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Sorry to have to go all the way back to the 80′s for a good comparison, but it was the most appropriate thing I could come up with to accompany this story…

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd — special-favors mortgage specialist and former bottom slice of doughy white bread in an infamous waitress sandwich — announced his retirement from Congress earlier this year.

Dodd’s heir-apparent was Democrat Attorney General Richart Blumenthal, who lead his Republican opponents by upwards of 20 points.

Those numbers may soon change:

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“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. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

And Blumenthal’s braggadocio about having served in Vietnam was habitual:

In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas. “When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Let us do better by this generation of men and women.”

Making things worse for Blumenthal is the fact that his likely Republican challenger actually did serve in Vietnam. But I’m sure the “forgive & forget” mentality that is inherent in most politicians will preclude Blumenthal’s opponent(s) from mention anything about this in campaign ads (pause for laughter).

If Blumenthal is a real Harvard-educated lawyer, he’ll come up with some story about having visited Vietnam in 1997 and how he volunteered to work an hour in a soup kitchen. “So you see, technically, I did serve in Vietnam!”

The Democrats are going to have enough trouble in the coming election without “Swift-Gloating” — that is to allow their opponents to speak in satisfying terms about their self-inflicted demise — themselves out of seats they probably would have won.

Blumenthal will hold a press conference today where he will no doubt talk about his domestic military service and all he had done for veterans, and that will be expected to be enough to excuse his blatantly misleading statements. Whether it does or not is up to the same voters who kept re-electing Chris Dodd, so I’m not going to count out Blumenthal just yet.

Update: A video of one of the times Blumenthal spoke of serving in Vietnam is here.

(h/t HotAir)

Comments

3 Responses to “Richard Blumenthal ‘Swift-Gloats’ Own Campaign”

  1. Mark1957 on May 18th, 2010 4:44 pm

    As the Conn. AG, Dick Blumenthal should understand the meaning of perjury. This man is a disgrace.

  2. Carol on May 18th, 2010 6:53 pm

    Carol
    How can you fall for this obvious politcal nonsense? Dick Blumenthal's only mistake was enen tying to justify his remaks. Vietnam was a horrible time for vets and some didn't even want to admit they served, because of the reactions of most Americans at the time.

  3. Thomas Reese on May 19th, 2010 2:42 am

    The man is a disgrace to those who served in the 'Nam, who died in the jungles, were wounded in action and who have mentally borne the images of that war since their return. As a highly decorated 'Nam combat veteran, I can assure you this "little" man fabricated his story for personal gain. What is really sad is he has convinced himself about his lie. For all of us who did serve, "it don't mean nuthing" ( an old 'Nam phrase). He knows he is a fake – I trust the folks in Connecticut will see through his self-serving BS and not send him in the footprints of the "retiring crook", Dodd( I know where my mortgage papers are located).

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