Chris Matthews tells Connecticut: I wouldn’t vote for Blumenthal

Hey, this is from the Democrats, democrat. The conversation starts over the latest Q poll and Matthews wonders why people in Connecticut support a “lier”. Matthews doesn’t buy the apology and can’t quite figure out why the polls show him with such a big lead. Me too.


Is this really a case of Blumenthal just being a nice guy … or is it the the folks don’t like McMahon?

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  1. Valerie on May 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I find these days I so seldom agree with Chris, but here I can find common ground.   There is just no way I'd send somebody off to Washington who has lying as part of his skill-set prior to getting involved with some of the all time champion 'misspeakers'.   Is there anyway anyone can believe Dick Blumenthal?  Didn't Chris Dodd get kicked to the curb for similar reasons?  Why start fresh with somebody who elaborates to the point of lying?  And of all subjects?  Military service.      I hope Connecticut voters think this through very clearly. 

  2. ranselmi on May 28, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I wont vote for him either….For a Marine to lie about his "In Country" service is beyond forgivness, period.  He dishonors the rest of us, espicially the 57,000 who gave the ulitmate sacrifice so Blumie cound get his 4 deferments….show me your DD214, and I'll show you mine.

    Ray Anselmi, S/Sgt USMC 1966-1969.

    Also on the Wahoo…A great Book "Wake of the Wahoo" by Forrest Sterling.  Here is some info:

     From Pearl Harbor to her last and fatal voyage, the heroic story of America's most daring World War II submarine, as told by the only surviving member of her crew—Forest J. SterlingUSS Wahoo (SS-238) was the most successful American submarine in the World War II Pacific Fleet. She was the first to penetrate an enemy harbor and sink a Japanese ship. And was the first to wipe-out an entire convoy single-handedly. In her 11 short months of life, Wahoo managed an incredible 21 kills, totaling over 60,000 tons of ships. Then, just 45 minutes before leaving Midway (island) for what would be her last and fatal patrol, Yeoman Forest Sterling was suddenly transferred to other duty. The result is this book; Wake of the Wahoo, Sterling's fantastic yet completely authentic account of a remarkable crew, captain and the ship they lived and died for. Wahoo's captain—the aggressive and brave Lieutenant Commander Dudley 'Mush' Morton was the pride of the submarine fleet. He would earn the Navy Cross at the helm of Wahoo. The sub's executive officer—the daring Lieutenant Richard H. 'Dick' O'Kane. O'Kane would later receive the Medal of Honor in command of the submarine USS Tang (SS-306. Forest Sterling tells the story as no one else could—Wake of the Wahoo is a true account of American submarine warfare from a man who lived it … and live to tell about it.

    Naval History Immortalizes Commander Dudley 'Mush' Morton, and his Wahoo

       The World War II "hero" submarine USS Wahoo was among 52 American submarines that made the supreme sacrifice during World War II. But before Wahoo went to a watery grave, the sub and its skipper, Commander Dudley W. "Mushmouth" Morton, racked up an extraordinary combat record. In his book, "Wake of the Wahoo," the sub's chief yeoman, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Forest J. Sterling, said Wahoo flew a string of more than 20 miniature Japanese flags, symbolizing the number of enemy vessels she'd sunk. Sterling called Morton "a natural leader and born daredevil" and "an uncommonly talented submarine officer." Morton was endeared by his Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.) classmates as "Mushmouth" because of his knack for yarn-spinning.

    In Morton's 10 months of command, Wahoo's impressive "firsts" included being the first sub to successfully attack an oncoming enemy destroyer using the "down-the-throat" shot and first to wipe out an entire convoy single-handedly. Another "first" possibly propelled "Mush's" executive officer, then Lieutenant Commander Richard H. "Dick" O'Kane, into "daredevil" status, too. Naval Historical Center researchers at the Washington (D.C.) Navy Yard said the most extraordinary of Morton's many innovations aboard the Wahoo was having O'Kane man the periscope. O'Kane earned three Silver Star medals for valor aboard Wahoo and left after its fifth patrol to skipper his own boat, the USS Tang. He went on to sink 31 ships, more than any other U.S. sub, and to earn the Medal of Honor and retire as a Rear Admiral.

