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  •  I think there's a legitimate issue (5+ / 0-)

    about exaggerating military service.  Blumenthal is not in the clear. The issue is that CNN and others are focusing on something that is simply not that important compared to public policy and actual experience for the job, and CNN and others are actually exaggerating the story beyond what it is because it sells product.

    I think the bigger issue that bugs me is that CNN and everyone else is focusing on military service as a sort of way of gauging patriotic bona fides, as if military service itself is some sort of criteria for electing a politician.  That's Blumenthal's error, which CNN promptly amplifies with its own foolishness.

    Let me put it this way:  A candidate's military service is relevant, if it involved management at a high level (Sestak for example) or if it can be presumed to say something about character (John McCain).  Well, maybe not McCain.  Joining the military may be an indication of a desire to serve the common good or it may be a way to get to college if you are poor. The mere fact of military service really doesn't seem to me to be all that important. There's other ways to serve the public interest - it's just as valid to work as a public defender, or for a non-profit, or in some other way.  The important thing is that a candidate should be able to show (a) competence and (b) that somehow s/he is involved in something important and bigger than their own ambitions.

    It's the nature and impact of that service I'm interested in. It was stupid that Blumenthal exaggerated and said he was in Vietnam when he was merely in the military during the Vietnam era. But it's a tempest in a teapot.

    "Die Stimme der Vernuft ist leise." (The voice of reason is soft)

    by ivorybill on Fri May 21, 2010 at 08:18:32 PM PDT

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