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. Blumenthal’s argument in this passage was to remind everyone that America treated its returning veterans from Vietnam badly (and then oddly included WWII and Korean War vets) — and that he himself was part of that group.
It’s not the first time he’s done that, either, as the Times’ Raymond Hernandez reported yesterday:
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 former. Blumenthal plans on appearing later today with veterans supporting his campaign. I’d guess that to be a rapidly-declining group, especially as this video and other reports make the rounds.
One question remains: how did Blumenthal’s record get out? Republican contender for the nomination Linda McMahon claimed last night to have discovered Blumenthal’s lies:
Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, Blumenthal’s staying in (via National Review’s Greg Pollowitz and Allahpundit). That’s as of 9:15 am ET. I doubt that will last, however. Blumenthal won’t have a prayer of winning a statewide election after lying about war service, not even in a liberal state like Connecticut. The Democrats will push him out of the race unless he comes up with a really good cover story for his serial lies about his war record. I don’t think PTSD will work, either.