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Vietnam allegations threaten frontrunning Blumenthal in CT-Senate

Updated, 10:43 pm

The New York Times' story detailing Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) misstatements about his service in Vietnam -- he received five deferments and never served in the country, according to the paper -- has the potential to fundamentally reshape the Nutmeg State Senate race.

Writes Raymond Hernandez:

"What is striking about Mr. Blumenthal's record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans' ceremonies or other patriotic events."

Oomph.

Blumenthal campaign manager Mindy Myers released a statement late Monday night describing the Times story as "an outrageous distortion" although she did not deny the fact that the candidate had misled people about the nature of his service. Myers noted that Blumenthal will appear at a press conference tomorrow with Connecticut veterans.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Schultz put the blame for the story on Republicans and, in particular, former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon who is running for the GOP nod.

"Its no surprise Republicans would want to smear Dick Blumenthal, considering all of the debauchery at [WWE] under Linda McMahon's watch," said Schultz.

Ed Patru, spokesman for McMahon, responded that "it's become increasingly clear to us over the past weeks and months as we've researched Mr. Blumenthal that there are some very troubling discrepancies between what he's been saying and the truth."

Former Rep. Rob Simmons, who served in Vietnam and is also seeking the GOP nod, released a statement saying he was "deeply troubled" by the allegations against Blumenthal, adding: "Too many have sacrificed too much to have their valor stolen in this way."

Blumenthal, who has served as the state's top cop since 1988, has held a commanding lead in the open seat Senate race since he entered it. National Democrats spent months ensuring that the popular politician was ready to run if and when embattled Sen. Chris Dodd (D) decided not to seek re-election.

When Blumenthal entered the race, his poll numbers were stratospheric -- he held massive leads over McMahon and Simmons -- and Democrats insisted that they had saved a seat and, in so doing, squashed any talk of Republicans picking up the majority this fall.


Even amidst that celebration, however, there were some Democrats who warned that Blumenthal had not been tested in a serious campaign in more than two decades and that once punched -- as he inevitably would be in a high-profile race like this one -- he would collapse.

The Times story would seem to affirm the fears from those Democrats that Blumenthal was not the candidate he was cracked up to be.

"He's popular, but for no particular reason," said one senior Democratic strategist. "No one really knows him, and this fills in the blanks in a pretty devastating way." The strategist added that Connecticut remains strongly Democratic, which works in Blumenthal's favor but acknowledged: "It's a race now."

McMahon is regarded by most national Republicans as their preferred candidate due to her consider personal wealth and outsider profile. Simmons, however, does have an electoral base in his old eastern Connecticut district. The two will face off in an Aug. 10 primary that also includes investor Peter Schiff.

It remains to be seen how badly these revelations will damage Blumenthal's front-running candidacy. He faces only nominal primary opposition at the moment although the state's filing deadline isn't for another week. That week is going to be the toughest of Blumenthal's career.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2010; 9:39 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Richard Blumenthal, Rob Simmons  
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Comments

He was there and he also wasn't. Higbo of the planet Zartron explained this to me when he issued me my grey SMERD snuggy. I also now understand how healthcare saves money, carbon is poison, and spending increases investment. I am enlightened and liberated.

Posted by: jifko2 | May 21, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal is just trying what worked for obama...........for a democrat, its business as usual - lies, lies and more lies............as the obama media covers for them and their treasonous actions - anyone say hello, mexican invasion

Posted by: M_Algore | May 19, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

blumenthal is one big JOKE! The new buzzword for a LYING libRETARD is MISSPOKE. Admit it blumenthal, you LIED and you got caught. Another POMPOUS @$$ that thinks people are TOO STUPID to find out the truth. As a former Connecticut resident who has seen that state TAX, and run businesses out of the state, I hope the voters in Connecticut show this LIAR the door. Hasn't Connecticut and most of our states had enough of LYING DECEITFULL self-serving CLOWNS?

Posted by: AmericanVet123 | May 19, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal, Harken, Kerry, the Clintons, etc...what is it about dems that compels them to concoct lies about their real or imaginary military service? Maybe they should seek legal help from Eliot Spitzer or Elena Kagan.

Posted by: mso88 | May 19, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal, Harken, Kerry, the Clintons, etc...what is it about dems that compels them to concoct lies about their real or imaginary military service? Maybe they should seek legal help from Eliot Spitzer.

Posted by: mso88 | May 19, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: allenmicheals | May 19, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Whats the big deal? I remember Lt.Col. Blumenthal as the hero he was...running with Hillary on that tarmac under fire, dodging bullets and getting her to safety. We owe him a debt of graditute so back off you tea party right wing truthers! Embrace the lie er No new taxes for anyone making under 300,000 or 250 or well whatever you want to hear, Go Dems and could I have some more koolaid?

Posted by: bucknbullard | May 19, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

A misstatement is when you confuse facts by a small amount - "we spent 10 billion" when in fact it was 20 billion, or "we did that in 1984" when it was actually 1986. A lie is when you say something completely false and know it - "When I was in Viet Nam" when you were never anywhere near Viet Nam and spend several years making sure you weren't. Politicians never misstate - they lie

Posted by: wink1 | May 19, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

I remember Major Richard Blumenthal. We were stationed together in Phu Bai, in the dark days of the Tet offensive, near the ancient Vietnamese city of Hue – the worst days of 1963.

After one of our squad tripped an explosive booby trap that killed him, Colonel Blumenthal took over as the squad leader. We continued to march through smoking, dank ruins until we came under sniper fire.

Lieutenant General Blumenthal located the sniper and took her out with one shot, saving the lives of hundreds of men, leading us to victory, marching onward to camp, and personally negotiating the surrender of the North Vietnamese Army, and creating what we have today, the democratic and peaceful country of Viet Nam, a staunch American ally – proof positive that Communism shall not stand!

No, wait – That was “Full Metal Jacket”, Blumenthal’s a no-good, scumbag, lying coward. Clayton Lonetree has more honor than this piece of Whale poop.

Posted by: OldenAtwoody | May 19, 2010 5:13 AM | Report abuse

So what? he is a dem. this SHOULD enhance his resume.

Posted by: AmericanJim | May 19, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

If you could elect Chris Dodd, why not Dick? It seems that the better liar you are the better Democrat you are. Being able to get away with a big lie is a resume enhancement for a Democrat...and then there is the best Democrat of them all...Obama.

Posted by: ringmaster76120 | May 19, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal is another lying democrat who should quit the race and go crawl back under his rock. Any Purple Heart claims from his draft-dodging Weekend Warrior days?


Posted by: mso88 | May 19, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal displays astonishing rhetorical gymnastics in his "clarifications." Obviously a graduate of the Obama School of Smooth Talk, he'll undoubtedly receive the party's full support.

Posted by: mso88 | May 19, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Im sure Obama will continue to support Blumenthal - LIARS SUPPORT EACH OTHER, EVEN THOUGH THEY LIE ABOUT IT AS OFTEN AS THEY CAN.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Im sure Obama will continue to support Blumenthal - LIARS SUPPORT EACH OTHER, EVEN THOUGH THEY LIE ABOUT IT AS OFTEN AS THEY CAN.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I served in Korea in 1960. When asked over the years by many who were not so aware of the War years, was I in the Korean War, of course I said no. If I had said yes, I would have known very well that I was LYING. It wouldn't be a misstatement. These politicians are now refusing to except that all that do is lie to us? No no no, they are simply misstating things. Throw all the bums out.

Posted by: kevintheelder | May 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

It is stolen valor and the law is on the books to throw the bum in jail... Now get it done!!! http://www.homeofheroes.com/rollofvalor/

Posted by: dryhole100 | May 18, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend who served in Vietnam and who has been awarded a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars and a couple of Purple Hearts. He is a hero.

