Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) has always seemed to me to be deficient in the brain department. Apparently such stupidity is richly rewarded; I learned from Wikipedia that he is one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with a net worth over $100 million.
During his 2010 Senate campaign, Blumenthal claiming he had served “in Vietnam” created a controversy. Blumenthal denied having intentionally misled voters, but acknowledged having occasionally “misspoken” about his service record. He later apologized to voters for remarks about his military service which he said had not been “clear or precise”.
I won’t criticize Blumenthal’s military service during the Vietnam war, but TO BE CLEAR AND PRECISE, Blumenthal received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, first educational deferments, then deferments based on his occupation. In April 1970 Blumenthal enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served in units in Washington, D.C., and Connecticut from 1970 to 1976, attaining the rank of sergeant.
NOW he has openly and unashamedly consorted with Communists. Yes, Communists who identify as such:
. . . And this wasn’t just an encounter of happenstance. This was a preplanned, open, full embrace of a Communist Party event, accompanied by fulsome praise for the Communist Party hosts. What it means is that even if U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut isn’t himself a communist, he is indisputably a fellow traveler.
. . . Specifically, here’s what Blumenthal did. He spoke at the annual ceremony of the Connecticut People’s World Committee, and he used Senate stationery to provide approving recognition to winners of the committee’s “Amistad Award.” The group is openly and proudly an affiliate of the Communist Party USA.
There could have been no confusion about the nature of the organization. At the event, not long before Blumenthal spoke, one of the two event hosts explained that “this year, the awards are held on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the Communist Party USA,” then went on for some time praising the party’s work since 1919 and “invit[ing]” listeners to join the Communist Party (by name) and create “a new socialist system.”
In introducing Blumenthal , the other host specifically said she was “honoring how important the Communist Party is … not just in Connecticut, but across the whole world.” Precisely one minute after she said those words, Blumenthal took the podium, saying he was “really excited and honored to be with you.” He gave a mild disclaimer that one need not “agree with … every organization” in order to honor the three award winners, all of whom had pushed for priorities of the labor movement.
As the Washington Examiner points out, his fellow Democrats should denounce Blumenthal and strip him of some of his power. Somehow, I don’t see that happening. Indeed:
Blumenthal will continue to enjoy all the emoluments of power and all the goodwill of his Democratic colleagues despite, or maybe because of, his enthusiastic participation in a Connecticut Communist Party awards ceremony. The Democratic congressional leadership certainly won’t denounce Blumenthal, much less strip him of committee posts, because to them, communism isn’t a mortal threat but a noble ideal that just hasn’t been well-implemented.