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Dick Blumenthal survives Vietnam allegations in CT-Senate

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) acknowledgment of a series of misstatements regarding the depth of his Vietnam service has bent but not come close to breaking his frontrunning candidacy for the seat of retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D) this fall.

Blumenthal leads former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, the likely Republican nominee, by 25 points -- 56 percent to 31 percent -- in the poll. That lead is down from the whopping 61 percent to 28 percent edge he held in a mid-March poll but that slight slippage is far from the total erosion that many predicted for Blumenthal in the wake of a New York Times story that detailed exaggerations made by the state's top cop over the last several decades in public life.

Most importantly for Blumenthal and Senate Democrats, while nearly nine in 10 said they had heard either a "a lot" (62 percent) or "some" (26 percent) about the Vietnam story, 61 percent said it would make no difference in how they would vote in the fall. One in three said it would make them less likely to back Blumenthal in November -- a not-great number but far from the catastrophic electoral consequences some suggested the story might have.

Blumenthal also appears to have won the first round of the messaging fight over his Vietnam comments as a majority (54 percent) said they thought he had "misspoke" while 38 percent said he had lied.

A slim majority (53 percent) proclaimed themselves satisfied with Blumenthal's explanation of why he said what he did as compared to 35 percent who said they were not satisfied. After initially expressing "regret" on May 18, Blumenthal issued a more full-throated apology on Sunday night in hopes of stopping the political bleeding and putting the issue behind him.

The poll also suggests that Blumenthal will benefit from McMahon as the GOP nominee -- a near-certain prospect now that former Rep. Rob Simmons has suspended his candidacy.

McMahon, who Simmons pilloried in the primary fight for her close ties to the sometimes seedy world of professional wrestling, is viewed more unfavorably (39 percent) than favorably (32 percent) by Connecticut voters. (Blumenthal's favorable number is 61 percent while his unfavorable is 29 percent.)

And, even in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam story, Blumenthal's ratings on which candidate is more honest and trustworthy outpace McMahon; 60 percent describe the Democrat as honest and trustworthy, 45 percent say the same of the Republican. (Worth noting: Blumenthal has taken something of a hit on this question; in a January Q poll 81 percent said he was honest and trustworthy.)

Taken together, the data would seem to affirm Democrats' contention that Blumenthal's long service to the state -- he has been in his current job since 1990 -- insulates him from the sort of calamitous collapse that might have befallen other politicians in his situation.

Still, Republicans believe that the Blumenthal Vietnam story has given them a foothold in a race where, they acknowledged privately, they had little hope at victory even a few weeks ago.

And, with McMahon's considerable personal wealth -- she has pledged to spend up to $50 million on the contest -- voters in the state will be hearing about the Blumenthal Vietnam story between now and November regularly via television ads.

Blumenthal has come through the most trying time in his political career having incurred far less political damage than would reasonably expected. Barring any future revelations that further undermine his still-strong image in the eyes of Connecticut voters, Blumenthal remains a favorite for the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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what every veteran has to understand right now is that an HONORABLE DISCHARGE from the military is a lot more imortant than any DIPLOMA from a LIBERAL COLLEGE.KIRK AND BLUMENTHAL JUST PROVED THAT.

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 1, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza uses "misstatements" and "exaggerations" when the fact is Blumenthal lied. A lie is a "known untruth expressed as a truth." The problem with left-wing hacks like Cillizza is they won't identify a lie if that would embarrass a fellow left-winger. If you ever served in Vietnam, you would remember it. If you got five or six deferments during the Vietnam War to keep from serving in Vietnam, you would remember that. Simply put, Blumenthal lied about his serving in Vietnam, "in theater" when he got a number of deferments to keep from serving in Vietnam.............. the sad part of Cillizza writing such drivel for the Washington Post with blatant disregard for the truth is that this is the newspaper that brought forth Woodward and Bernstein, real journalists. Oh, for those days when you read WaPo with confidence that you were reading truthful facts. Instead, we have "opinion" pieces written by hacks who would rather lie than diminish a fellow leftie. Ta-Ta, Cillizza, get your resume up to date. Maybe you can get a government job. Ta-Ta, WaPo, you'll soon be following your sister pub, Newsweek, and be put up for sale.

Posted by: RonKH | May 28, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal said he served in Vietnam.

All armed force members who have served in Vietnam receive the Vietnam Service Medal authorized by President Johnson.

It appears that Mr. Blumenthal did not receive the Vietnam Service Medal, because he did not serve in Vietnam.

Yet Mr. Blumenthal said he served in Vietnam implying that he did receive the Vietnam Service Metal.

This is pure dishonestly for Mr. Blumenthal to imply he earned the Vietnam Service Metal when he knew he didn't earn that metal.

If CT voters want a dishonest Senator representing them in November, vote for Blumenthal. If CT voters want an honest Senator representing them in November, vote against Blumenthal.

Posted by: Chuck8764 | May 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal SERVED, unlike those cowardly draft-dodgers who were voted in by the whining and fearful conservatives!

End of story!

Posted by: gkam | May 27, 2010 11:42 AM
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You mean like Clinton and Biden, blowhard? I supposed you voted for war heroes Bush41 and Dole when they ran against the draft dodger. You do have principles don't you?

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal SERVED, unlike those cowardly draft-dodgers who were voted in by the whining and fearful conservatives!

End of story!

Posted by: gkam | May 27, 2010 11:42 AM
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You mean like Clinton and Biden, blowhard? I supposed you voted for war heroes Bush41 and Dole when they ran against the draft dodger. You do have principles don't you?