Blumenthal is a LIAR and a man without honor. If he is elected by the people of Connecticut who now know this about him, then, they too, have lost their moral compass and deserve this verminous character.

Posted by: drjon4u2 | May 18, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend who served in Vietnam and who has been awarded a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars and a couple of Purple Hearts. He is a hero.

Blumenthal is a LIAR and a man without honor. If he is elected by the people of Connecticut who now know this about him, then, they too, have lost their moral compass and deserve this verminous character.

Posted by: drjon4u2 | May 18, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Will you still need me,will you still feed me,when I'm 64?

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

Would those who complain about Cheny's deferments explain why they have relevance to Blumenthal's lies about having served in 'Nam?

Drinl complained that the exposoure of Blumenthal as a lying Viet-Nam wannabe has brought out the venom of Right-Wingers. Drinl may consider my contempt of Blumenthal Right-Wing derangement. If so, there's this, During the Viet-Nam War more than 303,000 American G.I.s were WIA, roughly half of whom required some hospitalization.

Approximately 7 3/4% of our WIAs, or 23,214 of us to be precise, were determined to be 100% disabled due to our wounds incurred, including Yours truly. And I can prove that I fought & was WIA in Viet-Nam, if not that I've the dubious distinction to be one of that particular set of 23,214.

How do I prove it? By offering you the website www.vietnamproject.ttu.edu/banshee & once there you only need check the unit roster for my name, Dave Livingston

I served 12 months of a twelve-month-long tour as a Lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division, 1966-7, followed by more than 22 months of another tour, 1969-70, as a Captain in the 101st Airborne in Viet-Nam, until WIA. IMO lying wannabes such as Blumenthal are barely worthy of my contempt.

If the people of Connecticut are morally bankrupt enough to elect this scumbag they will deserve what they will receive, a liar & deceiver, in Blumenthal. And welcome to him. Retired to Colorado since invalided out of the Army in 1970 I'll never need to speak to him or shake his hand.

Posted by: LoachDriver | May 18, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Only a moral relativist, seeking to manipulate listeners with linguistic gymnastics, would respond that he "misspoke". An objective listener, not steeped in the philosophic flim-flammery of "situational ethics", clearly know a lie when they hear one. Truth is NOT relative, is it objective and real.

Posted by: NCMike | May 18, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Lying is a badge of honor for Democrats. The bigger and more outrageous the lie, the better.
Don't believe it? Look at the
parade of Pinocchios we have on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: stvinw | May 18, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I really do not know what the fuss is all about. The first requirement of a politician is to lie and as a liberal he has passed the test. The liberals are experts at lying and he will be a star in the group of Obama Pinnochios.

Posted by: buffalobusy | May 18, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I really do not know what the fuss is all about. The first requirement of a politician is to lie and as a liberal he has passed the test. The liberals are experts at lying and he will be a star in the group of Obama Pinnochios.

Posted by: buffalobusy | May 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I really do not know what the fuss is all about. The first requirement of a politician is to lie and as a liberal he has passed the test. The liberals are experts at lying and he will be a star in the group of Obama Pinnochios.

Posted by: buffalobusy | May 18, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he served in the same Vietnam as Senator Tom Harken, in the region called "Fantasy Nam". Harken claimed during one of his own campaigns that he had flown combat missions over Hanoi, when, in fact, he had merely piloted training missions over Japan. (Reference: The book titled "Stolen Valor", by Burguet.) Gotta give those Dems credit for tryin', though. At least their Speaker, "White Flag" Harry, will be there to wave it again this November.

Posted by: Rocks66 | May 18, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"The candidate mispoke".

Back in the day, we called that lying.

Posted by: Jack64 | May 18, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who served in Vietmam don't talk about it in quite the way he did. The more a guy brags about his service during that era, the less I believe him.

Posted by: leeliksbooks | May 18, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

LIAR

LIAR

LIAR

Posted by: dsmaltze | May 18, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

As a proud member of the USN,I find it appalling that a person who has the responsibility of telling the truth in his daily duties did not think it important enough to tell the truth about his military service.This seems to be a very important part of the liberal agenda,tell people that you love your country,tell them that they want to pick you up out of the ghetto,tell them that capitalism is the reason why you have nothing.

And then when they have you hooked up to the kool aid IV,they tell you that you are not smart enough to take care of yourself or your kids and that government needs all encompassing powers so that they can make your decisions for you.And liberals,being the lame-brained morons that they are will them;YES!!!!Please crap on the Constitution and destroy the freedoms that we have had for over 200 years.We don't need them,WE NEED YOU!!!!

Posted by: mcap52 | May 18, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"Misstatement"? Is it now impossible for the Post or anyone else in Washington, D.C. to speak plain truth? The man lied---repeatedly---about his military service and claimed to be a Vietnam veteran. That is reprehensible, and he should be forced to withdraw from Connecticut's Senate race. But he is, of course a Democrat, and we all know that they are held to lesser standards.

Posted by: dkaag | May 18, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I forgot one thing. I'm an Army veteran of the recent conflict. One thing that soldiers hate is people lying about their military service. Not only does it cheapen the liar, it disrespects those who serve and have served. Funny thing... I don't believe I've ever heard a soldier use the term "misstate" or its nominal variant. But that kind of thing is fashionable in Washington, I know.

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

This guy Blumenthal is a scum bag,he will always be a scum bag,we can do better than him Connecticut,Don`t vote for this guy,we need to take back America.

Posted by: scubaron22 | May 18, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

A little editorial help for you at the WaPo. The word "misstatement" means a wrong or inaccurate statement. This is certainly applicable in the current case. For example, if I drink 2 cups of coffee and you ask me how many I've had and I say "3", I have made a misstatement. An *intentional* misstatement is otherwise known to simple folk like me as a "lie". In the case of my morning coffee consumption, it doesn't matter much. In the current case, where assessing the worth of a public servant is at stake, it makes all the difference. Both the author and the WaPo editors know this difference. Is their choice of the word "misstatement" thereby a "misstatement" or a "lie" intended to deceive the reader as to the severity of the offense?

Posted by: billandersen | May 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

BloomBERG Channel now reporting that BlumenTHAL "misspoke" (multiple, multiple times) about military service which he ACTUALLY didn't have in Vietnam.

You know, IN COURT, you have to SWEAR that you're TELLING THE TRUTH. Prosecutor, Blumie KNOWS THAT MUCH. He ALSO KNOWS that the PROSECUTOR ISN'T SWORN and so the State, through him, CAN LIE ALL IT WANTS, or, can GET AWAY WITH.

Blumie FORGOT that he can't get away with that in running for Public Office, AT LEAST NOT FOREVER.

I'd be EMBARRASSED to vote for this perv.

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 18, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Little by little....
One by one....

With each passing day, Sarah Palin looks better and better and better.

She has the record
She has the smarts
She has the charisma
She has the guts
She has the determination
She has the $$$$$
She has the spotlight
She has the support

And now, after publicly admonishing our president to "do his job", she has the cajones that our current crop of politicians lack


tick..tick...tick...tick....

...good-bye liberals....

PALIN 2012
CHANGE YOU'LL BE BEGGING FOR

Posted by: QuineGeology | May 18, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Every post by a Lib says the same thing. Others lied and did the same thing, so it's OK. Do you really think that his conduct is OK?

Posted by: abnashow | May 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Every post by a Lib says the same thing. Others did this and lied so it's OK. Is it OK?

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

Still no Health Records from Obama. (This is why he doesn't give formal Press Conferences. He has developed one of those HACKING KOOL COUGHS (which Doc can 'hold off' for 10 minutes at a time with throat sprays, BUT THAT'S IT) and, you know, once you start hacking away, its very difficult to stop and that would be DEATH to his Presidency, for the Public to see a HALF HOUR of uncontrolled incontinence from THE ONE on national TV.)

