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Richard Blumenthal tries to answer Vietnam questions

Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's press conference this afternoon -- aimed at answering questions about his Vietnam service raised by a story in the New York Times -- made clear that the likely Democratic Senate nominee will fight for his political life.

Blumenthal's argument? Context matters.

He had two supporters speak before him to make the case that he had been with veterans at various and sundry events over his twenty plus years in public life.

In his own remarks, he repeatedly used the phrase "a few misplaced words" to argue that -- when taken as part of a broader whole of his public remarks on his service -- the few times he misled people about whether or not he was actually in Vietnam are tiny by comparison.

"I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to this country," Blumenthal said.

Democrats privately expressed optimism about how Blumenthal handled himself in the press conference -- he never wavered from his prepared remarks when answering a handful of questions thrown at him -- but, ultimately, whether Blumenthal survives this event or not depends on whether voters believe the context argument.

Vietnam broadly -- and questions about service in the conflict specifically -- remain a huge emotional touchstone in the country. Need evidence? Bill Clinton's dissembling about his draft status badly sidetracked his 1992 presidential campaign and only by a full-court press by surrogates -- and Clinton himself -- did he save his national hopes.

Is then the idea of a "few" misstatements and expressing "regret" for those comments enough for those newly skeptical voters?

There are still several questions would seem to need to be answered when it comes to determining Blumenthal's fate:

*Did he really only misspeak a handful of times? Or did he misspeak lots more times in order to build up his bona fides on military issues?

*Will other examples of misstatements -- whether on Vietnam or other elements of Blumenthal's resume -- surface?

* Will any Democrat come out and call for Blumenthal to give a deeper explanation of his deferments as well as the way he characterized his service? Or even call on him to step aside from the Senate race?

While the last 24 hours have to be the worst of Blumenthal's long political career he did get some unexpected help from former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) whose campaign immediately claimed credit for helping to plant the story in the New York Times.

It's a given that rival campaigns -- McMahon along with former Rep. Rob Simmons are running for the Republican Senate nod -- work with reporters to get out unsavory information about their opponent.

But, by immediately trying to seize credit for the story, the McMahon side allowed Blumenthal and national Democrats to politicize the story and turn it into a narrative about Republicans out to get a good man -- a far better storyline than Blumenthal could hope for in the immediate aftermath of the Times story.

It's hard to imagine Blumenthal has spoken his last about his Vietnam record. And, it's also hard to imagine that the Connecticut race is now indeed a real race for the first time since Blumenthal replaced embattled Sen. Chris Dodd as the odds-on Democratic nominee earlier this year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
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Connecticut Senate candidate Blumenthal knew what he was doing. He's a politician who wishes he went to Vietnam and now lies about it to pretend he's a war veteran. No character in this man.

Posted by: JimMcB | May 21, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

An apology is due to the Veterans who served in Vietnam. Once again Richard Blumenthal is lying, he said “in Vietnam”. Along with I take full responsibility, how ridiculous, no one else said the lie, but himself. He never set the record straight and allowed his lies to continue.

For the last 20 years Richard Blumenthal has lied, met with decision makers against court orders, and twisted historical facts about the Schaghticoke and Eastern Pequot people to have their rightful Federal Recognition ripped away. A process, which was suppose to be free of political influence and backroom deals. Blumenthal took the lead in orchestrating the modern day genocide, also using research from researchers that were not accredited. The ethnic cleansing was done with the stroke of a pen against two of CT’s first families and continues to this very day.

Attorney General Blumenthal has the fiduciary duty and responsibility to uphold the law and to protect all CT’s citizens, including the Schaghticoke people and their Reservation. The Attorney General and the Department of Environmental Protection have been negligent in upholding their fiduciary duty, therefore, allowing hate crimes to occur against Schaghticoke citizens, and their Reservation. Desecration of historical burial grounds, historically significant areas, threats of shooting Schaghticoke citizens, burning of and damage to their pavilion, timber sold to towns for home heating programs, destroying over 10 acres of pristine forest, some of which are historically significant, wetlands, habitats of endangered species, recklessly destroyed with no regard to human or animal life. NO arrests have been made regarding these criminal acts.

Would this happen in a cemetery where Richard Blumenthal’s family is buried, Gov. Rell or then Commissioner McCarthy of DEP? Would you allow this to happen to your deceased family members? Would you allow your property to be destroyed? Threatening your family with rifles? The entire state of CT has turned a blind eye aiding in these sickening injustices, only to serve, unto the ego of Attorney General Blumenthal to win at any cost. The lies, along, with distorting the history of one of CT’s first families is a total mockery against their race. Don’t criticize Arizona, please look in your own backyard. Today it the civil rights of the Schaghticoke people, tomorrow it could be your rights.

Will Attorney General Blumenthal be your next Senator? Certainly, NOT mine.

Posted by: justice11 | May 20, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

All you Dems who want to protect the liar but criticize McMahon for reporting the lies -- hogwash. I don't care for McMahon but she didn't tell the lies -- Blumenthal did. I saw the video of one of his speeches in 2008 and there was no possibility of "mis-speaking" or "context." It was a matter of Blumenthal telling a bald-face lie about his "service in Vietnam."