    "Postwar examination of enemy records reveals a report that, on October 11, 1943, in La Perouse Strait, "Our plane found a floating sub and attacked it with three depth charges." That may be the epitaph of the Wahoo and 80 American fighting men," retired Navy Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood wrote in the foreword to Sterling's book, first published about 15 years after the war. The October 18, 1943, edition of "Time" magazine glorified Wahoo's last patrol as achieving "one of World War II's most daring submarine penetrations of enemy waters, a feat ranking with German Gunther Prien's entry at Scapa Flow, the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. raid in Tokyo Bay."

    When the "daredevil skipper" died, his claimed sinkings exceeded those of any other U.S. sub commander: 17 ships for 100,000 tons. A postwar accounting readjusted this tally to 19 ships and 55,000 tons. In terms of individual ships sunk, Morton was one of the top three U.S. sub skippers of the war, according to Naval Historical Center researchers. Commander "Mush" Morton and his Wahoo became legends. "Mush" received three Navy Crosses in his lifetime and a fourth posthumously "for extraordinary heroism and outstanding course as commanding officer of the USS Wahoo during action against enemy Japanese forces…." He also held the Army Distinguished Service Cross. Wahoo, named after a dark blue Caribbean food fish, earned six battle stars for World War II service

    • PIRPanthers on May 28, 2010 at 6:31 am

      I would recommend Escape from the Deep[About the Tang]  <cite&gt ; started reading it and did not put it down till I finished it. Those guys on the WWII sub's were the bravest of the Brave. And that comes from my Dad who fought with the 101st in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. If he says so I Know it's true. 


  3. David R on May 28, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Chris sounds like he's come across his first politician with feet of clay. Where's he been?  If you look at Blumenthal's overall record, he's done quite a job for CT. He has a record, unlike the Republican opponent, and he will win. Too bad Rob Simmons was kicked to the curb.  He seems to be a class guy.

  4. ranselmi on May 28, 2010 at 6:58 am

    A thought of thanks for Tommy this Memorial Day:


    Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division

    Place and date: Near Vandergrift Combat Base, A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 5 February 1969  


    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company G, in operations against the enemy in Quang Tri Province. Company G was directed to move from a position which they had been holding southeast of the Vandergrift Combat Base to an alternate location. As the marines commenced a slow and difficult descent down the side of the hill made extremely slippery by the heavy rains, the leading element came under a heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit occupying well concealed positions in the rocky terrain. 4 men were wounded, and repeated attempts to recover them failed because of the intense hostile fire. L/Cpl. Noonan moved from his position of relative security and, maneuvering down the treacherous slope to a location near the injured men, took cover behind some rocks. Shouting words of encouragement to the wounded men to restore their confidence, he dashed across the hazardous terrain and commenced dragging the most seriously wounded man away from the fire-swept area. Although wounded and knocked to the ground by an enemy round, L/Cpl. Noonan recovered rapidly and resumed dragging the man toward the marginal security of a rock. He was, however, mortally wounded before he could reach his destination. His heroic actions inspired his fellow marines to such aggressiveness that they initiated a spirited assault which forced the enemy soldiers to withdraw. L/Cpl. Noonan's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Congressional Medal of Honor

  5. Steve McGough on May 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I'm letting the comments about the Wahoo, WWII and veterans stay up, but please do not post anymore. Since your comments are specifically tied to a discussion on the radio show today, the hundreds of people who are looking at this thread today have no idea why you are adding this information.

    We'll post a Memorial Day Weekend open thread later today.

    Thank you.

  6. Wind on May 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Did someone wean Matthews off the Kool Aid?  Is this just a ploy for a rating boost? Perhaps the aliens activated his microchip and he is now "Fair and balanced"…anyway…it is always good to see common sense in broadcasting. 🙂

    • David R on May 29, 2010 at 4:27 am

      I agree  Kool Aid has something to do with it . I just think he's overdosed out of desperation. First his Daddy-O let's him down by not holding his hand through the oil spill crisis. Then he discovers that politicians lie to get votes, and/or in Blummies case, to bask in the glow of an appreciative audience. Mathew's needs a de-tox, and a mood elevator.

    • Dimsdale on May 29, 2010 at 5:30 am

      Could the constant parade of corrupt Democrats and a highly inept president be a kind of virtual "mugging", the kind that is famous for turning liberals into conservatives?  😉

  7. Steven on May 29, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I wouldn't vote for BLumie nor will I vote for Linda.   Its time to vote your conscience not the lesser of the evils – weve done that way too long around here.  I'd really like to know why no one mentions – Schiff.  To me he's the only candidate to even consider.  Are we going to trade one machine for another again?

    Not this cranky yankee….. Mad in America.  Bring the jobs home.


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