Jul
23
2014

NYT: Senator John Walsh of Montana plagiarized his senior thesis.

And I will give the Old Grey Lady this: They didn’t play NAME! THAT! PARTY! with the title.

Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own
Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism

…Shocking, isn’t it?  And, here: let me give my readers an idea of just how serious this is.

The master’s degree in strategic studies from the War College [the degree that triggered Walsh’s plagiarism] has benefited Mr. Walsh’s career: In a military evaluation the year after Mr. Walsh received it, his commander praised him for it, writing that he “leads his peers and sets example in maintaining continuous military education and training subjects pertinent to today’s leadership challenges.”

In September 2008, Mr. Walsh, a recipient of the Bronze Star, was appointed adjutant general of Montana’s National Guard by the governor. A subsequent military evaluation said his prospects for the post had been “bolstered” in part by his degree from the War College.

Located in Carlisle, Pa., the Army War College is a coveted career stop for ambitious officers, and its graduates since its 1901 founding include Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf. As with most military institutes, the War College emphasizes honor and integrity: Its current student handbook states that plagiarism will result in disenrollment and that discoveries of academic violations have led to degrees being rescinded and names being scraped off the bronze plaques honoring graduates on campus.

You think this is going to be an issue in the Montana Senate race? …Because I think that this is going to be an issue in the Montana Senate race.  As well it should be.  I mean, sure, Joe Biden got elected Vice President twice despite the fact that he himself is a serial plagiarist; but then, Joe Biden never won in Montana.

Moe Lane

PS: Steve Daines for US Senate.

PPS: Do your oppo, people.  Do it particularly on your own people.

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