Archives for the month of: May, 2010
Last week, the New York Times reported that Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s Attorney General and Democratic candidate for the US Senate, had misrepresented his Vietnam war record or lack of record.

After the story broke, the Connecticut Democratic State Convention selected Mr. Blumenthal as its candidate for the Senate. Mr. Blumenthal offered a statement concerning his “few misplaced words,” but he did not apologize or simply say that he was sorry for his long history of misrepresentation. No one is perfect, and a simple “I am sorry” would have gone a long way.
Moreover, the State Democratic Convention could have refused to nominate any senate candidate, and let the Democratic voters decide the issue in the August primary. In light of Mr. Blumenthal’s less than honest statements over the last decades, the Convention would have been wise to let the voters make the call on Mr. Blumenthal’s fitness for office. Instead, the state Democratic politicians decided to close ranks and selected Mr. Blumenthal. If the State Convention had let the state Democratic voters decide Mr.Blumenthal’s suitability for office, the issue would be vetted during the primary campaign and to some extent mitigated. To be sure, the issue would still remain for the Republicans to use in the November general election, but at least a consensus of voters had made a decision on it.

I guess the State Democratic big shots thought they could nominate anyone in thoroughly blue state. The sheer arrogance! Let’s see what the voters say in November. I think Maureen Dowd got it somewhat right in her opinion piece last week.

Why “OneFootInBerlin”? Well, it seems to be a good time to start this blog as I embark on my return to Berlin Germany (not to be confused with Berlin Vermont) on June 1st. I live, work and study 4-5 months a year in Berlin, and reside the rest of the year in the beautiful City of Portland Maine. Initially, I thought I would share my experiences as an American living abroad in Berlin: a kind of Henry James travelogue. But why limit myself. This is my Blog and why not also discuss broader issue such as politics, art, music, film, sports, health, gardening and literature. In short, create an online forum to discuss topical issues from a person who happens to be living part-time in Berlin.

A little about myself. I have a degree in Landscape Architecture but decided to forgo my interest in design and botany to study Law: good move from a monetary perspective but not so good for the soul. That is to say, while working as an attorney, I met a lot of people both as clients and colleagues with dubious moral and ethical character. To be sure, I met a lot of honorable attorneys with high standards; but alas, they were the exception and certainly not the rule. If I ever have the opportunity to write a book, I will call it “Effective Scapegoating Techniques for Practicing Attorneys or How to Achieve Career Advancement at the Expense of Others.” (I adopted this title from an April Fools Day tweet, but that’s another story for a future post.)