Montana Senator Walsh Caught Severely Plagiarizing His Master Thesis, Could Cost Democrats The Senate

Montana Senator Walsh Caught Severely Plagiarizing His Master Thesis, Could Cost Democrats The Senate

The New York Times has revealed that Senator Walsh thesis is in many ways a copy and paste of others work.



For Example: “Most strikingly, the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.

In his third recommendation, 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 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 to it.”

This is not Walsh’s first ethics problem.   From the Boston Globe:

Walsh’s military record was first questioned in January when records revealed the Army reprimanded him in 2010 for pressuring Guardsmen to join a private association for which he was seeking a leadership role.

Walsh was adjutant general at the time and wanted to become vice chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States. In the reprimand, Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli said he questioned Walsh’s ability to lead.

Political scientist David Parker of Montana State University said Walsh’s thesis combined with the reprimand raise questions about the senator’s integrity.

‘‘If this were it, in isolation, I don’t think it would be a big deal,’’ Parker said. ‘‘But now we’ve got two issues of honor and competency.’’

Even MSNBC, which is almost always supportive of Democrats, has got on Walsh’s case about this, with both Madow and Mathews seeing this as unacceptable and possibly costing Walsh his 2014 race, which is just months away.

Plagiarism has cost races for other politicians.  Vice President Joe Biden was knocked out of a Presidential primary over plagiarism less severe than Walsh’s.  Walsh is already behind in the polls, this could indeed prevent him from winning in November and that could cost Democrats the Senate.


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