Dodd Follows Dorgan's Lead, Will Retire
8:56 AM, Jan 6, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
The NBC story mentions his "political stock began to fall after the financial crisis," but fails to mention that much of the reason for that is he was overseeing the banking committee, and ostensibly the banking industry, before the fall.
The story also fails to mention until the penultimate paragraph that he got sweetheart mortgage rates from Countrywide, a now defunct subprime mortgage lender that dealt in the kind of risky loans that brought the industry down. Or, that he promised to show everyone his mortgage papers to a year and a half ago, but never did. Or, that there are similar concerns about his purchase of a cottage in Ireland.
Or, that leading the charge on the Senate's incredibly unpopular health-care bill after his friend Sen. Edward Kennedy passed away may have something to do with his terrible poll numbers.
But if you look at the list of Dodd's recent, high-profile "accomplishments," it's not hard to imagine he was slipping in polls because of them, not despite them.
That's quite a list for voters to take a look at and say, "Sheesh, he's at fault for all of that?" and promptly plan to vote Republican. According to the Hartford Courant, Dodd views the health-care vote as his "crowning achievemement," but his constituents have expressed that they don't feel the same.
Which is why the Democratic (and only) strategist quoted by the wires sounds so sanguine about the race, now:
Dodd is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon, and Blumenthal will hold one shortly after, at 2:30 p.m.
The incumbent had been running behind his potential GOP challenger former Rep. Rob Simmons for months. Simmons will face a primary challenger in former WWE founder Linda McMahon. I had hoped Dodd's ego would lead him to the sense of "inevitability" that served Hillary Clinton so well, but it was not to be.