I love American attack ads

Just hours before the first formal debate in Connecticut’s United States Senate contest, the Republican candidate, Linda E. McMahon, released a new video showing her Democratic opponent, Richard Blumenthal, suggesting that he had served in the Vietnam War even though he did not. 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?”

Lying about war service is one of the lowest things you can do. But Blumenthal is unrepentant.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Blumenthal, Mindy Myers, said Ms. McMahon’s ad was “another desperate attack from a losing campaign with nothing to say. Linda McMahon’s money can’t buy Dick Blumenthal’s genuine record of standing up and fighting for the people of Connecticut.”

Hmmmm…that doesn’t sound like a defense against the accusations

Mr. Blumenthal received five deferments as a young man that allowed him to avoid having to serve the war and, among other things, travel abroad to study and to work in the White House.

He then joined the Marine Corps Reserve, which was considered a haven from the war, in early 1970, when deferments had come under review by the Nixon administration.

Ahhh…so the attack ad allegations are true, it isn’t a desperate attack. This is why I love these types of ads, they are brutally honest, they way politics should be. Putting the heat on liars.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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