No College Transcript from Obama. (One wonders the SOURCE of his college funding. Was it REALLY that he claimed FOREIGN STUDENT status to get a LOAN, claiming Kenyan origin?)

No SIGNED-BY-A-DOC Cert. of Live Birth from Obama, just a Hawaiian pro-forma document.

Mom & Dad, making a NEWSPAPER announcement, attempting a CHEAP LYING TRICK in attempt to 'make' baby a Citizen by 'deeming' (SO Democratic a trick, as we've seen) him born in Hawaii when REALLY it was in Kenya, as Granny says.

Still NO VETTING from the mainstream Media and our Population are the greater SUCKERS for it.

So, Blumies LIES look like Clinton Follies in comparison. The Media see no big scandal in Democrat lies and even assists in magnifying their retelling in order to bolster their candidates-of-choice, such as Kerry's BOGUS CLAIMS for Purple Hearts when he suffered no injuries at all.

Audie Murphy he ain't. Media doesn't care.

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

stand up
buckle up
shuffle to the door
jump on out
and yell:
Dick Blumenthal's a lying piece of bovine excrement!!!

(I know, I know, it doesn’t rhyme but it’s the truth)

Semper Fi and welcome home brothers!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 18, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

stand up
buckle up
shuffle to the door
jump on out
and yell:
Dick Blumenthal's a lying piece of bovine excrement!!!

(I know, I know, it doesn’t rhyme but it’s the truth)

Semper Fi and welcome home brothers!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

stand up
buckle up
shuffle to the door
jump on out
and yell:
Dick Blumenthal's a lying piece of bovine excrement!!!

(I know, I know, it doesn’t rhyme but it’s the truth)

Semper Fi and welcome home bothers!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 18, 2010 4:14 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 shoud withdraw IMMEDIATELY and go on a personal apology tour to VA hospitals in his state. Shame on him.

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

My son is a Marine-an infantryman-who has served two combat tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Praise be to God, he returned from both tours healthy in body and mind.

I never served but have tremendous respect for those who, like my son, have worn the uniform.

That said, Blumenthal should do the honorable thing and drop out of the race. He has presented himself to be something other than what he is. More than anything it is a sad commentary on his apparently poor regard for other veterans. There is no middle ground allowing him to continue in this race.

Posted by: kdosch1yahoocom | May 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Gee. A politician who lies. This means this guy is definitely qualified to be in Washington.

Posted by: Denham601 | May 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Dick Blumenthal, not yet elected, will pay for his lies as did John Kerry (somewhat). BUT, strangely,'Sick Willie' was a draft dodger also a rapist who lied to a Grand Jury. Nothing. We still have to listen to him. Where is the justice?

Posted by: 1uncle | May 18, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Most of you people are missing the point. Blumenthal feels as though he was in Nam and with the liberals, feeling is what matters, the truth be damned.

Posted by: old409 | May 18, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal should GET OUT OF THE RACE immediately.


It is horrible to ASK people to continue to support him.


At LEAST Souder has the HONOR TO RESIGN.

See - about these SCUMBAGS


OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF IF WE GOT RID OF THE SCUMBAGS - INSTEAD EVERYONE TOLERATES THEM.

SO THE SCUMBAGS THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT NEXT TIME

THERE IS NO DETERENCE.

GET BLUMENTHAL OUT -


AND SOUDER SHOULD BE GIVEN SOME RESPECT FOR HAVING THE DECENCY TO RESIGN.


BLUMENTHAL DOESN'T HAVE ANY DECENCY.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you vote for this guy, you're just sending another consumate liar to Washington. He will tell any lie and work with any lobbyist to stay there. I expect we have enough of those there already.

Posted by: icmop911 | May 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Its no surprise Republicans would want to smear Dick Blumenthal, considering all of the debauchery at [WWE] under Linda McMahon's watch," said Schultz.

First ...

Smear? The only smear here is the Attorney General's smear of all who served in Vietnam, all who served and serve in the military, and all who demand ethics and honesty of their governmental officials and potential Senators.

A new Democratic candidate might be helpful.

Former Representative Rob Simmons served in Vietnam, honorably, really.

He should serve again in Washington, honorably, really.

Second:

Re: the WWE. I recognize that the WWE is "entertainment." It is not real; it does not represent itself as real. Mr. Schultz needs to get a grip. Or, better yet, Ms. McMahon can lend Mr. Schultz a wrestler who can give him a grip.

Posted by: Rick74 | May 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Its no surprise Republicans would want to smear Dick Blumenthal, considering all of the debauchery at [WWE] under Linda McMahon's watch," said Schultz.

Smear? The only smear here is the Attorney General's smear of all who served in Vietnam, all who served and serve in the military, and all who demand ethics and honesty of their governmental officials and potential Senators.

A new Democratic candidate might be helpful.

Former Representative Rob Simmons served in Vietnam, honorably, really.

He should serve again in Washington, honorably, really.

Posted by: Rick74 | May 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is it a "misstatement" when a democrat fibs but it's a "bald faced lie" when a republican does the same thing?

Food for thought.

Posted by: libwithiq | May 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Give it a break. I used to be a gung ho soldier. But as I grow older and more mature, and less susceptible to manipulation, I recognize that those who do not serve and jeopardize their life and limb were much smarter than I was, and that if we want intelligent leadership, we need to select those who are our betters and understand reality.

More power to Blumenthal. He didn't increase his statistical list of being terminated or physically and/or mentally impaired by himself risking life and limb. And say, we did have vociferous opponents of the war and others, who served in the Presidency. If you aren't aware of who they are, then it further demonstrates the lack of significance of "military service" in the current political milieu.

As for "lying," if a politicinas lips are moving you need to be sufficiently sophisticated to realize that he is making statements in his self-interest, and that "truth" is not part of that equation. Grow up. Get a bit cynical and live in the real world.

Posted by: Johnson11 | May 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Finding an honest politician is analagous to looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack.

Posted by: rayburke1 | May 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Would you hire someone who repeatedly lied about his resume?? Military service in a real war situation with your life on the line is a big big deal in a political resume, as it shows true courage in the line of fire....American loves real heroes, since WWII a lot of heroes (Dem or Rep) got elected into high office.

This guy sought 5 deferments during Nam, lied about his service in Nam to enhance his political career. As a man who enforces the law, what he is doing is plain cowardice and dishonest.

Do we really want to send another dishonest elite to their clannish Washington club?? Don't you think we had enough of these liars in Washington that are always enriching themselves, always throwing phony gestures and pretend to go after something (but nothing), constant putting on farce hearings just to protect the special interests that are slowly sucking America dry?? Just look at the Wall Street fraudsters, waste & corruption in public sectors, the oil spill, etc. etc, the list goes on and on...have you seen any of these wrong doers gone to jail???

Posted by: kup321 | May 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Misstatement"?

As a journalist, you chose THIS WORD to describe Blumenthal's blatant lies?

Did you see the video?
Have you seen the resumes?
Do you not know a LIE when you see one?

Pathetic.

Posted by: TexGEOas | May 18, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse


Well,
how many Blumenthal types have served in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan?

Check the names of the dead and wounded, or any other military (US) list and see if you find a trend.
Maybe served in the Israeli army, but here?

Posted by: whistling | May 18, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse


Well,
how many Blumenthal types have served in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan?

Check the names of the dead and wounded, or any other military (US) list and see if you find a trend.

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


Well,
how many Blumenthal types have served in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan?

Check the names of the dead and wounded, or any other military (US) list and see if you find a trend.

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


Well,
how many Blumenthal types have served in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan?

Check the names of the dead and wounded, or any other military (US) list and see if you find a trend.

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

"
wpjunk1:

Dude, did you not get your caffeine fix this morning? You are embarrassing yourself with your birthier theories.