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal SERVED, unlike those cowardly draft-dodgers who were voted in by the whining and fearful conservatives!

End of story!

Posted by: gkam | May 27, 2010 11:42 AM
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You mean like Clinton and Biden, blowhard? I supposed you voted for war heroes Bush41 and Dole when they ran against the draft dodger. You do have principles don't you?

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Better a liar than a filthy, corrupt, convicted pornographer/con artist like McMahon.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 2:10 PM

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Incidentally, Linda McMahon hasn't been "convicted" of anything worse than a parking ticket. The pro wrestling steroid scandal of the 1990s ended primarily in the WWF's favor . . .

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 27, 2010 3:10 PM
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Poor Drindl. Don't confuse her with facts. They'll just mess up her liberal fantasy world. Lies are so much more appropriate to her arguments.

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"He is on videotape saying he served in Vietnam, and he did not."

Three minutes after he made it clear he was stateside....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 27, 2010 4:22 PM
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LOL. The ship has already sailed on Blumenthal's Vietnam lies. It wasn't a one time thing. How about his gig as captain of the swimming team?

Add kreuz_missile to the long list of libs whose credibility goes right down the toilet when they stop cutting and pasting and post what they really believe.

At least he's got the Blumenthal talking points down.

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I think it's about time for the drooling subnormal moron Ace McNumbnuts to take off his bumblingberry hat and put on his Brigade hat.

Did mommy fix you a good lunch today, McNumbnuts?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 27, 2010 1:10 PM
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The only McNumbnuts koolkat knows is the guy who gave him the sore throat and the sore rump.

Posted by: Brigade | May 27, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Quick, WaPo! You must hire screwjob15 immediately! He is clearly highly intelligent and he is not afraid to call someone a hack! No matter how much experience Chris has or how much he has learned from Charlie Cook!

Posted by: dognabbit | May 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse


WaPo hacks like Cillizza are completely in the bag for Barry and are never to be trusted to play the story straight if it involves a Dem politician.

Rasmussen has it Blumenthal +3 which is within the margin of error of the poll.

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 27, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Veterans get the short end of the stick. If the people of CT have heard a little or a lot and still think they guy is ok doesn't say much for those you actually served. People are avoiding NM for immigration, guess CT is off the list for Vets.

Posted by: alantich2000 | May 27, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Saint Ronald of Reagan repeatedly stated he was part of the liberation of the concentration camps in WW2 despite the fact he was in reality back in sunny California.

Now, where are all the holier than thou Republican types now?

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 27, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Mis-statements!" What a hoot. He represented for years that he was a Viet Nam vet. He knowingly let newspapers publish articles that mischaracterized his military record. And while it has been widely reported that many Viet Nam vets were indeed spat upon and called "baby killers" his bogus Viet Nam service makes his representation that he received the same treatment a bigger lie.

His is a crime of integrity, which can truly be judged only by the public. But if he will lie about something that is extremely sensitive to everyone of his generation -- and doubly so for real Viet Nam vets -- where does this Obamanista shill get off saying Blumenthal THE LIAR has SURVIVED? If he does, that remains to be seen. And even if "Silly Z" thinks he has, it is more wishful thinking than anything. This is a journalist?

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | May 27, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"He is on videotape saying he served in Vietnam, and he did not."

Three minutes after he made it clear he was stateside....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 27, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

you are discussing the rantings of a lunatic. do you really take her seriously?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Blarg wrote:
You know who's really bad? Arnold Schwarzenegger. I've seen him murder countless people.

"Yes, but they were all bad."

Incidentally, Linda McMahon hasn't been "convicted" of anything worse than a parking ticket. The pro wrestling steroid scandal of the 1990s ended primarily in the WWF's favor -- they didn't look good, but they didn't get hit with any serious penalties. And of course, any "pornography" in which WWE might have engaged would have had to be mighty tame, considering WWE shows are aired on cable networks like USA and SpikeTV that don't allow explicit content. I suspect that a lot of those accusing McMahon of promoting a product rife with sleaze -- beyond the usual sleaze associated with villains in the hero-villain dynamic -- have been subjected to maybe four, five clips of questionable WWE programming over the last 10 years and have become convinced that that's what every minute of every show is like.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I refuse to call it a lie because the public record is filled with times that he accurately stated his service record--


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
the new liberal ethic. As long as you tell the truth 51% of the time, you are honest and noble. thst fits them like a glove.

Obama was wondering today if he had already used up his ration for the week.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Linda McMahon is a convicted pornographer and con artist?

You know who's really bad? Arnold Schwarzenegger. I've seen him murder countless people. He doesn't even try to hide it; he does it right there on TV! He also taught kindergarten without a teaching license. Outrageous! Obviously the voters of California were unaware of his seedy past when they elected him. I'm just glad that Vince and Linda McMahon aren't getting off the hook so easily!

Posted by: Blarg | May 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

For all these holier than thou people condemning RB for his misstatement--and I refuse to call it a lie because the public record is filled with times that he accurately stated his service record--I want links where you condemned Vitters, Ensign, and the numerous other conservative politicians who have misstated or lied about their actions. As GJJ stated, plenty of pols go overboard. RB certainly did. He admitted it and apologiezed. Could it possibly be that CT voters simply won't judge him on this incident alone but will also consider his 20 years as AG where he served the state with distiction? Is he perfect? No, but perfection is not a human quality. He is still a heckuva a lot better than the alternative.

Posted by: trep1 | May 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's so silly seeing people clamor that Dick Blumenthal is unelectable because he might have lied about something. Everybody lies. Not just Democrats, not just politicians, everybody. And not just harmless little white lies. Everybody lies to benefit themselves in some way or another. Everyone making this big ruckus about Blumenthal has done it at some point, and I will laugh off any attempts on their parts to convince me otherwise.