I served in Korea, but was lucky in that the cease-fire occurred while I was on my way to Korea. So whenever anyone asks me if I served in Korea, I say yes, but ALWAYS explain that the shooting had ended ... Thank God. There is nothing disgraceful about being lucky, but it is absolutely shameful and unforgivable to lie about being a hero in time of war as Blumenthal did. VOTE AGAINST BLUMENTHAL, THE LIAR WHO LIES ABOUT HIS PREVIOUS LIES.

Posted by: RonKH | May 19, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

So all this boils down to is that now he is lying about having lied.

Posted by: hershel1 | May 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As a delegate to the Democratic State Convention, I can safely say that on Friday night, we will nominate Dick Blumenthal and he will win in November.

As a matter of fact, doesn't matter which of the Republicans win their convention or their primary (Linda, Rob or Pete) once their entire backgrounds become public it'll be just a matter of kickin' butt and taking names. And they can thank Linda's flunkies for it.

Posted by: JohninConnecticut | May 19, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

POSERS. Posers is what you call someone like Blumenthal. A lying,low life scumbag.
I wouldn't trust him to wipe the oil off the bottom of my Harley!

Posted by: garybelcher1 | May 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I hope Linda spends the entire of 51 million dollars on her campaign and loses. Anybody who has to comb that fine for dirt that NO ONE has ever heard, not even an ex-CIA agent is no one I want as my senator.

Posted by: mariajohnson1 | May 19, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

After all the words and evasions, the man is simply a liar who tried to paint himself as a Vietnam Vet. How different is that from fakers walking around sporting combat medals? In my opinion, I would question whether I would vote for such a person to be dog catcher, let alone a member of the Congress.

Posted by: fgallo | May 19, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Richard Blumenthal has always ben incredibly self righteous, and now has been shown to be a total hypocrite. He has shown no mercy in understanding the "context" of others who he has criticized, and would have laughed if they said that they simply misspoke.

Now, rather than asking forgiveness for his obvious lies, since all CT residents have heard him make these claims for years, he simply tries to brush whitewash over them.

Hopefully, he will finally be retired so we don't have to listen to his whinjng any more.

Posted by: TuckerAndersen1 | May 19, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Why these people parse their lie,and try to challenge rest of us. He has put people in jail for a miniscule lie and then he does this should he not go to jail and least he should quit while he can.

Posted by: dadbarman | May 19, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Specter should have had the self-respect to STICK WITH THE PARTY WHICH ELECTED HIM.


Specter BETRAYED THE NATION BY VOTING FOR OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.


WITHOUT SPECTER, OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BE BIPARTISAN, AND FORCED TO COMPROMISE.


(FUNNY HOW ONE HAS TO FORCE SOMEONE TO ADHERE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES.)

SPECTER CAN BLAME TONIGHT ON HIMSELF - HIS BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - AND HIS VOTE TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS ON OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.

HOW MANY OTHERS CAN WE GET ????

GO AMERICA


TAKE BACK AMERICA


TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Dodge. Democrats were guilty of not believing that a Republican President would be so vilely dishonest as to lie us into war. We won't make that mistake about Republicans again.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Not a one of you b astards flinched at WMDs or Saddam planning 9/11 or death panels so don't give me any BS about the anathema of lying.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM
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You might have better luck taking up the issue of the Iraq war with some of the 30 Senate Democrats who voted to authorize it.
I've already said it turned out badly.

As for death panels, I believe it was you, the other day, whining about spending a lot of money so some old terminally ill guy could live an extra week or two. Someone will be called upon to make those decisions. Perhaps a government bureaucrat? No one suggested there was a section in the HCR bill titled Section 4327, paragraph 7: DEATH PANELS. I can't believe your so dense as not to know what opponents of the bill were talking about.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't like liars no matter what letter comes after their names. It's just that it's a lot more common for the liars in politics to be Republicans, because they don't care about whether what they say is true or not, as a matter of principle. Not a one of you b astards flinched at WMDs or Saddam planning 9/11 or death panels so don't give me any BS about the anathema of lying.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Lookin' forward to chatting with Blumie about his role in the Alamo, Pork Chop Hill, Iwo Jima, Bataan, Gettysburg, and the Little Big Horn. What a hero. LOL.

This takes HRC's Bosnia-sniper fable to a whole new level...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

You've got no room to talk, Cletus, you give a pass to Dick Cheney for lying us into Iraq, leading to the deaths and maiming of thousands of American servicemen. That's about as low as it gets.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 7:36 PM

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Two wrongs?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

(whisper whisper shmuh shmuh)

WHAT?!

OK, sorry ... never mind ...

Posted by: Noacoler
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No one's expecting you to become a Republican. It's to your credit you haven't bothered to defend Blumenthal. I can't imagine the Dems are really going to let this guy represent them in November.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

McMahon is not the issue. Muckworm Blumenthal is. Drindl would support John Gotti Jr. if he had a 'D' after his name. He'd probably be better than McMahon, right?

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You've got no room to talk, Cletus, you give a pass to Dick Cheney for lying us into Iraq, leading to the deaths and maiming of thousands of American servicemen. That's about as low as it gets.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I served my Army and the United States of America from 8 Aug, 1969 until I was Medically Retired 0n 15 Feb, 1986. I never went to that to that HELL HOLE we called Vietnam. Even though I served honorably for those 16 years,6 months,and 7 days, I would never insult the Vietnam Vet and try to achieve a false, and stolen, honor as a survivor of the conflict in which we lost 58,479 good men and women. And any fool that tries to do so should be dumped over a border and told never to show his face in this Country again.

