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Dodd Won’t Seek Reelection, Will Retire

From a dismayed Washington Post:

Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd won’t seek reelection, will retire at end of term

By Chris Cillizza
Wednesday, January 6, 2010; A01

Embattled Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek reelection, sources familiar with his plans said Tuesday night.

Word of Dodd’s retirement plans comes after months of speculation about his political future, his faltering poll numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term in the Senate…

Once among the safest of incumbents, Dodd’s political star fell over a two-year period, during which he moved his family to Iowa to pursue the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and was linked to a VIP mortgage loan program overseen by a controversial Wall Street financier. He also drew harsh questions about his oversight of Wall Street, as chair of the Senate Banking Committee, in the years when the nation’s financial system was heading toward near collapse.

Which, we thought, was entirely the fault of George Bush and the greedy Republicans.

Dodd’s poll numbers plummeted last spring before rebounding somewhat over the summer. But another dive in the polls late last year led to widespread concern that Dodd needed to vacate the seat for Democrats to have a chance at retaining it in the 2010 elections.

Dodd’s troubles were politically ironic, coming at a time when his power on Capitol Hill had reached a height that most legislators only dream of. In addition to the banking committee, he also held pivotal posts on the health and foreign relations committees.

Is it irony or cause and effect? Maybe Mr. Dodd was finally powerful and high profile enough for people to begin to finally notice him.

Over the past 18 months, he has been the primary author or co-author of legislation rewriting housing mortgage rules; the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street; key portions of the $787 billion stimulus package; a consumer protection bill overseeing the credit card industry; and the nearly $900 billion health-care legislation that has passed the Senate and is in final negotiations with the House now.

With each major piece of legislation Dodd ushered into law, the senator also endured criticism that he did not anticipate. The mortgage bill came in mid-2008, which some said was delayed because of Dodd’s presidential aspirations, and the financial bailout became one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation passed in recent memory. His work on the stimulus bill, approved last February, was an attempt to rein in executive compensation at firms that had been bailed out but instead led to sharp criticism when executives at AIG, the largest recipient of taxpayer dollars, still received seven-figure bonuses shortly thereafter.

Lest we forget, some claim that Mr. Dodd himself added the language which allowed the AIG executives to continue to get bonuses.

By the way, notice how the Post doesn’t include ‘healthcare reform’ in their list of things that are unpopular.

Without Dodd on the ballot, Republicans’ chances of taking over a seat in solid-blue Connecticut are considerably diminished.

Richard Blumenthal (D), who has served as state attorney general since 1990, is widely expected to declare his candidacy for the seat. The most popular politician in the state, Blumenthal has long coveted a Senate seat, and he had already signaled that he would run for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I) in 2012…

By the way, another Democrat Senator, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, has announced that he too is retiring.

Also, the Democrat governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, has just announced his retirement – after only one term.

Perhaps they too, like Senator Dodd, are stepping down for the good of the party.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Dodd Won’t Seek Reelection, Will Retire”

  1. bill says:

    Now free to vote to screw America with no consequences. In return a cushy no show job in the politburo.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This swan song routine is very telling.

  3. BigOil says:

    Dodd should be exchanging his Senate seat for an orange jumpsuit. In reality, he will receive a golden parachute from the Democrat criminal cabal currently looting the treasury.

    • proreason says:

      Life isn’t enough.

      He is one of the primary architects of the sell-out of the country.

      He isn’t an idealogue. He is simply one of the worst criminals in our country’s history. Other than Barney Franks, he is most responsible for the crippling of the American economy. That will have repurcussions for decades and could end up with the fall of the entire country.

      There isn’t a punishment great enough.

      All for 40 pieces of silver.

      What an odious slimey despicable human being.

  4. 2old2givea says:

    I agree about the orange jumpsuit. Wonder if ol’ Barney’s getting a bit nervous. Nevertheless, it’s nice to sit back for a few moments and relish seeing the bums throw themselves out. Now, if they would just resign before voting on another thing, I’d do a little happy dance.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    The old Irish expression, “Hit him again! He has no friends!” should apply to Dodd.