I'm not especially familiar with Blumenthal -- my following this race has a lot to do with Linda McMahon's being in it -- but I imagine there are plenty of areas on which he can be criticized. Sticking to the "You shouldn't vote for him because he lied!" argument is preposterous. You might as well condemn him for sleeping, too.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 27, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If you say that Attorney General Blumnethal's lies about his service in Vietnam have not broken his candidacy, I'll take your word for it. Apparently honesty and integrity are not what Connecticut voters seek or demand in their political leaders. But I object to your use of the word "allegation." It is not an allegation that he lied; it is a fact. He is on videotape saying he served in Vietnam, and he did not. I also object to your adopting his euphemism "misstatement," which is a wrong or inaccurate statement. He did not serve in Vietnam, and he (presumably) knew he did not serve there, and said he did. That is not a misstatement; it is a lie. Whether or not you served in Vietnam is not something about which you are likely to be confused or forgetful. So he lied and called it a misstatement. He lacks the integrity and honesty not only to tell the truth, but also to face up to his lies.

Posted by: HughToo | May 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

he's gone back to moonbat this afternoon, koolkat.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Better a liar than a filthy, corrupt, convicted pornographer/con artist like McMahon.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why not? Ronald Reagan lied about his service, as did George W. Bush. They find votes or Supreme Courts to displace the actual servicemen who serve honorably, even heroically.

Posted by: Hans1924 | May 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

When the media refuses to attack democrats, whether they lie,cheat or steal, its hard to get the public worked up about it. Big tv production, media accepts his explanation in all their editorials, voila, blamenthal survives.

Posted by: jhr1 | May 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't say much for his constieunts. They seem to be willing to accept a liar.

Posted by: staterighter | May 27, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't say much for his constieunts. They seem to be willing to accept a liar.

Posted by: staterighter | May 27, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Democraps have no standards or morals, so why would they not continue supporting this lying sack of crap? The jerk is a disgrace, and his continued backers are almost as big a disgrace as he is.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | May 27, 2010 1:21 PM
___________________________________________
Posted on behalf of the party of Richard Nixon (and a long list of others.)

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The liberal hack media refused to call him a liar and covered his coward behind by the mantra of "misstatements".

The slug lied.

The media lied to cover for him.

This isn't over.

If you don't think there is more coming, then you better check the calendar. Blumenthal has the gaffe monster Biden cracking jokes about him.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | May 27, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Democraps have no standards or morals, so why would they not continue supporting this lying sack of crap? The jerk is a disgrace, and his continued backers are almost as big a disgrace as he is.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | May 27, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"2. The Obama White House really did violate Federal Law by trying to bribe him out of running in the primary, an impeachable offense. "

Whihc is why we impeached Ronald Reagan for offering Sen Hayakawa an ambassadorship in exchange for not seeking re-election in 1982?

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19811126&id=ibcsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HhQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5060,5317656

Maybe we should get Ed Rollins' opinion?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 27, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"W.W.E. fans all remember Stephanie from the day she slugged Mom in a spat over the Wrestlemania fight card, but we are not going there anymore. In fact, the McMahon organization has been busily scrubbing the Internet of every embarrassing clip it can claim a copyright on.

The McMahons made a mint off the formerly seedy, small-town entertainment known as professional wrestling by adding heavy doses of sex, more spectacular violence and a raw tone that bordered on pornography. Linda McMahon now likes to brag that she’s “created a product that is one of America’s greatest exports,” as if there’s no question that bringing half-naked women wrestling in pudding to 145 countries was one of America’s greater accomplishments.

You can overlook a lot of sleaze for $50 million. Simmons distributed a video of Vince McMahon, Linda’s husband, standing in the ring and telling a weeping female wrestler to take off her clothes, get down on her knees and “dammit, bark like a dog.” Nobody paid attention.

On the plus side, ever since Linda McMahon developed political ambitions, the W.W.E. has attempted to clean up the more outrageous elements in its act, sparing millions of impressionable children from the old hints of necrophilia, the abundance of gore and the side stories in which Stephanie lost her blouse in the ring, Vince ran off with a floozy and Linda was sexually assaulted by a competing promoter.

“One good thing has come from her run: Vince McMahon putting out an edict that there will no longer be any cutting of your foreheads with razor blades,” said Superstar Billy Graham, a retired wrestler who contracted hepatitis from a bloody competitor. “He has actually stopped wrestlers from cutting their heads with razor blades. This is a big deal!”

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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Mr. Blumenthal:

You should either:

1) Drop out of the race

or

2) Switch to the Republican party where liars are well accepted
.

Posted by: transtique1 | May 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This poll says nothing about Blumenthal and everything about the citizens of Connecticut. If they are so corrupt and jaded and cynical as to elect him to the Senate in November, the dark cloud of his lies and his cowardice and his opportunism will hover over his every speech, his every vote, and his every utterance for 6 years. The people of Connecticut should realize that they will be held in the same contempt as Senator Blumenthal by his colleagues and the rest of the country. Shades of Thomas Dodd. Nutmeg?
Posted by: miglefitz | May 27, 2010 12:40 PM
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Who are you to speak for "his colleagues and the rest of the country"? What a thinly veiled attempt to influence a vote that is likely to go against your wishes. Stick to facts.

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 27, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

miglefitz, While the residents of the Nutmeg state may weep at the thought of your condemnation, given a choice between LM and RB, I will RB. I suspect that about 60% of my follow CT voters will as well. In the meantime, we can only hope that RB (if he should win) can does as well as to emulate Larry Craig, John Ensign, David Vitters, and so many other pillars of virture in the Senate.