Posted by: charlie_d_05 | May 18, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

keep sucking it up, suckers.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 6:21 PM

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And speaking of sucking it up, Drindl, don't you think it's about time you spit it out? Blumenthal's probably sore by now.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

My my my how refreshing to see Republicans having an issue with lying. That sure is a welcome change. So I guess we'll see them hounding Bush and Cheney for lying us into Iraq and for all the other falsehoods they pulled for eight years.

And it's nice to know they'll be savaging Sarah Palin for "death panels" too. And.. pardon me, my staff has a message for me .. be right back ...

(whisper whisper shmuh shmuh)

WHAT?!

OK, sorry ... never mind ...

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

It's all distractions to keep from talking about Linda McMahon's perversion empire.

keep sucking it up, suckers.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 6:21 PM
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McMahon is not the issue. Muckworm Blumenthal is. Drindl would support John Gotti Jr. if he had a 'D' after his name. He'd probably be better than McMahon, right?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried, if CT elects Linda McMahon, then CT deserves all that Linda has to offer.
Most people learn life's important lessons the hard way, sadly.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 5:51 PM

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CT would do better to send McMahon to Washington than to return Blumenthal, no matter how bad she may be. Voters have to draw a line or this kind of stuff will never stop. A price must be paid. Some veteran should b itch slap this guy and spit in his eye.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

For all the finger pointers trying to make this into a Republican this or Democrat that kind of a spat, kindly grow the heck up.

http://www.netherwood2010.com/posts/oil-champagne-and-blumenthal

Posted by: raynetherwood | May 18, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The man falsely claimed he served in Vietnam. There are generally lots worse crimes a fellow could commit, but this one apparently did it to get elected.

He lied to gain a public trust. He should resign. That he thinks to keep what he gained by deception, even after the lie has been revealed, demonstrates great arrogance, and contempt for the voters he tricked.

Posted by: Observer44 | May 18, 2010 5:17 PM

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If memory serves, Tom Harkin began his political career running as a Vietnam veteran. When he was exposed, he had the good sense to right his course immediately and change his status to Vietnam "era" verteran. However, I still think he should resign.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld et al never saw combat yet they "pretended" they were warriors.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 18, 2010 5:18 PM
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Just the sort of low class remark you'd expect from an ethically challenged moron.
Which one of those guys claimed to be a Vietnam war veteran? Why don't you drag your sorry butt down to the recruiters and tell him you want a rifle and a one-way ticket to Afghanistan so you can serve this chicken hawk currently in the White House?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how many folks NOW say they were part of the Vietnam War effort when THEN so many wanted to stay out.

At least those who ducked in the Guard or Air Guard did the obvious and others had "other priorities" were somewhat honest about their war service avoidance.

Posted by: sdexnorva | May 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Please, please. Stop with the "poor John Kerry" victimization. Kerry was no hero under fire in Cambodia nor were the medals he "won" earned heroically. Nonetheless, he was in theater and truly served his country. Blumenthal is a liar and serves himself.
signed - a disgusted (real) Vietnam Vet

Posted by: georgewood | May 18, 2010 5:09 PM
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That's it in a nutshell.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Did any of you notice that Politico used the word "exaggerate" instead of "lie"? I don't know about opponents of Blumenthal but it sure is true that Blumenthal is a consummate liar and ought not be elected to the senate.

Posted by: vitaglubet | May 18, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

A lot will depend on who the alternatives are. If the Repub candidate were a plausible alternative, Blumenthal's race could be over. But in McMahon, the Repubs haven't exactly offered a compelling alternative. What is a CT voter to do?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 3:40 PM
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Hopefully Dems will throw this fool under the bus and find someone else.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Linda McMahon can come up with a new wrestling character based on fat, horny Rep Mark Souder-R (His Staffer's Pants).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 3:25 PM
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Any truth to the rumor Souder nailed koolkat a time or two?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you even embarassed about carrying McMahon's water in this trivial hyper-politicized invented incident? This is really the bottom of the barrel.

Let's not talk about Linda McMahon's pornography and necrophilia empire, let's divert the conversation to a few words Blumenthal mmight or might not have said about Vietnam, which happened 45 years ago.

A new low for the Fix.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 3:01 PM

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Some things just can't be defended. Anyone who shares the drindl view of Blumenthal's outrageous falsehood is as ethically challenged as Blumenthal himself---and that's as low as you can get.

I trust the voters enough to believe that this guy is toast as a candidate.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

the usual sh*t from Rs:

'This is pretty sweet: a statement from President Obama blasting Republicans for defending the low liability limits that protect oil companies from paying for the economic damages caused by spills, costs that would instead be borne by taxpayers.

I am disappointed that an effort to ensure that oil companies pay fully for disasters they cause has stalled in the United States Senate on a partisan basis. This maneuver threatens to leave taxpayers, rather than the oil companies, on the hook for future disasters like the BP oil spill. I urge the Senate Republicans to stop playing special interest politics and join in a bipartisan effort to protect taxpayers and demand accountability from the oil companies.

As President Obama points out, if oil companies don't pay for the damage they cause, taxpayers will be left on the hook. That's effectively a big oil bailout, allowing oil companies to enjoy unlimited profits while accepting only limited risk. It's what Sarah Palin might call big oil bailout socialism -- if she weren't a flaming hypocrite.

