We have to stop excusing these kind of “misstatements” and then maybe we should consider using the term “The Chicago Way” and changing it to “The Connecticut Way”. Progress.
The bigger story here is the threat. After all it comes just one day after staff members from Connecticut’s new Democrat Governor admitted to making public, private license plate information on outgoing Republican Governor Jodi Rell. But I digress.
Senator “I served in Vietnam” Blumenthal holds his first press conference as a Senator (that didn’t take long) to vow he would fight against HR 3, which would prohibit federal funding of abortion.
1/3/2011–Introduced.No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.
But instead of letting the subject matter stand on its own and making his position as a “defender of women’s health” … he once again finds the need to embelish.
“I’m new to the Senate but I’m not new to this battle,” Blumenthal said at a Capitol Hill news conference, his first since taking office. “Since the days of Roe v. Wade, when I clerked for Justice Blackmun, as a state legislator, as attorney general, I have fought this battle.”
The problem is, Blumenthal clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun in 1974, the year after Blackmun wrote the Roe v. Wade decision.
Blumenthal’s slip might not normally generate much attention or scrutiny. But it comes on the heels of an election that focused in part of revelations that Blumenthal made similar misstatements about his Vietnam-era military service.
Now, I agree with Blumenthal’s staff, normally this would not be a big story. But this is a new type of Connecticut Democrat and well, the woman who reported the story from the online newspaper “ctMirror.org”, Deirdre Shesgreen, was then threatened by Blumenthal’s chief of staff.
Laurie Rubiner, Blumenthal’s chief of staff, echoed that argument and warned against writing such an “incendiary” story.
“This is a very unfair route you are going down,” she said. “We’ll remember this.” (emphasis mine)
Swell. So let me see if I get this right. In Connecticut, if you are a new Democrat, violating privacy laws is OK if it embarrasses the opposition. And if you are a new Connecticut Democrat, threatening a reporter is OK if you are the one who is embarrassed.
Just as an aside, Blumenthal goes on with some additional hyperbole, something about HR 3 being a threat to women’s health. Not a woman’s right to choose, but their health. This is a ridiculous statement on it’s face. But if this guy is so concerned about a woman’s health then I would expect him to speak out about Philly’s Doctor Kermit who is indicted for murder, including the death of one women who died after a botched abortion. What’s more the Phily DA today pinned this whole tragedy on the city and state officials failure to monitor “women’s health clinics”.
That isn’t the real cultural question, however. The reason why the state of Pennsylvania didn’t bother to inspect Gosnell’s clinic is because of the political pressure on agencies to protect the operation of abortion clinics. It’s politically incorrect to portray abortions as outpatient surgery, which is exactly what it is, and to apply the same standards on abortion clinics as any other outpatient surgery center. Abortion supporters want to portray the procedure as so routine and inconsequential that it doesn’t require oversight — and that leaves women at the mercy of predators like Gosnell. In Pennsylvania, abortion clinics aren’t required to register as outpatient surgical centers, and the state didn’t even bother to enforce the regulations that did apply to Gosnell’s clinic, even after women turned up in emergencies rooms and morgues after Gosnell’s treatments.
If Roe v Wade was supposed to keep women safe from the butchers, it certainly failed here. Not to mention here.
So where is Blumenthal? Crickets. Just like a few weeks ago when he couldn’t be bother showing up for his assigned Senate duties. This is the same guy who promised he would appear on my show during the campaign … and never did show, for which I have hammered him. So one can only imagine what’s in store for me.