Posted by: trep1 | May 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This poll says nothing about Blumenthal and everything about the citizens of Connecticut. If they are so corrupt and jaded and cynical as to elect him to the Senate in November, the dark cloud of his lies and his cowardice and his opportunism will hover over his every speech, his every vote, and his every utterance for 6 years. The people of Connecticut should realize that they will be held in the same contempt as Senator Blumenthal by his colleagues and the rest of the country. Shades of Thomas Dodd. Nutmeg?

Posted by: miglefitz | May 27, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

25 minutes out of my busy day, berry. Use quotation marks, print the link, cite the source, don't abuse the other posters. I'd gladly leave you alone.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Only the far left lame stream media would gloat about a liar doing well in the polls.


What does it say about the morality of the Dems if they don't care that their candidate lied about being in Viet Nam?

Yes, CT is a very democratic state, but lets wait until November before we start cheering for Blumenthal.

Posted by: joanz3 | May 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Bumblingberry, I am not at all surprised to see that the final paragraph of your 12:15 post has been reposted by "Gregory of Yardale" -- yeah, right -- on Moonbattery. That site is SO LOW and has such a poor quality of posters that I am not at all surprised that I would find some of your lesser work re-posted there.

Moonbattery is just for tin-foil hat guys and bunker psychos.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Mindless Madge, I am pleased I can fill your day with purpose, something that has escaped resolution in drivl's case.

you may want to "investigate" her postings too. she has not had an original idea since the 60s. For example:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/opinion/27collins.html

Peculiarly, no one minds when dingbat liberals do things that Repubs occasionally do. Like lying about military service, empty campaign promises, cheating on wives, spending other people's money, visiting strippers with campaigh cash, pouncing on interns, cheating on taxes - you know, all the usual liberal activities.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Bumblingberry, your 12:15 post was stolen yesterday by Newsmax. They slapped the name of Jim Meyers (no relation to me -- I swear!) and they have THIS at the bottom: "© Newsmax. All rights reserved."

Can they do that? Can they do that yesterday?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It must be so discouraging, bumblingberry. The Weekly Standard presents your 11:22 piece about The Promise, but they say it was written by some guy named Adam White. Is that a pen name you are using?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope zouk posts more of his psychiatric sessions, Margaret... read the whole thing -- revealing!

And look -- Linda McMahon is cleaning up her act!

"You can overlook a lot of sleaze for $50 million. Simmons distributed a video of Vince McMahon, Linda’s husband, standing in the ring and telling a weeping female wrestler to take off her clothes, get down on her knees and “dammit, bark like a dog.” Nobody paid attention.

On the plus side, ever since Linda McMahon developed political ambitions, the W.W.E. has attempted to clean up the more outrageous elements in its act, sparing millions of impressionable children from the old hints of necrophilia, the abundance of gore and the side stories in which McMahon daughter Stephanie lost her blouse in the ring, Vince ran off with a floozy and Linda was sexually assaulted by a competing promoter.

“One good thing has come from her run: Vince McMahon putting out an edict that there will no longer be any cutting of your foreheads with razor blades,” said Superstar Billy Graham, a retired wrestler who contracted hepatitis from a bloody competitor. “He has actually stopped wrestlers from cutting their heads with razor blades. This is a big deal!”

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

Those saame two rats ripped-off your 11:15 post, too. What is happening on the internet. People just feel like they can cut and paste other people's work and present it as their own.

I'm feeling really sorry for you, bumblingberry. Some of your posts are so good, the kind of thing publishers and web sites might PAY FOR, and then some other writer comes along and rips you off.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him the job of Secretary of the Navy in return for not challenging fossilized Arlen Specter in the Democrat primary has Democrats in a bind, because only one of two possibilities can be true.

1. Sestak is lying about it, which makes him unfit to be a US Senator.
2. The Obama White House really did violate Federal Law by trying to bribe him out of running in the primary, an impeachable offense.

Now, it turns out, Sestak wasn't the only politician the White House tried to bribe.


Allegations that the White House offered Joe Sestak a job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race echo an earlier report of a job offer to candidate Andrew Romanoff in Colorado.
On September 27, 2009 the Denver Post reported that the Obama administration offered Senate candidate Romanoff a position if he canceled plans to run for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
The paper said the job offer, which specified particular jobs, was reportedly delivered by Jim Messina, Obama's deputy chief of staff. One position cited by the Post was a job at USAID, the foreign aid agency.
Messina contacted Romanoff soon after news leaked in August 2009 that Romanoff, former Colorado House speaker, would make a primary run against Bennet.

This won't matter to progs, who find the Chicago style corruption of the Democrat party kind of cute. Charlie Rangel is still in office although temporarily not chairing the committee that writes tax laws, after all. And Barney Frank is still chairing the banking committee. And the only reason Eric Massa is gone is because he was going to vote the wrong way on ObamaCare.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Bumblingberry, Carol Lee and some guy are ripping you off. Your 11:13 post appears on Politico -- but with THEIR names attached.

There ought to be a law!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Bumblingberry are you aware that someone named Kelcie Allen copiesd your 11:39 post and used it on Americanthinker?

What kind of sneaky rat would do that?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, sorry for calling you an idiot

-Loud and Dumb

the idiot regrets his idiocy for calling another idiot so idiotic. go figure.