Obama's statement comes as Republicans once again filibustered Democratic efforts to move forward on raising the liability limits. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are rejecting a Republican counter-offer because they say it is doesn't hold oil companies accountable. "

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

garypierce1


It is not misspeaking it is LYING

Pretty simple.

Prior to Clinton, when pols were caught, they resigned.

NOW because Clinton hung on - all the pols think they can GET AWAY WITH IT - THEY DRAG EVERYONE THROUGH THE MUD AND TRY TO GET AWAY WITH IT.

BLUMENTHAL IS A SCUM.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

WaPo: Where does it say he's a demonkrat? Your next article says "Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R)... wiuthg thje "bif the next art

Posted by: IQ168 | May 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

WaPo: Where does it say he's a demonkrat? Your next article says "Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R)... wiuthg thje "bif the next art

Posted by: IQ168 | May 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

WaPo: Where does it say he's a demonkrat? Your next article says "Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R)... wiuthg thje "bif the next art

Posted by: IQ168 | May 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal, like the politician he is, says he "mis-spoke". To the rest of us out here, he flat-out LIED!

I served in the military the Vietnam-era, spending my four years in the USAF without any of that time in 'Nam. There's no way I'd infer that my time on Guam was anything like what was experienced by those in-country.

I would NEVER trust a politician -- or anyone else, for that matter -- who lies about his military service.

Liars like him should never be elected to any office where the public is expected to trust him.

Posted by: Greg_12 | May 18, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It's all distractions to keep from talking about Linda McMahon's perversion empire.

keep sucking it up, suckers.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I am a veteran of three wars. Two tours in Viet Nam in 67 and 68, Desert Shield/Storm 1990-91, and Iraq in 2003-04. All in country. I have the DD-214s to prove it. I am tired of seeing politicians lie to the people and purport themselves to be some kind of hero when the real veterans do no such thing and, in fact, shun such a label. I feel that Blumenthal is a liar and fraud and has no shame. You can't "misspeak" about serving in Viet Nam or any other war or country for that matter. There is no gray area.
How do you repeatedly misspeak? That only reinforces my theory that he is a liar and fraud. Does he have the stones to think the voters are that stupid? George Bush didn't lie about being a draft dodger. He went into the Reserves to get out of active duty during Viet Nam. No secret. At least John Kerrey went to the Nam. He lied about what a hero he was but at least he was there. Blumenthal on the other hand disgraced himself and veterans everywhere when he lied about being a Viet Nam veteran. Regardless of what you think about Viet Nam or any other war, support those who served, many of whom did not come back whole, physically and mentally, and honor those who gave their last full measure devotion. In desperation, yesterday Blumenthal claimed that "context matters." I don't think so. He just doesn't get. He is in denial and has no remorse. The end doesn't justify the means, except perhaps in politics as he seems to think. I am not from Connecticut but Blumenthal is not who I would want to send to Washington to represent me. Please vote in this election, but vote for anyone but Blumenthal. If you don't care for McMahon, then vote for Simmons, or visa versa. Send a message to Blumenthal and other politicians like him, do not vote Blumenthal to the Senate.

Posted by: garypierce1 | May 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

In Massachusetts in 1986, Rep. Royal Switzler (R) ran for governor. When it came out that he'd lied about Vietnam Service, he had to resign from the race.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D) also lied about his combat service, but got a pass and still serves. Party matters in the media. This guy will get a media pass and likely win. but he will always know that while he may be a US Senator, vets are looking at him with contempt.

In 08 Mitt Romney said he regretted never having the opportunity to represent his country in Vietnam, but he was running nationally. He'd earlier told a reporter when running in Massachusetts that he never particularly wanted to serve in Vietnam.

As a Marine Vietnam vet--of no particular distinction--I'm bitterly amused at how popular we now are. The Right uses us as the heroes they'd like people to think they are, the Left uses us politically as another class of victims of evil America.

Posted by: MarineBob | May 18, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried, if CT elects Linda McMahon, then CT deserves all that Linda has to offer.
Most people learn life's important lessons the hard way, sadly.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Viet Nam war ended over 30 years ago. Most of the people can't remember that far back and fewer care to remember. It was a dark time in our history, and for some to try to get by the issues by stating that they were in the service or served during Viet Nam is really not the key issue in the race. What is important is to get a solid, politically savvy person into the slot being left by Dodd. Those raising the issue have greater issues of their own to cover and creating a dustup in the other camp is a day that you don't have to admit that you have no plan of your own. That is the Republican strategy from '08 with McCain - leave the campaign trail for greater important work in DC, then go on the news with Katie Couric, and then out to dinner with the wife. Everyone is looking to see what the opponent is doing and you are sluffing off. But beware, the dodge wears off.

Posted by: ronjeske | May 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"I guess a front page story in the NYT doesn't qualify. I don't recall Glenn Beck breaking that story.

Posted by: JakeD3 | "


This non-story was fed to the Times by the McMahon campaign, and they crowed about it on their website... so much for the myth of the liberal media.


Waitng to see the big ad buy by McMahon in the WaPo and Times that bought this round of the 'politics of personal destruction'-- nice way to divert the conversation from Linda and her pornography, violence and necrophilia empire.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@ atc333: I like your comma placement, but listening to the YouTube excerpt, it would not have occurred to me to read it the way you suggest

However, anyone who has witnessed the round of speech-making that campaigners go through, same several speeches again and again, would easily accept that they do 'misspeak' -- sometimes ludicrously. Their words come out wrong and if they even notice at the time, they just keep going. Every one of them. I'm sure reporters understand that and generally don't make a big deal out of it.

