Tales from the Trail

“Blumenthal mistake” – the birth of a catchphrase?

May 26, 2010

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Joe Biden may have coined a new one.

Will ”Blumenthal mistake” – to claim service in the Vietnam War, while having served stateside in the National Guard – end up in some future dictionary of American political slang?

Obama uses V-word in Afghan speech, and we don’t mean victory

December 2, 2009

President Barack Obama uttered it four times in his speech at West Point about the way forward in Afghanistan.

Great gift ideas for the political animal

November 12, 2009

The Vietnam War caused the biggest political division in the United States since the Civil War. It also radicalized a generation and drove a president from office. Yet Democrats are using a photograph of two of the Vietnam War’s leading characters to try to rally the party and raise money.