Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record.
While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being loquacious, veered into the Connecticut Senate race.
“I didn’t serve in Vietnam. I don’t want to make a Blumenthal mistake here,” he said according to a pool report.
First off: ‘loquacious’ is not exactly the word that I’d use, as it does not have the same connotations for disaster and embarrassment that, say, ‘going off half-cocked’ does. Second: Dick Blumenthal didn’t ‘misstate:’ he lied. Third: any guesses on Biden’s intent, here? It’s usually safe to assume that he didn’t mean to throw another log on the Blumenthal pyre; but it’s also possible that somebody told him that it was important to push the ‘misstatement’ meme, and this is just Joe Biden’s way of trying to help.
Either way, of course it’s not precisely bright to bring up Blumenthal’s lie to a crowd of wounded soldiers – most of whom can be reliably expected to have strong personal views about that sort of thing – but that’s VP Biden for you. And to think that people actually said with a straight face that Biden’s role in the administration would be to help the President avoid rookie mistakes…
Crossposted to RedState.