• Hours Before Debate, Blumenthal's Fan Fiction Comes Back to Haunt Him

    You know when you're having dinner with a group of friends, and maybe somebody gets a little too crunkified and turns to one of the other guys and says something really mean but also totally true?

    The state of Connecticut is now that awkward dinner party, thanks to Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon's new attack ad against her opponent, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Um, can we really call it an "attack" ad when it's just a "stating the actual facts" ad?

    The video the McMahon campaign obtained shows Mr. Blumenthal, the state’s attorney general, delivering an address that it says occurred in Bridgeport in 2003 to express support for American troops overseas. "When we returned, we saw nothing of this gratitude," Mr. Blumenthal said.

    The video of Mr. Blumenthal, who has been under fire for exaggerating his military record, was part of a 30-second advertisement in which the narrator asks: "If he lied about Vietnam, what else is he lying about?"

    Of course, if Blumenthal had been using "we" in the metaphorical sense, it might not have been such a big deal. But as the New York times points out it pointed out in May, Blumenthal has a history of, um, lying about history. In March 2008, he reportedly told a ceremony of Connecticut veterans and military supporters, "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it." Ooh, except he totally never went to Vietnam and certainly was never in The Shit.

    Well, hey, maybe he just really, really liked Tim O'Brien's classic Vietnam memoir The Things They Carried, and, you know, was writing fan fiction. And then reciting that fan fiction as truth, in front of actual military veterans. This is akin to performing in a Star Wars-themed LARP festival in front of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and whoever played Boba Fett. And that sounds like fun! Right? RIGHT? Blumenthal should probably use this defense tonight in his first formal debate with McMahon.


    Tags: Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Military, Richard Blumenthal, Senate, Vietnam

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