I think DDAWD may have to give up his "stupidest poster on the Fix" title. We always knew Loud and Dumb was an imbecile but ESL had us fooled up until yesterday when the full scope of the ignorance emerged. stay tuned for the race to the bottom. It is an old Liberal tradition.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

According to Liberals, the most important issue of the day is: whether we should bailout
Bobby Jindal and Hailey Barbour and whether
it is UnAmerican to make BP pay for their destruction of our planet.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 27, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I think zouk is really losing it. Since he so commonly exhibits projection, do you think this is from his own therapy session? Sure sounds like it. Revealing:


"I was displaying three common symptoms, she explained, which confirmed her diagnosis. First, I become agitated and angry when confronted about opinions or facts that differ from my own. Second, I get defensive and deflect uncomfortable questions during conversation -- a technique not commonly found in healthy dialogue. And last, I'm showing aggressiveness by resorting to ad hominem attacks when someone doesn't understand that my point of view is always the correct one.


I'm beginning to call people names when they don't agree with me -- similar to what a third-grader does when she doesn't get her way, my psychoanalyst admonished.


With this new assessment of my mental state, I certainly wasn't going to tell her I often chat with my cat named "Schizo," or that lately I've been drinking a lot of Syrah just to cope.


According to her, my common sense is undergoing some kind of entropy, my interpretation of factual information is diminishing, and my judgment is suffering from abulia -- a deteriorating ability to exercise my will, to make good decisions, or to act independently.


Apparently I'm becoming excessively subjective and inordinately emotional, as opposed to having an objective, logical view accompanied by normal emotions. It seems I'm slipping into an altered reality where life becomes what I feel it should be, or whatever I want it to be.

Posted by: bumblingberry"

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

just what we need. Another lying P O S in Washington. Thanks to the sheeple of CT.

Posted by: djrhood | May 27, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

According to Liberals, the most important issue of the day is whether we should rescind the civil rights act.

where do they dredge up this slop? Can they ever get over their bong smoking glory days when cost didn't matter and hippies were cool, because they never had to work (hi drivl).

drivl gets paid to blog in exact accord with her value. think about it.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That doesn't surprise me the dems are well known for voting for liars, just look at the white house.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Somebody ask the verbose bumblingberry if he was one of those who got suckered by the frat-boy in the cowboy outfit!

That pathetic fact discredits any comments he has to make.


Posted by: gkam | May 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Reading these flaming zingers from one side to the other can be entertaining, but not for very long. I would like to see not an outright ban on some of these guys (we know who they are) but at least a limit on the number of times they can launch. Then maybe some more reasonable voices could be heard.

Posted by: justmike | May 27, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

zouk manages to keep it pretty dumb just by the sheer volume of his idiotic posts.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This is precious:

"The right wing has so many factions at this point that their circular firing squad has the circumference of the Grand Canyon:


The Libertarian Party is considering running a candidate in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, saying GOP nominee Rand Paul – the son of a former Libertarian presidential candidate – has betrayed the party's values.


Meanwhile, Paul brings in a new campaign manager from Daddy Paul's libertarian "Campaign For Liberty." It's a fascinating group that has chapters all around the country:

Meet the Fayette County (KY) coordinator for Campaign For Liberty, Basil "Bazz" Childress.

Basil, you see, is a white supremacist.

He is the state chairman of the Kentucky League of the South. And the Kentucky League of the South is, as the SPLC points out, a White Supremacist Hate Group advocating a second southern secession from the Union.

The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.

Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.

Yeah. And here's bonus footage of ole Bazz talking about the "War of Northern Aggression."

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/tea-party-circular-firing-squad-who.html

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse


DECODED? RE: "FIX" DEFENSE CONTRACTOR AD

The Lockheed-Martin "Littoral Dominance" shield ("Fix" banner ad)... a visual allusion to an ancient alchemy/astrological symbol based on the constellation of Orion, the sword-bearing hunter, whose blade -- "The Sword of Orion" -- pierces an "S"-shaped Milky Way...

...the symbol said to represent a 26,000-year cataclysmic cosmic cycle that "End of Days" adherents believe will wreak havoc upon the planet in the year 2012?

http://1000petals.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/2012-what-will-happen-predictions-scientific-mayan-calender

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 27, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

drivl, Loud and Dumb and empty head Madge and now ESL. could this blog get any dumber if it had to?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse


My God, folks, he didn't dress up in a Captain Codpiece costume and parade around a flight deck, did he? Did he call himself The War President and send our kids off to kill hundreds of thousands of family members of poor Iraqis? Did he have others tortured in order to fabricate phony excuses for his War Crimes?

No, Your Dubya did that, and you thought it was great.

Blumenthal SERVED, unlike those cowardly draft-dodgers who were voted in by the whining and fearful conservatives!

End of story!

Posted by: gkam | May 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

mistakenly I thought zouk was actually having
an epiphony.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Overheard at Drivl's session this morning:

"You've become angry, you keep changing the subject, and you're resorting to name-calling," my psychoanalyst described. "You're living exclusively in an emotional world -- like a liberal."


"However, you're not permanently wacky," she happily reassured me. "Simply return to your conservative roots -- be patient, speak with reason, and stick to the truth."


It's much worse than that, she said -- she suspects I'm turning into a liberal.


I was displaying three common symptoms, she explained, which confirmed her diagnosis. First, I become agitated and angry when confronted about opinions or facts that differ from my own. Second, I get defensive and deflect uncomfortable questions during conversation -- a technique not commonly found in healthy dialogue. And last, I'm showing aggressiveness by resorting to ad hominem attacks when someone doesn't understand that my point of view is always the correct one.


I'm beginning to call people names when they don't agree with me -- similar to what a third-grader does when she doesn't get her way, my psychoanalyst admonished.


