You know me.
I’m a yellow-dog Democrat. I have, and I will, defend almost any Democrat. But I can’t defend Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
As the whole world knows by now, Blumenthal – the shoo-in candidate to succeed Chris Dodd – lied about serving in Vietnam.
Not just once. But many times. For years: either claimed, or failed to correct newspaper reports, that he had served as a Marine, on duty, in Vietnam.
Blumenthal says he simply “misspoke.” I’m sorry, but claiming you served in Vietnam when in fact you didn’t is no mere misstatement. It’s a big, fat lie.
Which there was no need for Blumenthal to tell. After all, George Bush and Dick Cheney prove you didn’t have to serve in Vietnam to get elected. And, unlike Cheney, Blumenthal had at least volunteered for service in the Marine Reserve Corps, during the war. Even though he was never sent to Vietnam.
Until yesterday, Blumenthal was the front-runner in Connecticut. Today, he’s dead in the water.
Filing deadline for U.S. Senate candidates is Friday, May 21. If Democrats want to hold on to that Senate seat in Connecticut, they have three days to jettison Richard Blumenthal and find another candidate.
That’s my parting shot for today.