Skip to comments.David Brooks: Richard Blumenthal 'Accidentally' Said He Was a Combat Veteran
Posted on 05/20/2010 6:53:15 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
David Brooks seemed to be having a coherency challenged moment during his latest scheduled conversation with fellow New York Times columnist, Gail Collins. First Brooks excused what Connecticut senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal falsely claimed about being a Vietnam combat veteran as an "accident":
As for Blumenthal, my guess is he survives his little brush with mendacity. The Connecticut Democrat accidentally said he was a combat veteran, when in fact he never served in Vietnam. Could happen to anyone!
A moment later, Brooks reversed course and admitted that Blumenthal lied but, eh, no big deal:
The claim is dishonorable, but everybody expects politicians to lie. One of the odd perplexities of an angry moment is that expectations are so low, politicians end up surviving scandals that would kill them in happier times.
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what in the wide wide world of sports is wrong with that damn Brooks. He is an idiot.
Blumenthal is a litmus test that is revealing everyone’s true colors.
Isn’t claiming to be a member of the military a crime?
Correction. Liberals, not politicians, are expected to lie.
Correction. Liberals, not politicians, are expected to lie.
Neil Cavuto jumped in that same “life-boat” yesterday!!!
Of course NYT columnists think politicians who continually lie are no big deal. Those are the politicians they support. The NYT reporters and columnists also lie constantly anyway.
I’m accidentally an astronaut!
Character doen’t matter.
It's ok though, Jean-I've-been-to-Vietnam-Kerry was a swiftboat cap'n; maybe he can ferry them to safety after he's done razing villages and cutting off ears.
He offer up an indictment as an excuse.
We are certainly living in strange times.
Sweet, I'm accidentally a millionaire. Do take checks?
Sometimes, accidents happen!
Sometimes, sh!t happens!
Americans know the difference!
Only dem pols are excused for the LIES
He was a Marine, he was not in Vietnam.
“It’s ok though, Jean-I’ve-been-to-Vietnam-Kerry was a swiftboat cap’n; maybe he can ferry them to safety after he’s done razing villages and cutting off ears.”
Kerry really was in Vietnam, and probably also in Cambodia. It seems likely to me that he confused Tet with Christmas in his mind and wound up sounding like a pathological liar. It cost him the White House and indirectly led to the age of Obama. On such little details does our history depend.
Brooks got one thing right. The claim is dishonorable. Brooks is an idiot regardless.
Blumenthal lied and misrepresented his service. He was a veteran of Vietnam era reserves but did not serve in Vietnam. Big difference and he shouldn’t lie about what he didn’t do.
David Brooks accidentally believes he has anything relevant to say about politics, national affairs, the economy, etc.
yes, I was thinking I was accidentally a supermodel.
I AM !!
falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.
See, things were different back during Apollo, when Neil and I were hanging out in the Sea of Tranquility...
He was a Marine Reserve in a unit that would not deploy after 5 different deferments. One other note, he looks like he sits to pee.
I’m only 29.
Since neil has never served this Nation, he needs to butt out ! Blumenthal did his presser at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall! Blumenthal compounded his lies about his earlier lies
Poor neil, he has his head in a very dark place.
by choosing the VFW hall surrounded by known liars and Posers.
Since neil has never served this Nation, he needs to butt out !
Blumenthal did his presser at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall!
Blumenthal compounded his lies about his earlier lies
David Brooks is James Carville’s suave hand-puppet.
We are not talking about a multi-deployed secret agent, this guy is just a liar.
Dan Quayle read from a card given him by the school which was misspelled
“Then there was that secret raid up the Mekong that John Kerry and I led in ‘68 when we were SEALs. SGT John Rambo went along for the ride. He later quit the Army and became an actor—Sylvester Stallone. Maybe you’ve heard of him.”
His false claim to have been in Vietnam was dishonorable.
But there seems to have been no shortage of dishonorable Democrat politicians who have served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve: Murtha, Blumenthal . . .
The exact quote from the article is:
he expresses concern about how the ideas of the educated class have fallen from favor.
"The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting," he said.
If anything, I would take this as a suggestion, by Brooks, that the self-proclaimed "educated calss" needs to reconsider its position in society since it has become, seemingly, irrelevant.
Brooks works for a newspaper that has literally made up stories from whole-cloth. How else can he respond, and not be labeled a hypocrite?
Anyone who outright lies to you is telling you what they think of you. They think one of two things: 1. You are too stupid or clueless to know you are hearing a big lie or 2. You are too weak to stand up and point out the lie. Either way, they are calling you stupid or weak.
Pretty sad case when they can state the level of our own expectation and then say,” well what did you expect out of us? Now can we move on to f-ing your life up again” If those voters buy that they deserve the leadership they get....
Murtha, like Blumenthal, was a slime ball deserving of derision but that derision is deserved for behavior other than serving in the Marine Corps.
"Honestly, Officer, I 'accidentally' shot him 6 times with my single-shot revolver"
"And when the legions of NVA regulars converged on us, there at the top of the ridge I stood, weapon trained up them, cutting them down by the hundreds, saving whole brigades..."
Does he ever take his knee pads off?
Agree. He should be proud of having been a Marine Reserve and that should be good enough. He is like Congressman Murphy in PA 8th. He was a JAG Lawyer in Iraq and claims he led troops up Ambush Alley. Imagine a Lawyer leading anybody anywhere. Serving is good enough, enhancing your service is the sin.
David Brooks knows how to keep getting invited to the “right” cocktail parties.
Was he a Marine? Well he went through boot camp, ITR, and some sort of MOS Training (maybe OJT at his reserve unit).....beyond that he never really put himself in a position to sacrifice, or risk his life for his country.......he played it safe for himself all the way.......I tend to think he gamed the system for his personal benefit.......there was a war going on ya know! He studiously avoided service in it.....and now I’m supposed to applaud him?
He rates just a tick above those that say “ Well I was gonna join, but....”
Conversely, a five-time deferral Marine Reservist who never served in a combat zone but claims otherwise is fair game, Reserve service notwithstanding.
Murtha was dishonorable scum. The fact that he wore the uniform of an honorable service did not cleanse him.
Lying liars making lying excuses for liars.
And by right, you mean Left. Right?