With this new assessment of my mental state, I certainly wasn't going to tell her I often chat with my cat named "Schizo," or that lately I've been drinking a lot of Syrah just to cope.


According to her, my common sense is undergoing some kind of entropy, my interpretation of factual information is diminishing, and my judgment is suffering from abulia -- a deteriorating ability to exercise my will, to make good decisions, or to act independently.


Apparently I'm becoming excessively subjective and inordinately emotional, as opposed to having an objective, logical view accompanied by normal emotions. It seems I'm slipping into an altered reality where life becomes what I feel it should be, or whatever I want it to be.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"I'm one of the last people on here you should think is the drooling moron zouk/kingofzouk/doof/snowbama/bumblingberry/probably several other screen names/Ace McNumbnuts."

He's posted like 25 times already as bumbling just this morning on this thread. Frantic...he'll probably switch to Brigade this afternoon.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

my error koolkat_. I should have known better
since your post sounded rational.
good question, my guess jake was kicked off
of here 3 weeks ago the evening when he had his spam meltdown and kept rambling about falling of the Empire State Bld. Seems like identities change here so often it"s hard to know the player w w/o a score card. Sorry about that honest mistake kookat_.

tactical use of a judicial appt oh how horrible. Firing career nonpolitical US Attys and replacing them with totally unqualified partisan hacks educated at Liberty Univ.
on the other hand is an act of courage
that deserves recognition.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 27, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone seen Jake lately?"

He is still active at other wapo blogs & was apparently only banned from this one.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 27, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

PS to leichtman. I'm surprised you still don't realize that the sniveling rightwingnut partisan zouk would never refer to a Republican as a miserable candidate, even if that candidate said he based his life on Mein Kampf.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 27, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Our enemies smell weakness:

Attempted terror attacks in the United States are on the rise, and it's only going to get worse, Homeland Security warns.

CNN reported on Thursday that an unclassified intelligence memo states "the number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period."

Terror organizations will also target the United States with "increased frequency," the memo warned.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

In The Promise, a sympathetic account of the Obama administration’s first year, Jonathan Alter reports that the president attempted to entice troubled White House Counsel Greg Craig to gracefully exit the White House by offering him an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. According to Alter, “the White House was anxious that the offer not leak, for fear it would look as if Obama were offering judgeships as consolation prizes.” Deservedly so.

True, President Obama’s willingness to use presidential appointments to end political trouble is hardly news. Rep. Joe Sestak, for example, disclosed the president’s attempt to use an executive branch appointment to dissuade him from pursuing his successful primary challenge to the president’s favored incumbent, Sen. Arlen Specter.

But for the president to make tactical use of a D.C. Circuit lifetime appointment is even more scandalous, because the D.C. Circuit occupies a singular role in our nation’s judicial system.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

LOL thanks shrink.

leichtman you idiot, I'm one of the last people on here you should think is the drooling moron zouk/kingofzouk/doof/snowbama/bumblingberry/probably several other screen names/Ace McNumbnuts.

Anyone seen Jake lately? Did he die?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

U.S. Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum fired, sources tell AP


Is this the dreaded finger pointing? Obungler is going to need to grow some more fingers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House is having a tough time finding anyone willing to take on the thankless job of director of National Intelligence after firing retired Admiral Dennis Blair. If the newspaper’s reporting is to be believed, the post has already been turned down by CIA director Leon Panetta and former senator Chuck Hagel.

no one with any integrity wants to work for this clown.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Mr. President, your senior adviser David Axelrod said this week that it would be a “serious breach of the law” if a White House official offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job, like Secretary of the Navy, in order to get him out of the Senate primary in Pennsylvania. However, Axelrod also said that the White House had concluded the allegations were “unwarranted.”


Are they “unwarranted” because no one ever discussed a job with Sestak or are they “unwarranted” because lawyers decided there’s nothing legally or ethically wrong with such an offer? And do you support the call all seven Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans made this week for appointment of a special counsel to investigate?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. President, in light of the fact that your administration was responsible for approving the permit for BP’s offshore oil drilling and waiving an environmental impact statement, do you think someone needs to be fired? And shouldn’t you have addressed the misconduct and undue coziness with industry that seems to have been rife at the Minerals Management Service before you moved in March to give the same agency authority to open new areas to offshore drilling?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Rasmussen is as much of a joke as Fox -- they work hand in glove."

That's exactly the point - most polling firms make their money working for candidates and parties helping them get elected by deciphering public opinion. Ras makes their money selling results to "news" organizations to drive campaign narratives. As elections get closer, there is a reason why their frequency of polling declines, most of the time there ar no more narratives to write, but they need one or two really accurate polls to keep their mystique alive (this is also why they tout their accuracy in predicting elecitons in polls days before election day, not months in advance).

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I see drivl and the Loons would prefer to talk about what is posted on their hate sites, the only means they have of participating.

drivl, go into your brain, press F5, copy and paste the result. we have seen enough of your lame side excuses for obunglers failures. Get a life while you're at it.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Addendum to "scrivener" post below:

My comment took a full one minute, 15 seconds before it was posted... as strange URLs churned in my browser task bar.

This reporter does not believe the delay was caused by WaPo's website. Here's what I think happened -- AGAIN:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

LETFREEDOMRING2 wrote:
It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.


It is
the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
The VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN who
salutes the Flag,


It is
the
VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,


ETERNAL
REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON
THEM.