But then again, you are a racist tea partier. Once an idiot, always an idiot!!!

Posted by: rastaman48"

HAAAAAHAAAAA, thanx for the laugh, I needed it after all the Libtard BS and spin I have read this morning. YOU have made my day by reminding me what Buffoons Libtards are! Thanx for the uplifting, FUNNY crap!

Posted by: robotech1 | May 18, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Why be surprised.

Very few of his ilk served then, or serve now in Iraq or Afghanistan.
They're too important.

Check the names
of dead solders. See any trend?

Posted by: whistling | May 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Why be surprised.

Very few of his ilk served then, or serve now in Iraq or Afghanistan.
They're too important.

Check the names
of dead solders. See any trend?

Posted by: whistling | May 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should love Blumenthal -- he combines the best of Dick Cheney (five deferments) and George Bush (cowering stateside).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Mistatement would be saying it's 72 degrees when it's really 74 degrees.

Thinking you were Forrest Gump in 'Nam when you're really just draft dodging Howdy Doody is stupid...and as Forrest would say Stupid is what Blumenthal does!

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | May 18, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

wpjunk1:

Dude, did you not get your caffeine fix this morning? You are embarrassing yourself with your birthier theories.

But then again, you are a racist tea partier. Once an idiot, always an idiot!!!

Posted by: rastaman48 | May 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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

Of greater import to us voters, this guy has also shown that HE IS A COWARD -- given all of his deferments!
Given his now known background -- WHY IS HE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL -- TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF CONN??

MACV - '69 - '70!

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

McMachon admits the Time 'article' was a hit piece fed them by her own people.


SHAME ON THE TIMES AND WAPO FOR DOING MCMAHON'S DIRTY WORK.


"Pulling back the curtain on journalistic sausage-making usually hidden from voters, a Republican Senate candidate is taking credit for the front-page New York Times story accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of “plainly untrue” remarks about Vietnam service."

The campaign of World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Blumenthal, is doing little to discourage suggestions it provided the sort of opposition research to The Times that is known around campaigns as an “oppo dump.”

Making the claim more explicitly, McMahon's campaign website has re-posted, as an "In Case You Missed It," a blog entry by Kevin Rennie of South Windsor, a lawyer and a former Republican state senator and representative:

“McMahon Strikes Blumenthal In NYT Article ... The piece, fed to the paper by the Linda McMahon Senate campaign"

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37398.html#ixzz0oIf5KAit


AND THE LIE ABOUT LIBERAL MEDIA CONTINUES.

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

If he is willing to lie about his pass, what else would he lie to us about if elected? Maybe fannie and freddie are OK, no problem with them, as we sink more and more money into this rathole.

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

Maybe his friend Bill Clinton had told him to lie a little bit in politics when he was invited to stay overnight in the Lincoln's bedroom in the WH during the Clinton administration. He did not say how much he paid for the room as he is also very wealthy himself.

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

I have though from day 1 that this Conn. race will be a real race and still think that Republicans, with McMahon, have a real shot to win it. McMahon has spent tons of money building her own name recognition, including hitting the NYC media markets hard where things are very expensive. There is no way that Simmons or even Blumenthal will be able to compete with McMahon financially. Now that Blumenthal is being hit directly on this issue, he's on his heels while McMahon is distancing herself from Simmons in the R primary. McMahon certainly has enough money to run the campaign on all fronts: building her own name recognition and popularity, bashing Simmons' own conservative credentials and his past votes as a congressman and attacking Blumenthal to lower his popularity. If you look at the polls over the past 6 months, Simmons and Blumenthal has been falling while McMahon has been rising. McMahon lead in the most recent primary poll I saw 44%-33% against Simmons and trailed Blumenthal in a GE 52%-39%. That is a change from the 62%-28% lead Blumenthal had the month before. That's quite a rise. I like Linda McMahon in this race, and as she's already hitting Blumenthal hard he hasn't saw anything like it will be the last 2 months or so of the campaign when it's just Blumenthal vs. McMahon.

Posted by: reason5 | May 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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

When will people learn?
The Last Tradition

Posted by: samzalez | May 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Check this story out regarding Blumenthal's time with the ....GET THIS ..... NIXON ADMINISTRATION (He sure was not in Vietnam!!)

Sounds more like he was a little Arlen Spector in the making!!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/17/connecticuts-blumenthal-confronted-false-claims-vietnam-war-service/

Posted by: wheeljc | May 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Linda McMahon musta paid big bucks to get this smear in the WaPo. But then necrophiliac 'wrestling' really pays off!

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

What a piece of crap. This disgusting lying scumbag desrves to have his behind dropped in Afghanistan without a weapon so he can truly start his war record. Shameful lying weasel who will continue to lie about his statements.

Posted by: RFN8143 | May 18, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

... the way this guy is lying like a 7-year old about being in Vietnam I just knew he was a Republican ...

Posted by: derekrobbins | May 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Embellishing military service for political gain extends back to the fall of Jericho's walls.
The Repubs are PLUMB AGITATED today over Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's alleged lying about his service record.
Let's review the record:
"Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy became the nation's worst nightmare for about three years touting his "Super Patriot" brand, while claiming to have been a heavy bomber combat tailgunner during WWII. [His Unamerican Activities Committees' decidedly unamerican activities helped launch "Tricky Dick" Nixon's career into orbit.]
WHOOPS -- Try supply clerk stateside for many older conservatives' idol -- "TG Joe."
Danny Quayle flunked out and was suspended from DePaul Univ. -- just before securing a slot in the Indiana Air National Guard, leap-frogging a four-year waiting list.
Then miraculously, Danny Boy was admitted to Law School. Family prominence with the major Indiana daily newspapers might have helped just a little bit.
G. "DubYah" Bush likewise leapfrogged a 4-to-5 year waiting list for the Texas Air National Guard. Sort of fulfilled his time, except, well you know, he kind of wanted to do other things after the U.S. was out of Nam. [Until the chance to fly out on the mail plane, strutting across that carrier deck in a jet jock's pressure suit toward the banner reading "Mission Accomplished." Glorious day in U.S. history.]
"Shotgun" Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld -- those two brilliant military leaders, sort of managed to avoid service. Not even Reserve or N.G. credits.
Both were "Super Hawks" and Cheney retains "Super Hawk" status - constantly reminding the world of the great success of his rumored leadership, being a strong proponent of such combat tactics as "water boarding" restrained prisoners.
Of course, there was the slight detail of "Swift Boating" a legitimate combat veteran and decorated warrior, John Kerry by "DubYah and the Draft Dodgers."
Well, along with stealing two elections via outright election misconduct in Florida and Ohio.
Being absolute paragons of virtue, the G.O.P.(Including Ensign, Craig, Sanford and now Souder) does love to hurl stones.

Posted by: bigsurmac | May 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Unsurprising for a Democrat to lie. Unsurprising for his Democrat supporters to try to defend a liar. Par for the course.

Posted by: student1776 | May 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

He's a Dem, Dems lie, what's the problem?

Posted by: astralweeks | May 18, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

A "misstatement" occurs when someone accidently or inadvertently makes a statement that is factually incorrect. A "lie" occurs when a person knowingly makes an untrue statement for personal gain or advantage. Speaking as a US Army veteran of the Vietnam era, it is simply not believable that a person could not remember whether or not they served in Vietnam and it is even more unbelievable for a person who did not serve in Vietnam to believe that they did. Only in the lamestrean media is a lie by a Democrat considered a "misstatement."

Posted by: TheFireRedPiper | May 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I really hate it when either side tries to defend the dirt bags in their own party. Here, the liberals try to find moral equivalency by citing Cheney, Bush and even Bristol Palin! Do you know what kind of morons you sound like?

