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Walsh Plagiarism Scandal Won’t Be Easy to Leave Behind

U.S. Army War College opens investigation while GOP campaign arm jumps on the story.

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Rod Kackley

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July 26, 2014 - 2:15 pm
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Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is not going to be able to leave behind the scandal regarding allegations he plagiarized parts of his U.S. Army War College master’s thesis when the Senate goes on its August recess.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee didn’t hold back on its efforts to keep the story alive, sending out an email blast on the topic July 25 titled “Cheaters never win.”

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon opened his monologue July 24 with a comment on the scandal, ending with the line, “You’re only hurting yourself, mister.”

And Army War College officials announced July 24, after examining Wash’s paper, that the college’s Academic Review Board would conduct an investigation.

The New York Times broke the story July 23 showing large sections of the strategy research paper written by Walsh in 2007 had been lifted from other sources, word-for-word, without attribution.

Walsh told reporters in Washington, D.C., that he had not done anything wrong, or if he had it was unintentional. Later the day the story became public, Walsh told the Associated Press that if he had plagiarized anyone’s work, it might have been the result of post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq and the medication he was taking to treat PTSD.

The Army War College released a statement explaining that the Academic Review Board is “the deliberate process used for all cases of suspected plagiarism or misconduct for a neutral, independent review of the case.”

Faculty members will review the evidence in the Walsh case and then make a recommendation to the Army War College.

The statement also stressed the review process is “administrative and not judicial.” The strictest punishment is getting kicked out of the college, bureaucratically known as being “disenrolled.”

This is not the first time the Army War College has been faced with a situation like this, but it is rare. Only eight other students have been punished since 1990 by having the Army War College revoke their graduation status, after graduation. Six of those cases were for plagiarism and two for misconduct, according to the War College.

There is more to the punishment that just being disenrolled. “If the plaque bearing graduates’ names has already been hung in front of the college, they have their name removed from the metal plate,” according to the War College statement.

“Then and now, we trust our students to uphold high standards of academic integrity unless there is reason to believe otherwise.”

Walsh didn’t need this.

It came as Walsh, who was appointed to the Senate in February to fill out the term of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), was closing the gap in his campaign for another term against Republican Rep. Steve Daines. Down by as much as 18 points earlier, Walsh had pulled to a seven-point margin in a Public Policy Polling survey of likely Montana voters released July 21.

It is not just the prospect of polling numbers cascading down that has to be worrying the Walsh campaign. It has not been keeping pace with the Daines camp in terms of fundraising.

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Frankly, I don't see this as a lasting scandal. He's a Democrat...Democrats don't care about these kinds of things. Warren's fake Native American heritage was far more egregious, and that didn't matter in Massachusetts. Blumenthal's misleading military history didn't matter in Connecticut. If he loses, it won't be because of this ethical violation...Democrat's don't care about ethical violations.
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PTSD can cause fear of loud noises, for example, but I never heard, before now anyway, of PTSD causing fear of quotation marks and footnotes. Waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night screaming ”In-text citation!!!”. Horrible thing to endure.

But officer, you have got to let me off with just a warning for going 60 in a 30 zone. Well, OK, going 60 in a 30 zone. running a red light and almost running 4 people over, but who’s counting as I have PTSD!!! You pig! You should be thanking me for my service!
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee... “Cheaters never win.”

Proving that Republicans have a sense of humor.
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I live in Montana and can't stand Walsh. Democrats should get Walsh to not run and replace him with ex-Governor Schweitzer. He's a total jerk too but more popular and could win. Hope they don't read this.
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As a voter in Montana, I can tell you that Walsh is a dead man walking right now. Even my wife (The Good Democrat) has had it with him. Blaming Daines just looks even more desperate. What, did Daines somehow make him plagiarize his thesis?
Welcome Senator Daines come January.
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The New York Times broke the story July 23...

Uh, why would the NY Times go after a fellow Dem?
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Ask Robert Torricelli. Democrats replaced the author of major parts of Obamacare, Max Baucus, with Walsh to try to keep a Democrat in that senate seat. I think the New York Times is trying to get Walsh to pull a Torricelli and resign now.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2002/10/02/lautenberg-to-be-torricelli-replacement-in-senate-race/
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"GOP campaign arm jumps on the story"
"The National Republican Senatorial Committee didn’t hold back on its efforts to keep the story alive, sending out an email blast on the topic July 25 titled “Cheaters never win.”"

A GOP email to (mostly) GOP voters is hardly worth a mention.

I think an attack ad could be done, but it would have to avoid being seemingly mean spirited.

Picture an older couple at the dining room table.

Marge laments that Walsh felt he needed to cheat to go through the War College.

Bob (a retired Marine) agrees, but adds how it shows we just can't trust this Walsh fellow--he violated a code of honor, we don't do that here in Montana.


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NO! This has nothing to do with Obama's college records being sealed. Don't even go there. The IRS may need to make schedule a meeting if you do, if you know what I mean...

Knock it off. It's not funny. He's the smartest President we've ever had. Remember that village missing their idiot? That's what the next Republican President is going to face too. I don't care if you get Condi Rice on the ticket, she's gonna lose 20 IQ points on the first weekend.
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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is standing behind Walsh because, at this later date, their only other options are a write-in candidate or moving the New jersey Supreme Court to Montana in order to allow them to replace Walsh on the ballot with another Democrat.
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Frankly, I don't see this as a lasting scandal. He's a Democrat...Democrats don't care about these kinds of things. Warren's fake Native American heritage was far more egregious, and that didn't matter in Massachusetts. Blumenthal's misleading military history didn't matter in Connecticut. If he loses, it won't be because of this ethical violation...Democrat's don't care about ethical violations.
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" the scandal regarding allegations he plagiarized "

They are not allegations any more. He has admitted part of it, and the rest is obvious.

Please stop playing the left's game. Man up, and tell your lawyers to shut up.

This is a "go ahead, make my day" moment. Seize it.



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But, THE NYT OUTED HIM!! What's that all about? Is that why what's her face got fired?
And isn't picking on Walsh racist? After all, the NYT said nothing when it was discovered that Martin Luther King, Jr. had plagiarised a portion of his doctoral dissertation. How come the NYT is picking on a white guy?
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MSM Stylebook
Smear campaign = any truth hostile to a Democrat
Matter of record = any lie that harms a Republican
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