Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running as a
Democrat to fill the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator
Chris Dodd, is embroiled in a scandal that could destroy his previously presumed
win. Blumenthal has often referred to his supposed Vietnam war record, but in fact he never served in Vietnam
What should we be reading from this?
- Blumenthal's Unconvincing
Denial The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports that
the Blumenthal campaign is denying the story. However, "This is the type
of story that Blumenthal can close off tomorrow; if he doesn't, it
likely drags him down significantly. The facts are not unambiguous. The
best the Times has is statements where Blumenthal talked about
'returning' or 'getting back' from Vietnam, but there are plenty of
instances where he acknowledges that he never served overseas. That
said, he never seemed to correct the impression that he did serve
- Dems Should Find a New Candidate Nate Silver urges finding a replacement. "As with
John Edwards' affair, it is a lie that displays a stunning disregard for
the trust that Democrats were about to place in Blumenthal by making
him their nominee. It is a lie that may even call into question the
mental state of the candidate, as it carries no obvious tactical
benefit," he writes. "Democrats have little incentive not to nominate a
new candidate, as the filing deadline has yet to pass in Connecticut and
as their bench in the state is deep." Silver lists potential
- Why This Is So Shocking The Atlantic's
Connecticut native Joshua Green reels. "For
almost two decades, Blumenthal has been so pure, so revered throughout
Connecticut that he has seemed to exist in a realm beyond politics.
That's not exaggeration. Everything about Blumenthal seemed to set him
apart from the ordinary sleaze and compromise of big-time politics ...
For as long as I can remember, Blumenthal has been the crusading
consumer advocate, humble, modest, unprepossessing, with that guileless Brylcreem haircut that
somehow made him seem even more honorable--a throwback to an earlier
- Why This Is So Outrageous Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey fumes. "Not only does that show Blumenthal’s
response to be pure bunk, it’s
actually worse than it seems at first. Not only was Blumenthal taking
credit for serving in Vietnam falsely, he was framing it in a way to
make himself part of the victim class," he writes. "It’s one kind of
dishonest to burnish one’s military record with claims
of battles never fought. Falsely claiming victimhood as a consequence
of those lies is something else entirely, and much more creepy than the
- Opposition Candidate Takes Credit The Washington
Post's Greg Sargent muses, "In an odd
strategic move, potential GOP opponent Linda McMahon's campaign is
openly taking credit for providing the oppo research
that produced this revelation, making it easier to dismiss it as a
political hit." He adds, "we may have another contested Senate race on
- Big Victory for Linda McMahon Former GOP
official Kevin Rennie praises
McMahon, the former pro-wrestling chief who is running as a Republican
in the race. "The Blumenthal Bombshell comes at the end of more than 2
months of deep, persistent research by Republican Linda McMahon’s Senate
campaign. It gave the explosive Norwalk video recording to The Times.
This is what comes of $16 million, a crack opposition research
operation and an opponent who, in the words of the president Blumenthal
worked for on a draft deferment, who gave them the sword."
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