I'm giving Blumenthal a pass on this one.

Posted by: Palema03 | May 18, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh no he has a Vietnam record all right.
He was recorded, on the record so to speak, saying he was in Vietnam, when he never was.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"It's hard to imagine Blumenthal has spoken his last about his Vietnam record."

HE DOES NOT HAVE A "VIETNAM RECORD!"

Posted by: KrisinAL | May 18, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

eldergent has it exactly right (post below @ 3:55 PM):

"If the fool had just said "I served 6 years in the Marine Reserves but they never sent me to nam", that's nothing to sneer at."

It is a strange thing, indeed, that some people will tell lies, even when the truth would serve them better.

Posted by: Observer44 | May 18, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse


The two top contestants at the Miss USA would be more fitting as Miss Hezbollah and Miss Confederacy.

Look - more than a few people have mentioned that perhaps the selection of a Muslim as Miss USA is just political correctness gone wild.

Look - elected a Muslim-raised person DID NOT end the wars in the Middle East - that idea is stupid and idiotic.


And YET this kind of political correctness is motivating all sorts of people on the left -


AND it is showing how OUT OF TOUCH with the country the left is.


AND the rest of the country is looking to find its own identity separate from all this liberal STUPIDITY.


Time to forget about all this

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Taking credit for feeding oppo research to the Times and then trying hide the fact that you did it was not a real smart move on McMahon's part. But then again, McMahon and her staff don't seem all that bright in the first place - And I loved her idiotic staunch defense of oil-drilling the other day.
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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/mcmahon_campaign_scrubs_refere.html
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I thought it was smart of Blumenthal to take the high ground and refuse reporters entreaties to slam McMahon's campaign over this.
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http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/doh-linda-mcmahon-picks-now-to-call-for-more-offshore-drilling.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | May 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

A lying sleazebag seeking to replace a lying sleazebag. Priceless

Posted by: gman6 | May 18, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld et al never saw combat yet they "pretended" they were warriors.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 18, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The man falsely claimed he served in Vietnam. There are generally lots worse crimes a fellow could commit, but this one apparently did it to get elected.

He lied to gain a public trust. He should resign. That he thinks to keep what he gained by deception, even after the lie has been revealed, demonstrates great arrogance, and contempt for the voters he tricked.

Posted by: Observer44 | May 18, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the guy would have to bolster his military cred since he enlisted as a Marine.

Doesn't matter, the meme is out and he's gonna be toast.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 18, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It seems a stretch to me that Blumenthal's only problem was "...few misplaced words..." given that all Viet Nam vets have historically protected the integrity of their service by challenging anyone who is unable to validate their story about their service. Further, given the penchant among Viet Nam vets for challenging those who would pose as their peers, it seems doubly unlikely that the "misplaced words" were more a calculated gamble than a slip of the tongue.

The five deferments are not so unusual, as many, many people tried their best to stay clear of the military during that era. But in those days, the people who had multiple deferments and then joined the Reserves were almost always doing so as a tactical defense after additional deferments were not attainable. Even so, the tactic was certainly understandable, and actually is no cause for shame. That does not, however, explain how someone could "mistakenly" present themselves as a Viet Nam vet when they were in fact, never there. No consciencious veteran could "mistakenly" use language that makes themself seem like a Viet Nam veteran if they were only in the Reserves. Methinks Mr. Blumenthal got pinched, and no amount of defense by veterans who like what he has done FOR veterans since his service can make up for what is almost certainly a "calculated" error. It's the old axiom, admit guilt -- sort of -- and beg forgiveness.

Good luck with that one.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | May 18, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Please, please. Stop with the "poor John Kerry" victimization. Kerry was no hero under fire in Cambodia nor were the medals he "won" earned heroically. Nonetheless, he was in theater and truly served his country. Blumenthal is a liar and serves himself.
signed - a disgusted (real) Vietnam Vet

Posted by: georgewood | May 18, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

How does the fact that a Republican leaked the story make it easier to defend his statements? A liar is aliar is a liar. Oh wait, I forgot. The Washington Post.

Posted by: tlar1000a | May 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how all our Republican friends forget about the forgotten Bush years of service (awol) and Cheney's 5 deferments. Selective amnesia I suppose. I have 2 brothers who served in 'Nam-- called them today--neither one cares. I suppose most of the folks ranting on the right didn't serve either (at least this guy put on a reserve uniform). You people are so freakin sanctimonious-- pour another cocktail while you find someone else to hate. Seriously folks- you're destroying this great nation. Find something constructive to do--contribute to society--donate- teach- start caring about everyone. I'm from Ct. and I have no problem with this fellow-- he's done a lot of good throughout his political career. BTW when was the last time any of you helped a Vet? Thought so...So much BS .

Posted by: tutnyc | May 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It's not looking good libs. Hey Obama, perhaps you should start packing for Kenya, and please take your deadbeat aunt with you.


Choosing a community organizer as POTUS is like taking a janitor and making him the CEO.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

A few misplaced words--my arse!

Posted by: juhaszj | May 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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

Vietnam refers to what was learned, not the days he served? Is it possible that this is what he said on that infamous day? Has anyone listened to the actual tape? Awkward, but considering GWB's and Ms. Palin's numerous examples of words of art, not inconceivable.

