from the republicans. Cheney was a strong supporter of the war, but somehow managed to get out of serving in the military at all....Chickenhawk

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"""Ethan: "Souder, who won re-nomination to run for a ninth term, said he won't be a candidate in the fall."

Gassy, meet Ethan. """

Um, QB, that was a direct quotation from First Read. At least attribute it appropriately if you are going to use my name in your posts. Thank you.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy a friend of Charlie Rangel?

Posted by: richard36 | May 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a liberal, and I have condemned Blumenthal for his lies, and called for him to resign from all politics now.

I hold Democrats to the same standards that I hold Republicans too.

Blumenthal must go, now!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam”

"We have learned something important since the days that I served during Vietnam"

Notice how these sentences say essentially the same thing, but have very different meanings?

I can easily see how someone may have misspoken.

Posted by: teriberi35 | May 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still, I don't feel that this should end his career, especially since he corrected the record. If he made false claims about his service after the debate where he was explicit about not going to Vietnam, then, yes he has to go.

Posted by: srw3 | May 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Blumemthal must think people are just plain stupid if he thinks we believe that he didn't mis-represent himself for the sole purpose of getting the votes from Veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afganistan.

Creepy is the word and this man belongs no where near our Senate.

Pathetic.

Posted by: rannrann | May 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Depressing how many of the posts here are devoted to proving that either Democrats or Republicans are the biggest liars/scumbags.

As the lawyers say, why don't we just stipulate that far too many politicans, in both parties, are creeps? Because it's true.

And getting back to the actual subject at hand -- Blumenthal -- he's finished. Looks to me like the Dodd seat will be going Republican.

Posted by: lydgate | May 18, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Ethan,
I was quite pleased to hear about the fate of Mark Souder. I grew up in Ft. Wayne and have loathed Souder since the day he slithered onto the political stage. He is an arrogant moron and an obvious hypocrite, which explains his ascendency within the GOP.

My mom called me this morning to share the good news. Souder now joins the ever swelling ranks of GOPers who have been ignominiously inducted into the Sanctimonious Moralizing A$$hat Society.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The more I look at this, the worse I feel. And no, it's not for Blumenthal. It's about the consistent pattern of "acceptable lies" that we see in politics, and yes, I'm talking about the Right.

Death panels, pull the plug on granny, it never ends with the Republican lies. We see it literally every single day. And yet here is a guy, who rhetorically misled people in his speeches on occasion, did so in most cases to DEFEND the military, defend the troops, and honor them. It is DISGUSTING to me that people are ready to vilify a public servant like Richard Blumenthal while an out-and-out liar like Chuck Grassley can lie to constituents in an attempt to defame a push for Health Care Reform that would help millions upon millions of Americans.

Listen, I'm glad there are "principled" Liberals out there calling for his head. But not me. Forget that. I give him the benefit of the doubt. I stand with Blumenthal. Unless circumstances change and he steps aside and lets another Democrat take his place, I want to see him run on his RECORD of public service, his RECORD as Attorney General. And if his RECORD gets him elected, then I will support him in the Senate. I simply cannot stand to sit here and listen to this man be vilified for rhetorical hyperbole or misstatements when almost every single Republican in the public eye is ALLOWED to lie repeatedly with absolutely NO consequences.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

5 deferments?

i didn't think anyone could have tied cheney's record.

blumenthal should just offer that he was tired, and got off a plane where the inflight movie was apocalypse now...

'stamford...s**t, I'm still only in stamford.'

Posted by: owenmagoo | May 18, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Gasman1 same here (that I'm glad to see him go).

Frankly, I think what Souder has done as a sitting Congressman (proselytized abstinence while committing adultery with an employee) is CONSIDERABLY worse than what Blumenthal is being accused of. I would say the same for Vitter, Ensign, Craig, Foley, and other hypocrites from the party of "family values."

And speaking of Foley, Souder in fact may be this cycles Foley. Mike Pence and others are trying to make a big deal that DC has lost its sense of "morality." And that obviously the way to get around that is to elect more Christian fundamentalist Republicans.

Souder's resignation may seriously undermine that push. Certainly Democrats would be wise to keep this in their back pocket for when we start to hear the word "morality" thrown around by the Right, as we inevitably will since Democrats are in the majority and that is one the GOP's old tactics when they were in the minority in cycles past.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

quarterbrain,
You have never met any standards in regards to logic. You are in no way conversant in the subject. You are a teabagger buffoon, and not even an especially bright representative of that tribe of mental pygmies.