The Commander in Chief will not be attending services at Arlington this Memorial Day. He is otherwise engaged.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 27, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Rasmussen is as much of a joke as Fox -- they work hand in glove. But since this is a non-story and Blumenthal will win this by 30 points -- especially as more comes out about McMahon's criminal history-- we will switch to Nevada, which is far more fun:

"Former Nevada state Rep. Sharron Angle, who has become the Tea Party favorite in the Republican primary for Senate, is now working to distance herself from a possible weakness in the race -- accusations that she has ties to the Church of Scientology.

As the Las Vegas Sun reports, the Angle campaign has scrubbed its website of a claim that she approached Sen. John Ensign, along with actresses Kelly Preston and Jenna Elfman, to sponsor legislation that would prohibit schools from requiring students to take psychotropic drugs. Preston and Elfman are prominent Scientologists, and the church opposes the use of psychiatric drugs. Now, Angle's website only says that Ensign sponsored a bill "at Angle's request."

This comes after Sue Lowden, the establishment-backed candidate in the race, ran an ad that attacked Angle for having "pushed a bill favored by the Church of Scientology, using tax dollars to give massages to prisoners."

In fact, Angle never formally presented a bill, but she did try to gain support for a prison drug rehabilitation program that would involve prisoners quitting drugs cold turkey, with saunas and massages as part of treatment -- an idea promoted by the Church of Scientology.

Angle also tried to organize a legislative trip to a jail in Mexico that uses this program, and the trip would have been paid for by an individual who is a Scientologist, according to the Sun."

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what the State Bar thinks about his "misstatements"...sounds like moral turpitude to me...

Posted by: samwoods77 | May 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Fun and informtive reading in the NY Times today.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/the-palin-brand/

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the title be "Blumenthal May Survive Vietnam Lie"?

It's shorter so the type could be larger, but I guess that doesn't suit the suits at the Washington Post.

Let's hope the voters value honesty, character, and integrity in the ballot box.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 27, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

BLUMENTHAL VIET FANTASY A MERE BLIP COMPARED TO SESTAK JOB GAFF

The Sestak White House job offer presents the Dems with a much greater challenge than Dick Blumenthal's Vietnam fantasies...

...and the "Obama's Katrina" meme, apparently advanced by political opponents seeking to take advance of what could prove to be a manufactured crisis, presents the greatest political threat of all to the Dems.

Can't help but wonder why CC has not opined upon those two current affairs in today's blog. Will Obama address the Sestak issue at his presser? Easiest way out: admit someone goofed and agree to cooperate with any probe.

***

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 27, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

McMahon's 'business' has a long and nasty criminal record and she herself is one of the most unsavory characters on the political scene, and that's saying a lot. CT voters are simply recognizing that Blumenthal may have embellished his military record but at least he has one -- and a long history of honest public service.

Whereas McMahon paid doctors to pump entertainers full of steroids that later killed at least one of them, to make a fortune off an industry that glamorizes rape, brutality and necrophilia.

It's an easy choice, really.

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow. If there's just one class of person you don't want to run against a guy you're trying to paint as a dirty fibber, it's a pro wrestling promoter. And lest you think I'm discriminating against Linda McMahon for that reason, do note that I am a pro wrestling fan -- I just think that the nature of the business isn't going to endear voters to one of the masterminds behind it.

Not that the vast majority of voters really care whether or not a person actually lied. They just like to throw the word out there in the hopes that no one will actually look into it and thus risk proving them wrong.

Regarding the divide between favorability and experience/qualifications mentioned several times thus far in the comments section here, I think it's important to point out that a lot of people these days are conditioned to believe you can't trust a politician who might know what he's doing. The idea, I suppose, is that if someone is as clueless and unwilling to learn about the process as you are, that person is more likely to vote for the things you support. In reality, of course, that person, if elected, will just get swept up by the people who do know what they're doing and will be made to vote as they vote. But hey, you can't think about that -- you might be tempted to learn something.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 27, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Politics has dozens of words for “lie” for the same reason that Eskimos have many words for snow – they are necessary to describe the scope and sweep of the rampant duplicity inherent to politics .

Blumenthal and the leftist media here provide yet another graphic illustration of the reason that facile duplicity is the first and foremost qualification for public office.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | May 27, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Ken Salazar, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 27, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

if osama bin laden said he was a democrat,connecticut and massachusets would vote for him.connecticut is going from one liar(dodd)to another liar(blumenthal)no benefit for the country if the liar replaces another liar.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 27, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that Rob Simmons just ran out of money. But I know he is the best person for the job. Intelligent, honest and with a track record of service - he is the BEST!!

The faults of the system are keeping him from the job.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"The most accurate Poll numbers from Rasmussen (the most accurate poll the last two elections), Blumenthals lead is down to 3 percentage points - 48% to 45% for McMahon. Once again the Washington Post resorts to lies to try to protect a Democrat. Blumenthal has no chance to be elected - just wait until the campaign swings into full gear."

Let's make a wager. I say Blumenthal wins in November by 10, minimum. What do you want to offer?

The problem with Rasmussen is they, like all pollsters, are a business. They know how to make money, and they do so by selling conservaitve media outlets polls that shake things up and create storylines. They like doing these polls with skewed projections of the electorate (even numbers of registered republicans and Dems, etc) and over poll in areas that all are in agreement about the results being in republicans favor to skew perceptions about the electorate nationwide. As elections draw closer, they "recalibrate" their assumptions about the electorate to bring it more in line with reality in order to advertise that "most accurate" pollster nonsense.