Posted by: atc333 | May 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rhoffman

Of course, if Blumenthal were running as a Republican the mainstream media would be all over him in a furor, but being a Democrat gives him all the wiggle room he wants...with no more than a "tut-tut" from the liberal lackies. And, thus, shall it ever be.

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Same old meme. Same old lie. No, if he were Republican, he would deny deny deny, damn the evidence. Remember George Bush who went awol more than he was on duty in the Air National Guard? He got a pass by the press simply by lying repeatedly. Yet, somehow, the REAL hero, John Kerry, got swiftboated, and the MSM collaborated. There is no liberal bias, except maybe at MSNBC and a few internet source. Every other MSM is center to right because of the greed of the corporatocracy. And Fox just makes up the "news" by faking video, distorting photos and telling outright lies as long as they fit the narrative they believe.

Of course Blumenthal should step down. But don't pretend a Republican would--heck he would never admit any wrong-doing if he were a Republican. Any the msm would give him a pass. It would take Rachel Maddow or Jon Stewart to do the actual journalism to find the truth behind the right-wing talking points passed down from Rush's high perch.

Posted by: wd1214 | May 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Surely Democratic Socialist can demand this guy drop out of the race. How can they hold their heads up running a candidate so foul as this guy?To lie about military service is so insulting to all who wore and wear the uniform it is time for this guy to resign and leave the state!! If not voter in Connecticut should vote Republican to teach these lying Democratic Socialists a lesson.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting that several media outlets, like the Huffington Post, for instance, having pushed the Blumenthal story from the top of the page, as if to hide it. Obviously, they would never do such a thing if a Republican were in the same position.

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Oh boo hoo the world is so unfair to poor downtrodden Republicans, why, there are even times they don't get everything they want. Rumor has it that some Republicans in the House and Senate aren't getting all their demands met just because they're in the minority. Oh the indecency of it all.

Vitter and Ensign are of course taking the high ground, staying in their seats despite getting caught with their pants down.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I recall a conversation with a friend after release of Platoon, the Viet Nam war film. I served a tour of duty there and he did not. "I now know what it was like to be there" he said. Correcting him I replied, "you know what it's like to see a movie about it." Mr Blumenthal should stop this embarrassing parsing of words and do what's expected...blame Clinton.

Posted by: ecrutle | May 18, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Blum is off the military rose. Just another arrogant, egotistical politician inflating his resume. The voters will deal with this gross "military puffing". Blumenthal's parsing words and explanations remind me of Clinton's phony mea culpa when caught: "I didn't inhale" and "I didn't have sex with that woman". Both cowards should have resigned from public service long ago.

Posted by: spartan11 | May 18, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting that several media outlets, like the Huffington Post, for instance, having pushed the Blumenthal story from the top of the page, as if to hide it. Obviously, they would never do such a thing if a Republican were in the same position. Whether he is a Republican or a Democrat, Mr. Bluemnthal should end his campaign.

Posted by: jmroto2005 | May 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I've just got to say...it was a long time ago anyway. At least he wasn't so arrogant as to announce that he simply had higher priorities at the time, like Dick Cheney...if only I'd known that "personal priorities" were an acceptable deferrment, must have been the I A R code. standing of course for I'm an Arrogant Republican. the same designation as all the rest of George's Chicken Hawks.

Posted by: billt3 | May 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

One more short item...its 2010...the new millenium has begun...Is there anyone in America who is functionally literate that does not understand that politicians are for the most part misrepresenters, misspeakers, mischaracterizers, but that none of them are ever liars? "I may not have stated what I really meant." "I may have misspoken on that subject." "I should have stated it differently." And don't forget the all-time favorite...."That was taken out of context." Wise up America....the old adage is truer today than it was during the Vietnam War... AMERICA... CHANGE IT OR LOSE IT...
It might already be too late.

Posted by: fourklines | May 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess a front page story in the NYT doesn't qualify. I don't recall Glenn Beck breaking that story.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Like Mark McGwire, Mr. Bluementhal can't even bring himself to acknowledge that he lied when it is obvious to anyone with a pulse that he lied. And those lies are extremely consequential, as bad as if he'd like about his degrees. Simply, his lies disqualify him, in my mind, from both my vote and from being on the ballot, even as a registered Democrat. Perhaps as critically, he has motivated me to campaign for whomever is running against him. We deserve better than his kind in political office.

Posted by: jmroto2005 | May 18, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if Blumenthal were running as a Republican the mainstream media would be all over him in a furor, but being a Democrat gives him all the wiggle room he wants...with no more than a "tut-tut" from the liberal lackies. And, thus, shall it ever be.

Posted by: rhoffman | May 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, as Ricky once said: "Lucy, you got some s'plaining to do!" However, that said, considering that the McMahon's empire has been built upon the obscene caricatures of soap opera wrestling, which has distorted young persons view of what is normal, acceptable in behavior and their views of women and men, and undoubtedly caused many injuries to young impressionable bodies who have tried to emulate and duplicate the ridiculous stunts seen on her TV empire's programming, I would think that he is not yet out of the race. He has done a great deal of good for the people of Connecticut, and the US, and that cannot be dismissed too lightly.

