#MTsen: Who does John Walsh think he is? Joe Biden?

Posted by: Phineas on July 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"Cheater?"

“Cheater?”

Well, this is embarrassing. The Democratic nominee for the seat once held by Max Baucus (D – Train Wreck), who is now Ambassador to China, has been called out by no less than that arch-conservative rag The New York Times for plagiarizing his Army War College master’s thesis:

Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.

On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues.

But one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.

Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research project,” to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.

Read the rest; it’s pretty damning stuff, as in wholesale cutting-and-pasting from publicly available think-tank reports. For example:

Mr. Walsh writes: “Democracy promoters need to engage as much as possible in a dialogue with a wide cross section of influential elites: mainstream academics, journalists, moderate Islamists, and members of the professional associations who play a political role in some Arab countries, rather than only the narrow world of westernized democracy and human rights advocates.”

The same exact sentence appears on the sixth page of a 2002 Carnegie paper written by four scholars at the research institute. In all, Mr. Walsh’s recommendations section runs to more than 800 words, nearly all of it taken verbatim from the Carnegie paper, without any footnote or reference to it.

As we used to say in school, “bus-TED!”

Naturally, the Democrats will immediately call on Senator Walsh to withdraw from the race, if not resign, so… Wait. I’m sorry, I’m mixing that up with what the Democrats would do if a Republican were the miscreant. In Walsh’s case, he fits right in with the party’s leaders.

Walsh is fighting to keep this seat for the Democrats against Republican challenger Rep. Steve Daines. Daines has been doing well in the polls, and this scandal isn’t likely to help Senator Walsh, but this is no time to get comfortable. You’ll find Steve Daines’ web site here. If you can, send him some money.

Because every seat counts.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Why does the NYT care one whit about plagiarism? They had two of the most egregious purveyors on their payroll in the form of Jayson Blair and Maureen Dowd and she is still with them.

    Pot, meet kettle.

  2. Phineas says:

    Heh. I’d forgotten about Blair. What did Dowd plagiarize?

  3. I was doing a post on this and then saw you came up with the same line! I cited you immediately!

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Dowd plagiarized a post from the Talking Points Memos site in ’09. It was minor but her taking a meat ax approach to then-Presidential candidate Biden’s alleged plagiarism 20 years earlier and destroying his candidacy put her in the crosshairs.

    What comes around goes around.

  5. Carlos says:

    A lousy little non-attribution from a jackass means absolutely nothing to either the jackass hierarchy, the un/non-informed voter or the LSM.

    After all, we have a VP whose apparent specialty in college was “lifting” others’ written thoughts without attribution.

    So the guy stole some pretty important thoughts. So what? We got a “leader” whose specialty is theft, and who I’d wager hasn’t had an original legal thought since he started attending madrasses in his youth.