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A Prediction I’m Happy to Have Blown

Well, got the Chris Dodd stays and fights thing wrong.  It happens.

As for the event, “Goodbye” I say.

The only thing I wish, is that prior to this day, Dodd could have been censured by the Senate (at minimum) for his involvement in the shady dealings of CountryWide Mortgage/Financial as a “Friend of Angelo.”  Of course, such a thing would only occur in a nonpartisan body, which the Senate is not.

Had he been censured, like being elected to the Senate, he’d have experienced something just like his father did.  Thomas Dodd was censured in 1967 when it was discovered he was using his campaign funds and converting the money inside them to private accounts and then spending the money for personal use.

Thomas Dodd was the first United States Senator censured by the legislative body since Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy.  (Quite the honor indeed.)

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said Wednesday that his poor political standing in Connecticut did not drive his decision to retire rather than seek reelection – but he acknowledged that it played a role in his thinking.

“Over the past 12 months, I have managed four major pieces of legislation through Congress; served as chair and acting chair of two major Senate Committees, placing me at the center of the two most importance issues of our time – health care and reform of financial services; lost a beloved sister in July and in August – Ted Kennedy; battled cancer over the summer; and in the midst of all this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career,” Dodd said in announcing his retirement at the end of this term.

“None of these events or circumstances either individually or collectively is the cause of my decision not to seek re-election. Yet together these challenges have given me pause, and to take stock, and ask the question that too few of us in elected public life ever do – why am I running?”

Dodd said he asked himself that question as he stood before Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Christmas Eve, just after casting a historic Christmas Eve.

It was then, he said, that he decided it was “my moment to step aside.”

Dodd is not “stepping aside,” he’s doing the only thing he can to avoid an electoral beatdown.

As for the politics in the future, this race now becomes the Democratic equivilent of the Republican’s open Senate seat in Kentucky.  There, Sen. Jim Bunning (who was trailing in both polling and fund raising) was “pushed” out of the race to increase GOP chances of getting the seat.  In Dodd’s case, that will be long-time Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who will be in the race by the time you’re reading this.

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The TV Ad Writes Itself

If Chris Dodd is still a Senator by next November, frankly I’m going to be surprised.  Rumblings all over the political tip sheets are that even Democrats in Connecticut are looking for someone to primary him or “Pull a Torch” so he can just be replaced on the ballot by someone less controversial.

Most of Dodd’s problems stem from his countless connects to the financial industry (He is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee), his sweetheart loans from CountryWide Mortgage and other issues.

May well be time to add another problem.

Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants — a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically “for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems.” The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his.

I have a couple of friends working on different GOP Senatorial campaigns in the Nutmeg State.  They both must now be drooling to return to work when that little tidbit became news yesterday.

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