Do you people realize when you let a liar send you out to defend him you are the sucker? Why should you defend this guy? Is your party so short on good men that you need to keep this guy in the game?

We all have to ask what kind of a man repeatedly lies about serving in combat when he knows he didn't? And what kind of man lies like this in the faces of good honorable veterans of Viet Nam?

The US Senate does not need a man like Blumenthal. He should drop out of the race. If he gets it would be an embarrassment for the state...but I am sure if he stays in the race
Democratic voters will still elect him. Democrats still believe if Hitler was a Dem he'd be better than any Republican.

Posted by: lValerius | May 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Misstatements?

MISSSTATEMENTS????

I have a better term: how about bald-faced LIES?

This story reflects very poorly on your profession, Mr. Cillizza. Reporters and news outlets have been writing glowing profiles of Blumenthal for years, I guess in an effort to prop him up as a "blue-chip" liberal Democrat candidate.

NONE of you bothered to check into his background. NOT ONE!

The story probably STILL wouldn't be known today if the McMahon campaign hadn't handed it to The Old Decrepit Lady on a silver platter.

Remember when fact checking used to be a cornerstone of journalism?

But I guess we only bother investigating Sarah Palin these days.

Shame on the entire Fourth Estate!

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

How can you tell when a liberal is lying? Their lips are moving.

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

I am a Democrat, but this guy Blumenthal obviously has problems. There are tapes (I have seen one) where he says at veterans events, "When I came back from Vietnam..." Of course, he was never within 4,000 miles of Saigon. This is a huge puzzle--an extremely accomplished guy who did in fact serve in the Marine Corps Reserves (a nice resume line for a pol) and yet has insisted that he is a Vietnam War vet, a fact which can be easily checked. Is it hubris? A guilty conscience?

By the way, he also has claimed on several occasions that he captained the Harvard swim team. Harvard, on the other hand, says he was never on the team in any capacity.

And for those asking why the Post did not break this story but the NY Times did...uh...for the Times, it's a local story. They cover Connecticut politics as a local issue.

Posted by: jhpurdy | May 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

IF he will lie about something as critical as his "patriotic" service, what WON'T he lie about.

Which political philosophy says the "ends justifies the means"?

Posted by: GreyGeek | May 18, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@ drindi,,,,,

While spewing and spreading, your liberal crapola.

It seems you forgot to mention vice president Joe Biden's 5 military deferments.

Why is that ?

Posted by: dashriprock | May 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I was worried that CT was about to replace a lying sleazeball senator with a lying sleazeball when I read this story.

I'm relieved that Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Shultz set the record straight by putting the blame for the story on the GOP.

I'm sure that Bush made Blumenthal lie!

Posted by: gman6 | May 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What's all the fuss?

He did no less than Bill Clinton, was successful in avoiding Vietnam, and never wrote any of those stories himself.

Any misunderstanding was all the media's fault.

Posted by: llrllr | May 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal did not make "misstatements". He LIED. He LIED on video. It's on youtube. The Vietnam war is something you don't forget He has no excuses for his lies. It's dispicable that so many politicians have no honor, no integrity, no dignity and will say anything just to get elected.

If Blumenthal were Republican, you can bet the headlines would be in bold calling him a liar. Instead, WaPo treats him with kidd gloves.

Posted by: grannysunni | May 18, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal did not make "misstatements". He LIED. He LIED on video. It's on youtube. The Vietnam war is something you don't forget He has no excuses for his lies. It's dispicable that so many politicians have no honor, no integrity, no dignity and will say anything just to get elected.

If Blumenthal were Republican, you can bet the headlines would be in bold calling him a liar. Instead, WaPo treats him with kidd gloves.

Posted by: grannysunni | May 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how prisoners in CT must feel about this Attorney General who made sure that they told the truth, the whole truth, and, especially on point, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

Posted by: jayjay9 | May 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Pfft...No sympathy here. He should have touted his administrative prowess in avoiding service as a strength.

Posted by: trcall | May 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

No big deal, he just took a page from a Muslim born in Kenya who wanted to run for president. Liberals are born, and bred to lie, cheat, our sell their souls, or the freedoms of the American people to achieve their own personal goal.

Posted by: enigmaforever | May 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

No big deal, he just took a page from a Muslim born in Kenya who wanted to run for president. Liberals are born, and bred to lie, cheat, our sell their souls, or the freedoms of the American people to achieve their own personal goal.

Posted by: enigmaforever | May 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Typical spineless limp wrist. He starts by bending a little rule here, a little rule there, and after awhile he's wholesale lying and cheating.

Posted by: rocco411 | May 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Blumenthal, Americans died in Vietnam, they were disabled, and they were tortured. How can you lie about combat service? Shame on you. And to those vets who died, were disabled and POWs, thank you for your service, you gave the most that any one can ever, ever give.

Posted by: CAmike | May 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Having served in the Army back in 71-73, I make it a point to state that I never served in Vietnam when I was in the service, as I feel it would be an affront to those that did, regardless of what my or their political beliefs were regarding the war at the time. It is so disheartening to see many politicians, who grew up in that era, now try to manipulate and bastardize their service or lack thereof for their own political well being. It is one thing not to have served based on beliefs. It is altogether immoral to misstate that you did. It give a true indication of what their own self values and moral code is, which we, the American people, most certainly do not need as leaders of our great country.

Posted by: DrRob1 | May 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"the paper stands by its story, which also said Blumenthal got five deferments to avoid going to war between 1965 and 1970".Hmmmm How did he get those deferments while my family had to fight and die ?And then on top of it he wants the glory as if he actually fought ?And then gets to lead ?How Is this one any different than Dodd ?Wake up America!!

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

"Was this the same number of deferments Chickenhawk Cheney received?"

I'm not concerned about the deferments either received. They applied for them under the legal process and got them. Many other good men did the same. But if you're going to go that route, you cannot then expect to reap the political benefits of a claim to combat experience. The man boldfaced lied, and (fortunately) the voters will remember that.

Posted by: p3orion | May 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

As a veteran of Vietnam, I hold few people lower than a wannabe who lies about being in Vietnam. These pathetic liars are not confined to any one party. I don't care if they agree with me 100 percent on policy, a wannabe will never have my vote.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

As a veteran of Vietnam, I hold few people lower than a wannabe who lies about being in Vietnam. These pathetic liars are not confined to any one party. I don't care if they agree with me 100 percent on policy, a wannabe will never have my vote.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

SHAMEFUL!

Posted by: carlbatey | May 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Schultz put the blame for the story on Republicans" -- only a democra-tic (blood sucking bug) blames others for the lies they tell. The guy should never hold public office.
He is a liar and a coward.

Posted by: citizenjoe | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This will enhance his chances in CT. It will make him seem like Chris Dodd.

Posted by: jdonner2 | May 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

We certainly don't need another liar in the U.S. Senate. How could anyone now accept this individual's word on anything? The man is a disgrace. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | May 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

There is a certain logic--lie so that you can join a bunch of pathological liars and tell more lies. The only difference here is that most of these people have the sense not to try to pull off a whopper like this. What a kook.

Posted by: LHS2 | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

We certainly don't need another liar in the U.S. Senate. How could anyone now accept this individual's word on anything? The man is a disgrace. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | May 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Media.

He really WAS born in Kenya, like Granny says, right?

THEN Mom flew with the infant to Hawaii where she 'declared' him born there by making a bogus newspaper announcement, RIGHT?

Isn't that what REALLY happened, liars?

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

misstatements?? This is a full out LIE. please don't candy coat a man's claims to his military service.

Posted by: mplsinfo | May 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Lying about past military service, when you were never in the military should be a crime. I never served in the U.S. military, but would NEVER lie about that fact. I revere all who did, whether they were in combat or not.

