Six Days Later, Blumenthal Apologizes for Vietnam Lies
11:09 AM, May 24, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Blumenthal's early response, once the New York Times broke the story, was to surround himself with friendly veterans and vaguely regret his "misplaced words."
The apology came only after the Courant and state veterans groups asked for one. I find the claim that he "took responsibility" curious after he spent last week defending his "misplaced words."
In winning the Democratic nomination for Chris Dodd's Senate seat Friday, Blumenthal emphasized that the race shouldn't be about character, in which he had so recently been found to be profoundly lacking. After all, requiring that a Senate candidate not exaggerate his service as a political ploy with veteran audiences is liable to distract from how much he'd really like to be senator.
At least one Democrat delegate quoted by the Times refused to participate in the convention roll call for Blumenthal because he had passed up a "golden opportunity" to apologize.
I imagine her sentiment is emblematic of the reaction many normal folks, regardless of party, had to a weaselly politician trying to weasel out of an obvious and particularly dishonorable lie last week.
Blumenthal will face one of three GOP challengers in November. WWE head Linda McMahon won the Republican nomination at the GOP state convention, but former congressman and Vietnam vet Rob Simmons and another contender have vowed to stay in the race. The GOP primary is Aug. 10.
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