  6. 2old2givea says:

    LOL!!! (“Hit him again! He has no friends!”)

  7. proreason says:

    Larry Kudlow says the little dictator forced Dodd out because he is a sure loser.

    Why do we even bother with elections and stuff.

    Obamy knows everything.

  8. joeblough says:

    Dodd has to get out of the way if the dems are to have any chance of holding on to his seat.

    The beauty part, for the left, is that the new guy can deflect any criticism and blame to Dodd, and then retail all the same lies that Dodd was dealing in.

    I don’t think that 2010 is going to be the slam dunk for the GOP that so many are predicting.

    By rights it ought to, but I have some serious doubts.

    Especially as the dems are shedding some of their contaminated radioactive incumbents.

  9. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I wonder if this is a prelude to a scandal, I mean another scandal.

  10. Tater Salad says:

    Chris Dodd is a lonely man these days but not for the reasons below. He is a pure crook and he knows it!


  11. jobeth says:

    Kinda nice to see the high, mighty & proud (read that arrogant) get caught up in their own dirty little traps.

    Even the power brokers for the lefties can also be included on the “useful idiot” list.

    Gonna be fun watching some rats jumping ship…as well as watching the dems throw other “useful idiots” into the drink!

  12. Liberals Demise says:

    From the Steve Miller Band:

    “OOOO OOOO take the money and run!”

  13. Petronius says:

    Swan Song for Senator Christopher J. Dodd (Dem.-Conn.)
    (with apologies to Bob Hope)

    Thanks for the memory
    Of sweetheart deals with Angelo
    My secret Irish bungalow
    A life of crime without punishment
    And hair as white as snow
    How lucky I was.

    And thanks for the memory
    Of subprime down-melts
    700 billion dollar bailouts
    Of Freddie Mac and all of that
    And the many girls I felt
    I’ll miss them so much.

    So thanks for the memory
    Of 401ks I destroyed
    Earmarks I enjoyed
    For committee chair and Obamacare
    And staff girls I employed
    How cozy it was.

    But thanks for the memory
    Of sandwiches with Ted
    Budgets $2 trillion in the red
    I may have been a left-wing man
    But now I’ve lost my cred
    And I’ll miss it so much.

  14. canary says:

    His speech was full of himself. Used the word “robust” to describe the Democratic party’s partisanship. I finally put my finger on who Pelosi reminds me of. A combination of Hugo Chavez & Iran’s AhhaMadMan in drag.

  15. RightWinger says:

    This is going to be the strategy of the Democrats for 2010. Anybody who is in serious trouble is probably being asked in a back room to step down, retire, whatever. This way the Dems can bring in unknown faces who will claim they are moderates that are fiscally conservative. Hey just like Barry did!

    Dodd will still make a ton of money by becoming a “consultant” and making 7 figures so he is not going to suffer like his policies have done to millions of Americans.

  16. retire05 says:

    I find it odd that Dodd’s poll numbers were so far down in the toilet, yet the Post seems to think that by the simple act of Dodd not running, it opens up a clear victory for any other Democrat that does run. Seems like the Post is saying it is not the Democrats that Connecticut voters are fed up with, but Dodd they are fed up with.

    You have to wonder why a man who was willing to go the length to run for POTUS, hoping that he could get 8 years out of it, would suddenly decide that it was time for him to relinquish his seat, and the powerful committee positions he currently holds. I am taking the Paul Harvey stance – we need the rest of the story.

    Could it be, possibly, that Dodd sees the handwritting on the wall and that the “get out of jail free” pass he has gotten with Democrat control of the Senate will end after Nov. 2010? No one willing gives up as much power as Dodd has now. No one, who was willing to be POTUS for 4 years, decides it is time to retire just one short year later.

    There is a skeleton in the closet somewhere. Either Dodd was forced out by the Reid/Obama cabal, or he knows the sh-t is going to hit the fan, again.

  17. Chuckk says:

    Dodd was voted “Most Corrupt Politician” in 2009 by Judicial Watch. He should retire to a jail cell.

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