Posted by: atc333 | May 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Read "Stolen Valor" by Burkett. It details the stories of men who claimed Viet Nam service in order to pump up their public images. A lot of "Baby Boomers" did not want to serve because of opposition to the war or because military service was beneath them or because a military tour would have interrupted their career path. Now, they need to have GI bona fides, so they lie. I know Viet Nam vets who have told me that they could respect a guy who opposed the war, even though they disagree, but cannot respect a guy who lies about having served. Bruce Caputo, running on the Conservative Party ticket for Lt. Gov. of New York, bragged about his Purple Heart from Viet Nam combat. It was revealed that he was never in uniform. He quit the race.

Posted by: Rayr | May 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if Blumenthal were running as a Republican the mainstream media would be all over him in a furor, but being a Democrat gives him all the wiggle room he wants...with no more than a "tut-tut" from the liberal lackies. And, thus, shall it ever be.

Posted by: rhoffman | May 18, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Dick Blumenthal -- just another example of what liberals consider a manly man. "Misspeak" is not synonymous with "lie." Blumenthal clearly lied - he can't even man up and admit it. I'm waiting for "It was Bush's fault," to make the story complete.

Posted by: poplab | May 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

it was a terribly sad show. they weren't misplaced words. they were lies. pure, plain, simple lies. at no point did he believe he served in Viet Nam. if he has any honor remaining, he'll announce he is no longer running.

Posted by: kipper72 | May 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

So Blumenthal should resign... huh? There's quite an outcry about his previous claim of serving in Vietnam...isn't there? Did he serve in the military at all? I think he did.
Did Larry Craig lie? Did the Senator resign after pleading guilty to soliciting gay sex in an airport mens' room? Did Senator Ensign resign after getting caught poking a staffer whose husband was also working for Ensign? Did Governor Sanford resign when caught red handed in an affair? Did Bart Stupak resign when caught living for a greatly reduced sum in an apartment in Washington CD paid for by right wing money? Politicians never lie...they only misspeak, mischaracterize and on occasion misrepresent....you tolerate it daily and have for years...YES, all of you. You are already used to it....sit back, enjoy the show...continue to elect unscrupulous, amoral people to lead our country and you know where we will all wind up....at least I actually love Chinese food. I think I'll have one from column a and one from column b for lunch today.

Posted by: fourklines | May 18, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

If you're a democRAT and you have to lie about your experience, perhaps taking a couple of lessons from Slick Willy would be a good idea.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

To quote Mr. B
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008.

What words did he misplace? If he is stupid enough to make such a statement then he is not smart enough to be elected to any office--not even dog catcher. I agree with the previous comments that a "Lie is a lie, is a lie, is lie" and not misplaced words.

Posted by: jslivesay | May 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The McMahon campaign by claiming credit for helping to plant the story in the New York Times FORCED the NYT to run the story.

Anyone remember a fellow named John Edwards and the pass he got from the MSM? Any scandal with a D next to its name is overlooked - who'd want to break up the love fest between the DNC and the MSM.

If only the NYT could catch Supreme Court nominee Kagan playing softball .... NOW THAT would be a scoop!

Posted by: Vivienne | May 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is for SISSD1, how do you factor into your logic that Mr.Blumenthal was a Nixon Republican at the time? He's till a piece of dreck in my opinion, no matter what party he belongs to.

Posted by: ckdstrider | May 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This isn't about Linda McMahon or Republican v Democrat or liberal v conservative or serving in the military or not. It's about one individual, Dick Blumenthal, who, not content to savor his life of extreme privilege at the expense of those who fought in his stead, proceeded then to stand atop their graves and wheelchairs for his own personal advancement by claiming their bravery and sacrifice as their own. This is a disgusting man. He should be expunged from public life ASAP, regardless of the office he seeks or who is running against him. To pay him a single tax dollar more or give him a forum for his self-aggrandizing, cruel lies would be immoral. And for the Left to try to minimize the disgracefulness of his actions (are you listening, Josh Marshall?) disvalues all that movement purports to fight for.

Posted by: mo-lama | May 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Have we lost our collective minds?? Are the vets on stage with this lying bag of poop even awake?? Blumenthal could have joined the American Legion ... however, the only way for him to join the VFW would have been through a claim of having FOREIGN military service during a time of conflict.

He is not eligible to belong to the organization whose well-intentioned puppets are doing their best to rally around him. Blumenthal is not a little liar, he's a big one. Not only should he be bounced off the ticket, he should be stripped of his Attorney General gig too. I don't care what party he is in, the outrage would be the same no matter what he was/is.

Posted by: raynetherwood | May 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the inadvertent double post. But you actually do really remember if you were in Vietnam or in the reserves safe at home DURING the Vietnam war. And if you get those two concepts confused, you may have dementia or worse, be delusional. Another ground for Mr. B pulling the plug on his campaign.

Posted by: mikegoat | May 18, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

fprawl - Ya'know. There's a site out there called YouTube. If you've got proof, why not post the link?

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 3:43 PM


fprawl was right. Blumentahl states "we have learned something very important since the days I served in Vietnam..."

26 second mark in the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3KgsgRfjhQ

Posted by: Hairistotle | May 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A lie is a lie is a lie. What doesn't he understand about that?

Posted by: klassylady25 | May 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

He steals honor from the dead and wounded and those who were and are in harm's way to protect even low life's like him. He may be guilty of a crime under the theft of valor statutes. He should withdraw IMMEDIATELY and go on a personal apology tour to VA hospitals in his state. Shame on him.

Posted by: mikegoat | May 18, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

He steals honor from the dead and wounded and those who were and are in harm's way to protect even low life's like him. He may be guilty of a crime under the theft of valor statutes. He should withdraw IMMEDIATELY and go on a personal apology tour to VA hospitals in his state. Shame on him.

