There’s an old Soviet-era joke that I remember from when I was a kid. A Soviet radio station in Minsk was broadcasting a talk show. The host said “Minsk is the most beautiful city in all of the Soviet Union”.
A caller rang in, and asked “what do you think of the story that the Americans will be targeting nuclear weapons at all of our biggest, most important cities?”
The host immediately chimed in saying “Smolensk is the most beautiful city on all of the Soviet Union!”.
Two years ago, when the DFL ran former sergeant Steve Sarvi against (retired Marine colonel) John Kline in CD2, and former Marine lawyer Ashwin Madia against Erik Paulsen in CD3, military service was high on the DFL’s list of qualifications. Very, very high, in fact.
This past year – especially with former Navy fighter pilot Dan Severson running on the GOP slate for Secretary of State, and former Navy helicopter pilot Chip Cravaack running against Jim Oberstar in CD8, that particular meme has disappeared from all DFL chanting.
But I have a hunch it’s going to disappear a lot more:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut finds Blumenthal with just a three-point advantage over Linda McMahon, 48% to 45%. Two weeks ago, he led the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment by 13 percentage points. The New York Times story broke late Monday; the survey was taken Tuesday evening.
Blumenthal is the anointed replacement for Christopher Dodd in Connecticut. The NYTimes ran a story busting him saying he’d been in Vietnam when he had not.
To be fair, he spent the last years of the Vietnam War in a Marine Reserve unit in DC.
To be even more fair, isn’t that the kind of thing that the left raked George W. Bush and Dan Quayle over for?