I would support a Constitutional Amendment making "lying" or misrepresenting past military service, if one was not in the military, punishable by a huge fine and possible jail term. sanjosemike

Posted by: rosey11 | May 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"Misstatements"?
Is that what you call lies.


Posted by: maphound | May 18, 2010 9:31 AM |
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When you're a Democrat, yes.

Posted by: allenridge | May 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I guess Blumenthal should "recalibrate" his words. :-)

Posted by: observer31 | May 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Still no Health Records from Obama. (This is why he doesn't give formal Press Conferences. He has developed one of those HACKING KOOL COUGHS and, you know, once you start hacking away, its very difficult to stop and that would be DEATH to his Presidency, for the Public to see a HALF HOUR of uncontrolled incontinence from THE ONE on national TV.)

No College Transcript from Obama. (One wonders the SOURCE of his college funding. Was it REALLY a FOREIGN STUDENT LOAN that he got, claiming Kenyan origin?)

No SIGNED-BY-A-DOC Cert. of Live Birth from Obama, just a Hawaiian pro-forma document.

Still NO VETTING from the mainstream Media and our Population are the greater SUCKERS for it.

So, Blumies LIES look like Clinton Follies in comparison. The Media see no big scandal in Democrat lies and even assists in magnifying their retelling in order to bolster their candidates-of-choice, such as Kerry's BOGUS CLAIMS for Purple Hearts when he suffered no injuries at all.

Audie Murphy he ain't. Media doesn't care.

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I guess Blumenthal figured he had such a big lead on the clowns running for the GOP nomination that he wanted to make the race more exciting for The Fix.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 9:30 AM
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Yeah ......and lying and corrupt Democrats don't bother you at all do they koolkat 1960

How's the Democrat Party treating your brothers on Plantation Anacostia........?

Posted by: allenridge | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Just another lying Democrat. November 2nd is not far away, and many of these lying, inept fools in Congress will be gone.

Posted by: walterndebby | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Happy you brought out all the rightwing venom, CC? It doesn't take much.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

NOT SO FAST, JOHN FRANCOIS KERRY!

Kinda reminds me of sleazy John Edwards's retort to Kerry's war hero boasts in the 2004 Deemocrat primary, and Kerry's response that since he only had FOUR deferments and Cheney had FIVE, HE was not a hypocrite. Blumenthal, remember that any tiny sliver qualifies for heroism, so go back over the record with a fine-toothed comb. You DEEMS are pathetic.

Posted by: IowaPatN | May 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

As both a Marine combat veteran and the father of another one, I put Richard Blumenthal's "mistake" about his imagined Vietnam record right up there with being caught in bed with either a dead woman or a live boy.

"Despicable" and "beneath contempt" are the only words that seem to adequately describe the character of such a loathsome man.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | May 18, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I saw a clip of him THIS MORNING stating something about how when "WE" came back from VN blah blah blah...

WE???

He never went, but I should believe him that the GOP did this to him and not his own lying mouth lips tongue and BRAIN?!?!?!

Posted by: harpotoo | May 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

See CT Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4 Misconduct

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:...(3) Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation
http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/ct/code/CT_CODE.HTM#Rule_8.4

However, in Colorado, where the rules are virtually identical to CT, they allow lawyers to lie and keep their licenses. For instance, I complained that a prosecutor 8.4, Elizabeth Wittemyer, claimed to the press that there was probable cause to prosecute me but refused to provide a written statement of probable cause. I complained that the Steamboat Springs president of city council Cari Hermacinski violated the zoning by building an addition to my former home that protruded into the required 25 foot front setback about 5 by 20 feet. I complained that Faegre & Benson LLC filed in the 10th Circuit that there were no other interested parties in my litigation at the same time that a law firm in D.C., O'Brien Butler McConihie & Schaefer, was paying their bills for itemizations involving the insurer, Mutual Insurance of Bermuda, unregistered in Colorado but selling insurance their anyway. Colorado's OARC said those lies were fine and that they would not accept more complaints from me. I also complained to the D.C. Attorney Regulation Counsel that Carolyn Lamm, ABA president, substantially misrepresented the 5th Circuit and the statute by claiming that a Rule 60b(3) motion cannot be filed in a non-rendering court when she was defending my pro se complaint, DDC 05-cv-01283, and they said it didn't matter.

Posted by: kay_sieverding | May 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If he did in fact lie about his serving in Viet Nam he should take several actions. First, he needs to resign as AG and remove himself abandon his political career. Second, he should issue a public letter of apology to the families of those who actually did serve and were killed or wounded. Third, he should visit the Viet Nam memorial. Fourth, he should consider jumping off a cliff.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse


THE DEMOCRATS DON'T CONSIDER "HONEST" A CHARACTER QUALIFICATION........THEY'LL STILL VOTE FOR HIM.

BESIDES, IT WAS ONLY A LIE ABOUT SERVING IN VIETNAM, LESS OF A VIOLATION THAN LYING TO A GRAND JURY.

Posted by: KPSMITH1 | May 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Was this the same number of deferments Chickenhawk Cheney received ? And what about Shrub's "combat /AWOL service" in the same era."
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Who cares? Is Cheney in a primary today?

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

As usual, there is a lot more residing in
Richard Blumenthal's closet.

Like Bush and Clinton, his handlers are already busy covering up more of his past.

Just another symptom of how far the value standard has been skewed in government and on wall street.

Posted by: wesatch | May 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Schultz put the blame for the story on Republicans"

Bwaaaaahaaaaaaaaaahaaahaaahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: PattiORiley | May 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Was this the same number of deferments Chickenhawk Cheney received ? And what about Shrub's "combat /AWOL service" in the same era. Blumenthal may be stupid about what he said, but he is not alone in what he did.

Posted by: jmsbh | May 18, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse


"Misstatements"?
Is that what you call lies.

Posted by: maphound | May 18, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse


THE DEMOCRATS DON'T CONSIDER "HONEST" A CHARACTER QUALIFICATION........THEY'LL STILL VOTE FOR HIM.

BESIDES, IT WAS ONLY A LIE ABOUT SERVING IN VIETNAM, LESS OF A VIOLATION THAN LYING TO A GRAND JURY.

Posted by: KPSMITH1 | May 18, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I guess Blumenthal figured he had such a big lead on the clowns running for the GOP nomination that he wanted to make the race more exciting for The Fix.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

tsapp maybe you slept throught it but the POTUS election is over, your side got crushed.
How about his kindergarden records, you should screech for them while you are at it.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I think you were thinking about George
I served valiantly as a fighter pilot
in Alabama. Senator Kerry put his life
on the line for YOUR country how about you,
coward.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Isn't impersonating a service member a crime?

But hey, he was only following John "I was in Cambodia" Kerry's lead...

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | May 18, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey corrupt POST.....this story should be MAJOR HEADLINES.........

But We The People KNOW why it isn't

It isn't because the WASHINGTON POST is a corrupt left-wing political paper that supports the Democrat Party........

POST = a dirty dishonest liberal/progressive propaganda outlet......

POST.......censoring again.....

Posted by: allenridge | May 18, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Misstatements? The POS is another democrat liar.
We don't need any more lying democrats in Congress or the White House.
There are already too many of them there.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 18, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse


Gee a politician lying?? Shocking. The guy is an idiot but no more so than those that act as though the politicians on their side are somehow more righteous.

Posted by: Albie1 | May 18, 2010 8:57 AM
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Blumenthal's offenses are not garden-variety lying. He has repeatedly passed himself off as a Vietnam veteran who fought on the battlefield and endured an ungrateful nation when he returned home.

In fact, he was at home through the entire war and his great sacrifice in uniform appears to have been driving to Anacostia. Granted, the drive to Anacostia is not without peril but he was able to hurry back to The Washington Post in relative comfort and safety to fetch coffee for Katharine Graham.