Here are some of the notable miscreants, liars, and indefensibly odious subjects for which you have offered up vigorous apologia in the recent past:

George W. Bush
Dick Cheney
The Teabaggers
FauxNews
Bill O’Reilly
Glenn Beck
Sean Hannity
Sarah Palin
Joe McCarthy
Torture
Shredding of the constitution

Those individuals are not exactly models of veracity, but as has been clearly and incontrovertibly established, neither are you. You are posturing fraud whose insecurities run so deep that your ego needs propping up with cartoonish fictional accomplishments.

Please, once again wax imperious and lecture us all on the righteousness of veracity. It is rather like Sanford, Ensign, or now Souder lecturing us on the sanctity of marriage.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"You have never met any standards in regards to logic."

bush equals blumenthal?

anybody gotta a link to bush even suggesting he was in vietnam?

hmmm...
tom harkin?

"George W. Bush
Dick Cheney
The Teabaggers
FauxNews
Bill O’Reilly
Glenn Beck
Sean Hannity
Sarah Palin
Joe McCarthy
Torture
Shredding of the constitution"

why not accept that blumenthal is at least the equivalent piece of crap that you perceive the above?

it kinda sounds like you want to keep blumenthal from being included...

that is tortured logic.
or maybe kerry's memory of being on the cambodian border on xmas, "seared" into his imagination.

Posted by: owenmagoo | May 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Another development in the Blumenthal mess:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/national_dems_standing_by_blum.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"kerry's memory of being on the cambodian border on xmas, "seared" into his imagination."

The thing about you GOPers is that you really DON'T CARE about what's true. Any attack will do, and the more shameless the better like, for instance, attacking Kerry's service record when Your Heroes Bush and Cheney were off getting drunk and hiding for the duration of the war. Cowardly War Criminals attacking a decorated combat vet. Disgusting.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

owenmagoo,
Unless you are congenitally stupid, you should be able to discern from my first post that I think Blumenthal should be tossed in the dustbin of political infamy. He is a liar and deserves to go. See, I think that lying about one's military record is a deal breaker. Too bad that the GOP couldn't have exercised that same standard with W. Bush. He went AWOL and was trumpeted as a mighty war hero. He was a sniveling little coward who found safe stateside National Guard duty boring, so he went AWOL to get drunk and chase skirts.

That is the difference between the political left and the right; the Dems are more than happy to eat their own while the conservatives are more than happy to keep amoral liars in and amongst their ranks. See: Vitter, Ensign, and Sanford.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"The thing about you GOPers is that you really DON'T CARE about what's true."

"Too bad that the GOP couldn't have exercised that same standard with W. Bush."

ahhh...watching a lib squeeze reality thru a political prism.

bottom line?
both parties suck eggs.

"That is the difference between the political left and the right"
there is no difference.

political affliation has ZERO relevance in determining whether someone will cheat on their spouse, lie about their achievments, etc...that one notices it, only thru a political prism is plain sick.

that one can twist logic into 'dems good, gop bad', is just as assinine as those who might offer the reverse.


There are no sins that EITHER party escapes for being on the side of 'good'.

Posted by: owenmagoo | May 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"Unless you are congenitally stupid..."

vs.

"Actually, this will demonstrate the difference between Dems and the GOP when it comes to scandal. Blumenthal is toast. His career is over. He has been exposed as a liar. The Democratic Party will not work to protect him..."

hmmm...
seems at odds with the plum line update-
"National Dems standing by Blumenthal".

wrap another layer of tinfoil on your head.

Posted by: owenmagoo | May 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The fact that he was capable of lying is enough to cut him loose.
We are trying to weed out those who are not truthful at ALL times, not just SOME of the time. How can he possibly be viewed as a person of integrity when he not only lied but then spun a tale to appear as though it was just a grammatical error? Who can possibly believe that? We all feel let down when we find out that a politician we believed in was less than truthful, but to know ahead of time that he's capable of lying... can we ever have faith and believe in him again? I think not. Just in case your wondering, I was supporter of his until this information came to light.

Posted by: LOGREM | May 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Gassy the Clown,

Try to remember, you can't just make up your own facts, no more about persons I've allegedly defended than anything else.

Try also to stick to the point. You made an absurd claim that Dems caught with their hands in the cookie jar honorably quit or are forced out by their own.

I cited a partial list of examples proving this claim absurd. You can cite all the Republicans or conservatives you like whom you claim are dirty. It is beside the point.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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