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Giving the impression that one served in the military in a capacity one did not

Named after Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, who used language that implied he had served overseas during the Viet Nam war
"I didn't serve in Vietnam. I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here."--Joe Biden, in a speech to veterans on May 25, 2010
by ScAllze May 27, 2010