But, if they were so sure of themselves, why did they do no tracking polls of the contested primaries and special elections recently? Because they couldn't simultaneously throw out headlines touting a republican surge while trying to go for accuracy with a realistic sample, and they didn't want to lose out on ther "accuracy" claim. this is why polls six to eight months, or in the case of the presidency YEARS out, don't matter, because polls are based on assumptions about the electorate, and you can't judge the accuracy of this poll based on past performance. They know exactly what they are doing, and business is booming because of it.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

koolkat is not zouk

Posted by: shrink2 | May 27, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse






Simmons does not think McMahon can win Conn. Senate race
By Jordan Fabian - 05/26/10 06:04 PM ET

Former GOP Senate candidate Rob Simmons (Conn.) said Wednesday he does not think his ex-primary opponent Linda McMahon can beat her Democratic opponent.


In an interview with the conservative National Review, the former congressman said McMahon cannot defeat state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic nominee:

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R., Conn.) tells National Review Online that he does not think that Linda McMahon can win in the Nutmeg State. “No, I don’t think so at all,” he tells us. And if McMahon asks Simmons for help on the trail, he says he’ll say he is “preoccupied.”

On Tuesday, Simmons suspended his campaign against McMahon, the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, who has spent a good deal of her personal wealth on the race.


In his remarks, Simmons was noncommittal about endorsing or campaigning for McMahon.

"But the ex-congressman said McMahon could also face attacks on her character on the trail due to allegations of suspect activity during her tenure running the wrestling circuit"

“While she was there, they had a mentally-handicapped character, Eugene, who they thought was humorous," he said. "I find that whole issue, and how it was handled by [McMahon], severely disappointing," adding that she has "countless entertainment products that she’ll have to defend, especially when Democrats make them known to the public in coming months."

give it up realis. The only question on this race is CC's Tshirt contest. Will Blumenthal win by 20 or 30% points your choice since even
the Conn GOP understand that McMahon's candidacy is a joke. Even kool_kat aka zouk
appreciates that the GOP has "a miserable
candidate" in McMahon, so you are all alone
out their with your desperate hopes.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 27, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Liberals Lie. they will say anything to get elected.

No one is surprised.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 27, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

People on the outside are surprised and figured this dirt digging by McMahon would level the playing field.....however for those of you who don't live in CT here's a very simple fact; Blumenthal has a long record of service for CT and while he's not perfect for Dems or Repubs he's been able to gather unprecedented approval as our AG by being fair (for the most part).

Not many people in positions of power for 20 years can claim 80% approval. Look at Palin, she had it for her first year and then people started looking at her closely and she plummeted. Every single candidate for AG this year is basically saying I'm going to run the office like Blumenthal. Nobody has said they're going to overhaul the office or make drastic changes. They're promising a continuation and nothing more. That's how high the bar has been set.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 27, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

UNBELIEVABLE!

The Liberal Media continues to portray guys like this as a viable option for leadership roles. This guy didn't just mistakenly slip by saying he served in the Vietnam War, he repeatedly said the same lie over and over again knowingly.

Nice Change Obama!

Posted by: Winston13 | May 27, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The most accurate Poll numbers from Rasmussen (the most accurate poll the last two elections), Blumenthals lead is down to 3 percentage points - 48% to 45% for McMahon. Once again the Washington Post resorts to lies to try to protect a Democrat. Blumenthal has no chance to be elected - just wait until the campaign swings into full gear. Americans will NOT vote for a man who lied about being in Viet Nam, regardless of his political leaning.

Posted by: Realist201 | May 27, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are the party of stupid

This guy is a liar, plain and simple, and the democrats still would vote for him.

I guess that is no surprise since obama lies all the time too.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 27, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

... but only because Americans expect their politicians to lie about everything (and to cheat and to steal and to fornicate and to...)

Posted by: georges2 | May 27, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

By November, the only people still talking about this will be the Republicans who never would have voted from him anyway.

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 27, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

What a cart load of horse apples. He knew darned well what he was saying and what his intent was.

Posted by: DrFish | May 27, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

If the Vietnam issue is the only thing that McMahon has, then she has no chance. She will need a real issue. Right now, she does not have one. her commericals are about how she is a stand up person. But it does not look like she is going to win on character.
bsimon, as for the 2%, you might remember a poll a couple of months back where about 30% of the peopel thought that Palin had enough experience, but 42% or so said they would vote for her. You can't explain some things.

Posted by: trep1 | May 27, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I would expect Blumenthal to start running ads now to refocus the debate on the issues. He has weathered the storm and should also set-up a TV interview in about two weeks or so to show that he is moving on.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 27, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Blumie made huge mistakes. It's lucky for him the Repubs have chosen to run such a miserable excuse for a candidate.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 27, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

perhaps the most amusing number is that 31% of respondents plan to vote for McMahon, while only 29% think she has the right experience for the job.

I have some followup questions for the people in that 2% gap.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 27, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal is in the news, but its really McMahon that has the tough hill to climb. From the Quinnipiac poll:

"Blumenthal leads McMahon on every character measure, as Connecticut voters say:
76 - 15 percent that Blumenthal has the right kind of experience to be a U.S. Senator;
52 - 29 percent that McMahon does not have the experience;
60 - 27 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
45 - 24 percent, with 31 percent undecided, that McMahon is honest and trustworthy;
69 - 21 percent that Blumenthal cares about their needs and problems;
45 - 33 percent, with 22 percent undecided, that she cares;
73 - 19 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
54 - 23 percent, with 24 percent undecided that McMahon has strong leadership. "


When over half the respondents say you don't have the right experience for the job & less than 30% think you do, the outlook is not good. Its unclear from here how spending one's personal fortune will have a significant impact on those numbers.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 27, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Such a choice!

A disgusting liar or someone with $50,000,000 to spend for a 25 cent job....

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 27, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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