Posted by: mikegoat | May 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

what i want to know is who paid for his education while he was a marine reservist?five deferments he had to know somebody way up in politics.i can`t believe a DEMOCROOK would lie to better his political career.him and slick willy(clinton) are two peas in a pod.DISGUSTING LYING POLITICIANS.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 18, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I vote Democratic and I'd hate to see someone from the party go down in flames, but Blumenthal needs to resign the campaign.

The voters, especially Nam vets, deserve someone who will be truthful about their military service. And did he really think no one would check his story? Fool.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 18, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If the fool had just said "I served 6 years in the Marine Reserves but they never sent me to nam", that's nothing to sneer at. I wish all government careers required military service - you need to pay some dues to ride the Gravy train.

Posted by: eldergent | May 18, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Just when I thought he would be a man and admit that he lied...he spun it again...and lied again...

So if he stole your wallet - would it be "misplaced"?

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | May 18, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of McMahon, this is an aQ in CT move: "Linda McMahon (R) whose campaign immediately claimed credit for helping to plant the story in the New York Times."

What kind of buffoon claims credit for this kind of release? Or is WWE helping run the campaign as though it were a PPV event?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

fprawl - Ya'know. There's a site out there called YouTube. If you've got proof, why not post the link? While you're at it, how about that Whitey tape Diannnnnnnnnnnne72 was always on about.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Is then the idea of a "few" misstatements and expressing "regret" for those comments enough for those newly skeptical voters?"


A lot will depend on who the alternatives are. If the Repub candidate were a plausible alternative, Blumenthal's race could be over. But in McMahon, the Repubs haven't exactly offered a compelling alternative. What is a CT voter to do?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a Youtube video of the man stating himself that he was in Vietnam.
Case Closed

Posted by: fprawl | May 18, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Linda McMahon can come up with a new wrestling character based on fat, horny Rep Mark Souder-R (His Staffer's Pants).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am a Viet Nam vet. Blumenthal is a scumbag

Posted by: tom_walker | May 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

more R perversion:


'State Rep. Jeffrey D. Perry (R-MA), who is also running for Congress, is getting some unwanted attention for his tenure as a police sergeant in the 1990s -- particularly for two illegal strip searches of teenage girls conducted by an officer under Perry's command.

While the officer was sentenced in 1994 to four years in prison, Perry was never convicted of any crime. But the Boston Globe is re-raising questions about the incidents in light of Perry's congressional bid.

In 1991, Officer Scott Flanagan claimed to be searching for drugs when he stuck his hand down a 14-year-old girl's underpants. Perry was the supervising officer on scene. The official complaint alleges Perry "observed the strip search'' but "did nothing to protect her." Perry, for his part, claimed that "it did not occur in my presence, and I have no knowledge of it,' , the Boston Globe reports.

In the second incident, in 1992, purportedly at Flanagan's request, Perry accompanied him to a 16-year-old girl's house. There, her parents later testified, Perry informed them that he and Flanagan had searched her for drugs, and added "oh, yeah, by the way, [she] pulled her pants down for us."

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Dick Blumenthal sure has a nerve
To brag although he didn't serve
As an active Marine
Now until he comes clean
His victory's put on Reserve.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | May 18, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the democrap party and elites making excuses for Blumenthal -- they deserve to be ousted as well.

Look what happened when they (Obama & the machine of the democrap party elites & insiders) all got behind lyin' Lieberman instead of the people's choice: Ned Lamont who would have been there for health care etc instead of the self serving liar Lieberscum.

CT and the USA has been paying for it ever since.

Time for the liar to drop out -- time to get rid of both Lying Lieberscum and Lyin Blumenthal !

voters take back the power


Blumenthal ought to be totally and completely ashamed but his pathetic press conference proved he has no shame and is unwilling to own up to his lies --"misplaced words" my foot.

I'm a progressive (former dem, now independent) and I'm completely disgusted by his lies and now by his dodges and unwillingness to say he lied and explain why he lied. (to further his political career by bamboozling the citizens, of course).

My prediction: Blumenthal is going down -- and deserves to. His arrogance, self-serving lies, elitism, privilege and hubris are part of the reasons that people in this country are furious with ALL elected officials. And in his case, it was absolutely unnecessary, simply proof of hubris and arrogance -- he is a LIAR and if he lied about this, what else?

Time to get rid of Lieberman too!

Both the democrap and rethuglicon parties are mainly in it for enriching themselves and their corporate masters and cronies-- they prove it every day.


Where the hell is Ned Lamont?

Posted by: demsRwimps | May 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Hilary was able to avoid those Bosnian snipers. Lucky woman.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Five deferments and now he misspeaks about being IN Vietnam...OK, yeah, sure.

Just another liar running for office.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you even embarassed about carrying McMahon's water in this trivial hyper-politicized invented incident? This is really the bottom of the barrel.

Let's not talk about Linda McMahon's pornography and necrophilia empire, let's divert the conversation to a few words Blumenthal mmight or might not have said about Vietnam, which happened 45 years ago.

A new low for the Fix.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Listening to his explanation was difficult. He might have been better off to leave out "searched the telephone book" part. Whoever believes that, stand on your head, to quote Henry Blake. I fear the idea that we may be using the word senator in the same sentence with McMahon come November.

Posted by: stvcar | May 18, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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