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Constituent to Dodd: 'You're Not Gonna Get Re-Elected.'

12:29 PM, Dec 28, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Welcome home, Senator!

Dodd is facing a tough re-election bid and at least one man at Bradley International Airport let him know just how tough it will be.

"You're not gonna get re-elected," the man said.
"Nice. Merry Christmas," Dodd responded.

Indeed, is it so much to ask that the people of Connecticut greet Sen. Dodd with proper felicity after a long year of buying Irish cottages and getting sweetheart mortgage deals and shoving 2,000-page bills no one wants down the throats of the American people?

As Harry Reid pleaded, while he was urging the passage of a bill about 60 percent of Americans oppose on Christmas Eve, "It's time that we figure out a way to leave here in a peaceful nature."

A little Christmas civiliy, huh, you Aryan militia groups?

The local news story goes on to say Dodd stands by his vote, but he seems only to stand by it long enough to start edging away from his involvement in his very next quote:

"Look, I'm an accidental participant, had it not been for the illness and death of Senator Kennedy, I'd been a vote on the bill and a vote on the committee," he said.

And, finally, Dodd introduces an often ignored benefit of passing the health-care bill. The elimination of fear.

No, really:

"[I]t eliminates, if nothing else, fear that a lot of people feel. We have 350,000 people in this state who are uninsured," Dodd said.

There is perhaps not a greater illustration of the hubris of a Democratic Senate with a super-majority, and its misplaced faith in the power of the state than that one. Good luck in 2010, sir.