“A terribly weak and unreliable character”
Jonah Goldberg last week had a good summing up of the meaning of Richard Blumenthal’s lie about Vietnam:
Second, I don’t understand why some people think Blumenthal’s behavior is so complicated. Beyond the arguments about “stolen valor” and whatnot, it seems the most basic motivation is seduction. Public speaking, particularly for big-ego politicians, is an act of seduction. Love me, respect me, think I am special. Bill Clinton was perfect example of this sort of thing. He had a long record of telling audiences what he thought they most wanted to hear, particularly if it made him seem heroic or special (remember his line about the Church burnings of his childhood?). Joe Biden did the same thing when he plagiarized those coal mining speeches.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 25, 2010 10:35 AM | Send