It’s been a bad week for political hypocrites and liars, with revelations that Democratic Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (in photo) exaggerated his Vietnam service and Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., cheated on his wife with a married aide while espousing family values — and even filmed a pro-abstinence education video with the aide. Blumenthal’s lie was “a grievous insult to those who did serve and fight in Vietnam,” editorialized USA Today, and at least Souder is showing the good sense to step down. But “if the many honest, hardworking but endangered incumbents want to regain public confidence,” the editorial concluded, “one place to start is to show less tolerance for the phonies in their midst, regardless of party affiliation.”
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