If there is a shred of decency and honor in this man, then he will bow out of the race as gracefully as an impersonator of military heroes can.

Posted by: DagnyT | May 18, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama shold release his test scores and academic records to allow the public to understand how he was admitted to Harvard.

Posted by: tsapp77 | May 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The holier than thou Rs here are so predictable
with their screech. Big deal let's hear about
the bravery of your wrestler and your chicken
woman candiadate. The real story today is how Bristol Palin is going out to speak to TeaPartiers for $30,000 per gig to give her sage advise on birth control. What suckers; why would anyone pay her a cent to listen to her c***. I love how Rs automatically jump up and yell resign when they read anything about a D-so predictable that its humorous; didn't hear that larion call about Ensign, Vitter, Gov.Sanford or POTUS Bush's combat experiences. Your silence was amazing.
Curious what Rs here were saying when Rumsfield
and R Senators were saying when they stupidly sent our brave military to Iraq without funding proper bullet proof vests, failing to fund properly shielded humvies, and then telling Vets they could pay for their own food rations. Yea he lied about his actual service just like sitting R politicans Ensign, Vitter and Sanford. And McCain never called himself a maverick, right? More R duplicity.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Gee a politician lying?? Shocking. The guy is an idiot but no more so than those that act as though the politicians on their side are somehow more righteous.

Posted by: Albie1 | May 18, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"He sounds like a pathological liar -- the worst kind, riding on the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought and died in Vietnam."
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It appears you're right - he also claimed to be captain of his swimming team (Harvard?) but he wasn't even on the team...

Posted by: jahoby | May 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Most interesting is the part the Washington Post played in getting Blumenthal out of service in Vietnam. While Blumenthal was a lacky for Katherine Graham, she somehow got him a deferment based on his "vital civil service to the national security"

Only liberal at Washington Post could find it a national security interest to get coffee for their editor. Someone else was sent in the place of Blumenthal. The Washington Post lied to get a gofer a deferment.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | May 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Blumenthal would fit Dodd's seat very comfortably. Both apparently have no problem lying, cheating the public and doing whatever needs to be done to win. He's obviously learned from the best liar in the business and present occupier of the White House.

Posted by: GordonShumway | May 18, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Mike85 writes:
The real question is why are the Washington Post and the New York times covering this story? When Obama claimed he was a Professor of Constitutional law at the University of Chicago, but was actually a guest lecturer, neither paper covered it. When Obama claimed that he had only a passing relationship with William Ayres, but had actually known him since 1980, neither paper covered it. When Obama was caught in 157 lies during his 2008 presidential campaign, neither paper covered it.
So why are they covering Blumenthal? Perhaps they want to insure that the Senate's chief liar, Christopher Dodd wins the CT. primary.
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Hey Mike75: Like all republicans I know, you are great with bitter, resentful rhetoric, but rather lacking in facts or ideas. On the fact side:
CHRISTOPHER DODD IS NOT RUNNING IN ANY PRIMARY. HE'S RETIRING FROM THE SENATE!!!!

As for Obama's work at University of Chicago Law School, which is essentially a conservative law school dominated by conservative law prof and circuit court judge Posner, here's what the school reports about Obama's teaching there. Notice at the end of this account that they say he was offered a tenure track position. Many many law profs are lecturers but are not offered tenure track positions. Or, Mike85, are you illiterate, in which case a government-funded literacy program would do you nicely.

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.

Posted by: douard1 | May 18, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The NYT is still doing in-depth investigative work. Where is the WashPost? No decent articles since Dana Priest broke the Walter Reed story. WashPost continues its downward slide under Hiatt, Brauchli and Weymouth. A crying shame.

Posted by: Pupster | May 18, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse


He sounds like a pathological liar -- the worst kind, riding on the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought and died in Vietnam.


Posted by: DagnyT | May 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

NEW YORK (AP) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is "toxic" to the Obama administration and that the president "threw me under the bus."

LOL !!


Posted by: FraudObama | May 18, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

This is really a tempest in a teapot. I am from a military family and I really do not see the issue. Mr. Blumenthal got a deferrment to finish his education (that is what they are for) and then entered the Marine Corps and then served in the reserves. He did not duck out (like Dick Cheney). My uncle was in the Navy during Viet Nam, he is therefore a Viet Nam veteran, in spite of the fact that he spent the entire time in Long Beach, San Diego and the Pentagon. I put this NY Times story (and I emphasize "story" since the facts and point are really lacking)right up there with Judith Miller's NY Times front page story on WMD--another fictional piece that led me to cancel my NYT subscription.

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | May 18, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

This story makes me sick.
I feel physically ill hearing this man's deceit.


It also makes me angry.
I want to do everything possible to destroy this man's political and professional career.

That would be a small justice.

Posted by: Gatecrasher | May 18, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I served two tours in Viet Nam.

I have no problem with those who received defferments or who served in the reserves but I have a problem with those that fled to Canada or who lie about their service record or who claim that they received medals for heroic acts when they did not.

Individuals like Blumenthal are disgusting and should not be eligible for any public office and if this is not a criminal act it should become one!

Posted by: mwhoke | May 18, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Blumenthal is not the first, nor will he be the last, politician to attempt resume inflation and guilding his lily to achieve high office.

The voters of Connecticut should think long and hard as to whether this obvious flaw in his character is significant enought to outweigh his accomplishments and past service to the state.

Bottom line? Our politicians are, like us, imperfect. Be very careful in giving power to such individuals because they can use it for good or ill. But once in office it is difficult, if not impossible to pry these individuals away from the power and glory of office.

Posted by: bobfbell | May 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Blumenthal is not the first, nor will he be the last, politician to attempt resume inflation and guilding his lily to achieve high office.

The voters of Connecticut should think long and hard as to whether this obvious flaw in his character is significant enought to outweigh his accomplishments and past service to the state.

Bottom line? Our politicians are, like us, imperfect. Be very careful in giving power to such individuals because they can use it for good or ill. But once in office it is difficult, if not impossible to pry these individuals away from the power and glory of office.

Posted by: bobfbell | May 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse


Leave it to a democrat to shoot himself in the foot. He WAS a shoe-in considering his opponents...

Posted by: demtse | May 18, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JohnDoug | May 18, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

After reading a couple posts I must say this. Thank you to any one who served honorably during the Vietnam War time. I don't care if you were in 'Nam' or not as long as you stood up and were counted. Supply, admin, motor transport, infantry or wing. You were still ready, willing and able. God bless you for your service. But..... if you made up stories about being in country when you were not or about medals you really did not receive or deeds you did not do, you need to be stepped on! Blumenthal does not appear to have done anything to correct the 'distortion', hence, throw the bum out!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | May 18, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Ah, another member of le maquis de l'apres-guerre. My brother served in Vietnam and hates these wannabes. He should withdraw from the race and resign as AG immediately.

Posted by: DorothyfromColumbus | May 18, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Another career lying politician. If he misrepresented himself and his military record it's time for him to be gone and on his way to jail. Why would any adult vote for a thief and a liar?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | May 18, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Scum. My brother served in VIetnam and hates these wannabes, the "maquis de l'apres-guerre" as the French call them. He should withdraw from the Senate race and resign as AG immediately.

Posted by: DorothyfromColumbus | May 18, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Scum. My brother served in Vietnam and really dislikes these people. He should withdraw from the race and resign as AG immediately.

Posted by: DorothyfromColumbus | May 18, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

"Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Eric Schultz put the blame for the story on Republicans"


The guy lies and thist i-d-i-o-t chultz blames Republicans. Hasn't this blame Republicans for every ill in America thing gone a little too far? After all, it was the NY Times that ran the story.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 18, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Do not elect this lying cheat. What is worse than lying about being in the military in Vietnam or some other war zone when in fact you were going to law school on 5 separate deferments. I served two years in Vietnam and would like this lying cheat to visit me at my home so that I can tell him personally what he is. And, this is not a "misstatement--" a term used by a liberal to describe the lie that another liberal tells. There should be a felony offense for this kind of a lie. What a creep.

