Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Blumenthal Business

Last week, the New York Times reported that Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's Attorney General and Democratic candidate for the US Senate, had misrepresented his Vietnam war record or lack of record.

After the story broke, the Connecticut Democratic State Convention selected Mr. Blumenthal as its candidate for the Senate. Mr. Blumenthal offered a statement concerning his "few misplaced words," but he did not apologize or simply say that he was sorry for his long history of misrepresentation. No one is perfect, and a simple "I am sorry" would have gone a long way.

Moreover, the State Democratic Convention could have refused to nominate any senate candidate, and let the Democratic voters decide the issue in the August primary. In light of Mr. Blumenthal's less than honest statements over the last decades, the Convention would have been wise to let the voters make the call on Mr. Blumenthal's fitness for office. Instead, the state Democratic politicians decided to close ranks and selected Mr. Blumenthal. If the State Convention had let the state Democratic voters decide Mr.Blumenthal's suitability for office, the issue would be vetted during the primary campaign and to some extent mitigated. To be sure, the issue would still remain for the Republicans to use in the November general election, but at least a consensus of voters had made a decision on it.

I guess the State Democratic big shots thought they could nominate anyone in thoroughly blue state. The sheer arrogance! Let's see what the voters say in November.
I think Maureen Dowd got it somewhat right in her opinion piece last week.

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