Posted by: Mindboggle | May 18, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Is this what we want in a political office, a liar. We already have to many of these people working for our Government.

Posted by: randykree | May 18, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Lying about military service should be a disqualifier.

However, do we really expect reasonable representation to come of of Connecticut? The bar has been set really low.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 18, 2010 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Lying about military service should be a disqualifier from political office.


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Posted by: onzaizai | May 18, 2010 2:55 AM | Report abuse

The real question is why are the Washington Post and the New York times covering this story? When Obama claimed he was a Professor of Constitutional law at the University of Chicago, but was actually a guest lecturer, neither paper covered it. When Obama claimed that he had only a passing relationship with William Ayres, but had actually known him since 1980, neither paper covered it. When Obama was caught in 157 lies during his 2008 presidential campaign, neither paper covered it.

So why are they covering Blumenthal? Perhaps they want to insure that the Senate's chief liar, Christopher Dodd wins the CT. primary.

Posted by: mike85 | May 18, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Well just like the guy he's trying to replace, Dodd, he's a Democrat and in CT it is OK for a Democrat to lie. Is it any wonder why CT is rated so low on being business friendly when Bluementhal is rated by businesses as the worst AG in the country.

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"business friendly" = selling out workers and giving tax breaks to the obscenely profitable.

Texas is "business friendly," with lousy schools, high teen pregnancy, and lousy services. Lowest unemployment insurance anywhere.

Screw "business friendly."

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

gkam- why don't you hang yourself by your arms when they are tied behind you and see how much pain you can take. And then maybe you can actual speak about McCain without being considered a fool. You do realize mcCain can't lift his arms above his head because of his injuries.

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you got that from "Rolling Thunder" starring William DeVane and Tommy Lee Jones.

McCain broke his arms crash-landing. He was a lousy pilot.

We honor his service, but he's still a petty lying sack of dung in his old age.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

It really isn't that bad. Blumenthal was in the marines during the Viet Nam era must didn't serve in the actual war.

Besides this oppo researched dropped by the Mchanon campaign happened in May as oppose to closer to election as an "October surprise".

If he does well in the news conference tomorrow surrounded by veterans like his campaign is planning then he will be just fine.

Posted by: maritza1 | May 18, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Helmut, here is the NYT article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?hp

It was not the deferments and the Reserve duty that were the issue here, drindl. He lied about having been "in country" on more than one occasion. It was those lies. That was the problem with the heroine under fire, HRC, as well.
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I was not "in country" but my bro-in-law was, and we know the difference.

In other respects, he seemed an honorable public servant, but there is self-destructive stupidity in self-serving yet transparent lies. I could never vote for him now, if I lived in CT.

As ddawd intimated, the choices, then, are not good.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 18, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

He will be fine.

Blumenthal did serve in the Marines during the Viet Nam era just not in the war itself.

Besides this oppo research by McMahon was dropped in May which gives Blumenthal plenty of time to recover.

It isn't as if this GOP oppo research was leaked closer to the election as an "October surprise".

He will be fine.

Posted by: maritza1 | May 18, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

He will be fine.

Blumenthal did serve in the Marines during the Viet Nam era just not in the war itself.

Besides this oppo research by McMahon was dropped in May which gives Blumenthal plenty of time to recover.

It isn't as if this GOP oppo research was leaked closer to the election as an "October surprise".

He will be fine.

Posted by: maritza1 | May 18, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

gkam- why don't you hang yourself by your arms when they are tied behind you and see how much pain you can take. And then maybe you can actual speak about McCain without being considered a fool. You do realize mcCain can't lift his arms above his head because of his injuries.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | May 18, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

The McMahons didn't drive countless opposition wrestling promotions out of business by playing beanbag. Blumenthal is learning that now.

Posted by: evwill | May 17, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

What exactly did Dick Blumenthal say about his military service, Mr, Cillizza?

Posted by: Hellmut | May 17, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Bush never claimed he served in Vietnam. Blumenthal did. This is a very troubled man if he would lie about something like serving in Vietnam.

Oh, wait, not a lie. According to Cillizza, it's a few "misstatements".

I recommend you all go to the NY Time site and read the story. It's three pages long and quite disturbing.

Even in a liberal state like Connecticut, will 50% + 1 of the voters be able to rationalize this lying and vote for this guy, particularly if he's up against a real Vietnam vet in Simmons??

Posted by: sunnyroberto | May 17, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Lying about military service was okay when Draft-Dodging Dubya did it.

It was even okay when McCain played the role of hero after he sold us out to the North Vietnamese.

And Sylvester Stallone is every conservative's idea of a REAL HERO, one who leaves his country during war. Maybe he and Five-Deferment Dick were playing soldier in an Undisclosed Location.

And someone from WWE???? Even as a young kid, I saw that phony nonsense on black-and-white Tee-Vee, and thought that those who needed to see such ridiculous theatrical violence were deficient in character, . . probably in caring. It seems that having been brought up in strict homes, they still need violence.

Posted by: gkam | May 17, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Well just like the guy he's trying to replace, Dodd, he's a Democrat and in CT it is OK for a Democrat to lie. Is it any wonder why CT is rated so low on being business friendly when Bluementhal is rated by businesses as the worst AG in the country.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | May 17, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal meant that he went to see three Vietnam movies and went to a Vietnamese restaurant a couple of times.

Get your story straight, New York Times.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Another poster has described the situation in the Republican party -


Too many office holders have sold us out


Too many office holders are not concerned with economic nationalism

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 17, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Just like Obama - only Obama has manufactured his entire past, not just a few years.

Posted by: pgr88 | May 17, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

He's a Democrat. It will all be swept under the rug.

If this was Todd Palin it would be front-page news in every paper in America.

Posted by: richmond_dude | May 17, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

typical left wingnut liar - just like Obama.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

typical left wingnut liar - just like Obama.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe that WWF Chick has a chance.

LOL


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I think we have the early favourite for this year's George Allen Memorial Award for Needless Self-Immolation.

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Posted by: juanchin | May 17, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

So what is actually going on??? Is Blumenthal going around saying stuff like this or is the state GOP making it up??? If Blumenthal is going around saying things that make it sound like he served in Vietnam, then he is an idiot. Why would he do this when he has no reason to??? The whole thing makes no sense, but it's so true now that Blumenthal isn't ready for a big time race. Dems should have taken Rep. Larson instead of this loon. It's almost like Blumenthal is trying to lose. Well, Democrats, chalk this one up as toss-up at best because who knows what skeltons will pop up next.

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Posted by: NYC_CON | May 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"you use the term "misstatements" for bald-face lies,"

but that's what the press does. See: Sarah Palin.

Posted by: drindl | May 17, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this a fading issue?


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 17, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

It is remarkable how softly the press is treating Mr Blumenthal in this; you use the term "misstatements" for bald-face lies, and quote the least-damaging paragraph from the New York Times article.

But it isn't remarkable, really. After all, he has a D after his name.

Posted by: FoamingSolvent | May 17, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that's pretty bad. Fortunately for him, he doesn't really face any real competition from any direction.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 17, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, I have to say, this is a new low for you, Chris. Swiftboating.. you and the New york Times, just like they did to John Kerry.


"In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam.'

Not unlike like that coveted spot George Bush got, hmmm -- the one he went AWOL from. But you've never mentioned that. Hardly anyone in the MSM ever does. Nor did you ever mention Dick Cheney's 5 deferments...

Look like you are doing necrophilia fan Linda McMahon's dirty work, doesn't it?

Posted by: drindl | May 17, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess he had "more important things to do".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 17, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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