Video: Luck o’ The Dodd

posted at 12:55 pm on March 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Even political groups get fanciful on St. Patrick’s Day, and the NRSC actually has a tie between Senator Chris Dodd and Ireland — namely, Dodd’s mansion in the Auld Country. The Republicans sense vulnerability in Connecticut, thanks to Dodd’s Friends of Angelo mortgages and his odd ability to buy estates in foreign countries:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! And no one feels luckier than Christopher Dodd! Did you know he owns an estate among the shamrocks in Ireland? Connecticut must not be good enough for the ol’ lad.

The whole Dodd clan even moved to Iowa. Home sweet home! But not as sweet as his sweetheart mortgage deal from his friend Angelo Mozilo! How lucky!

Oh, but how unlucky his constituents in Connecticut are. No wonder his poll numbers are bottoming out…like a pint of Guinness! The Luck o’ the Dodd is running out!

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I suppose we can forgive the Lucky Charms accents and animation, in the service of this particular story.  I do object to the notion of a pint of Guinness bottoming out.  A pint of Guinness should never bottom out.

Glenn Reynolds has been covering the Irish estate story in detail.  He had a link to this Times of London story over the weekend, which makes clear that it’s not just the kind of class-warfare issue that the NRSC hints about in this video:

Dodd bought a one-third share of a 10-acre property on the island of Inishnee, near Roundstone, in 1994 for $53,000 (about €41,000 at today’s rate). He is still a regular visitor there. William Kessinger, a business partner of Downe’s, purchased the remaining two-thirds for $107,000. Downe witnessed the transaction and signed the deed.

Questions have now been raised about Downe’s role, by both journalists and Republicans in Connecticut, the state Dodd represents. The year before Dodd bought the Galway property, Downe pleaded guilty to insider trading and agreed to pay the government $11m in a settlement. In 2001, near the end of Clinton’s term of office, Dodd successfully lobbied the White House for a pardon. Unusually, the pardon wasn’t first sanctioned by the US Department of Justice.

In 2002 Kessinger sold his two-thirds share of the property to Dodd for $127,000, a profit of only $20,000 from an eight-year period during which property prices doubled in Roundstone, a popular second-home location with rich Dubliners.

Dodd said the price agreed between himself and Kessinger was based on a “recent valuation”. In financial-disclosure documents after his outright purchase of the property, Dodd claimed that the 1,700 sq ft house and surrounding land was worth between $100,000 and $250,000. At the time, similar properties in Roundstone were selling for more than twice this figure.

Can you say “payoff”?  That’s exactly what this looks like.  Expect the NRSC to start hitting this harder and more specifically as 2009 moves towards 2010.  In the meantime, Connecticut residents might consider giving Dodd the Irish blessing Go n-éirí an bothar leat — “May the road rise to meet you” — and add agus go luath … “and soon”.


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For some reason my mind traslates gaelic (sp?) into something that sounds loke the Swedish Chef.

loudmouth883 on March 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM

That was fun.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

It’s too bad they missed the protection for the AIG bonuses.

WashJeff on March 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

May the Goon of Gloccamorra kick his a$$.
(Old Irish Proverb)

whitetop on March 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Connecticut residents might consider giving Dodd the Irish blessing Go n-éirí an bothar leat — “May the road rise to meet you” — and add agus go luath … “and soon”.

May it be so…Amen.

canditaylor68 on March 17, 2009 at 1:02 PM

On a related note, since President Pinnochio can’t seem to find a taxpaying Dem to appoint to office, perhaps now would be a good time to ask our overseas friends and investors to disclose the names of any Congress Critters or Senate Scumbags who have large overseas accounts and ask these crooks to pay back the money for the good of the country or do the honorable thing and fall on their sword, Commit (Harry Kerry). A good place to start would be with #4 at:
http://www.treas.gov/tic/mfh.txt

or in Doods case maybe The Bank of Ireland if such a bank exists!

Wolverines!

dhunter on March 17, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Heh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 17, 2009 at 1:04 PM

He’s an even bigger crook than we suspected. Surprise! Just wondering here–but are there ANY honest Democrats on the Hill? Surely there must be one or two.

jeanie on March 17, 2009 at 1:05 PM

How do you say “Get stuffed, Dodd, you demorat criminal” in Irish Gaelic?

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 1:05 PM

The Republicans sense vulnerability in Connecticut, thanks to Dodd’s Friends of Angelo mortgages and his odd ability to buy estates in foreign countries

New addition to the list: creates law to protect campaign donor’s bonuses, then shows outrage when they get it, but only after Fearless Feckless Leader shows outrage.

Dodd’s campaign slogan: “I was for the bonuses, before I was against them”

BobMbx on March 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Funny post, Ed O’Morrissey :)

jcheney on March 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D96VT8RO0&show_article=1

Hmmmm. Caterpilar is laying more off. No mention in the article about Obama’s BS assurance about hiring back the workers who were already laid off.

Obama lied and more jobs died!

milwife88 on March 17, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I think the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee is just trying to distract us.

Obama has just named his first judicial appointment and you just know that the Republicans in the Senate are going to vote to confirm.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

By rights that land and house belongs to us, and I’d be willing to evict his sorry ass from it.

AubieJon on March 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Christ Dodd should be in jail for robbing the American people! He and Frank act like they were innocent bystanders. Shameful!

Christian Conservative on March 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

As a resident of Connecticut all I can say about Chris Dodd is… May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase him so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can’t find him with a telescope.

jasetaro on March 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

This is funny. There’s also a Christopher Dodd who happens to be the largest recipient of money from AIG, just ahead of some guy name Barry O’Bama.

I wonder if they’re related?

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat.

DrSteve on March 17, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Obama’s First Appellate Court Nominee: Hard Left [Wendy Long]

As reported by the New York Times this morning, the first Obama federal Circuit Court of Appeals nominee is “moderate” David Hamilton of Indiana, to be nominated this week to the 7th Circuit.

It’s interesting that this is what Obama and the New York Times call a “moderate”: Hamilton has a history as a hard-left political activist, and his choice signals that Obama does intend to push extreme liberals onto the bench and politicize the courts as we’ve never seen before.

Hamilton was a fundraiser for ACORN (nice ACORN payback, Mr. President) and served as vice president for litigation and a board member of the Indiana ACLU. In 1994, when President Clinton nominated him to the district court, the ABA rated him as ‘not qualified,’ apparently because of his almost purely political (as opposed to legal and judicial) experience.

Interestingly, he is also the brother-in-law of perhaps the hardest left radical Obama nominee to the Department of Justice, Dawn Johnsen.

Beginning to notice a pattern here?

unseen on March 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM

DrSteve on March 17, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Go han-mhaith!

Ed Morrissey on March 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

That’s a serious problem but it isn’t the only serious problem facing him. Sen. ‘About Face’, aka Christopher Dodd, is eating crow after Fox Business Channel pointed out that the bonuses Dodd’s railing against were put into law by Sen. Dodd.

LFRGary on March 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Corruption we can believe in!

petunia on March 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Chris Dodd can “pogue mahone”!!!

rockmom on March 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

That’s a serious problem but it isn’t the only serious problem facing him. Sen. ‘About Face’, aka Christopher Dodd, is eating crow after Fox Business Channel pointed out that the bonuses Dodd’s railing against were put into law by Sen. Dodd.

LFRGary on March 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

CNBC is all over this today too. Republicans are hammering the talking point that the Porkulus bill — which Republicans unanimously opposed — included language stuck in by Chris Dodd to grandfather any bonuses promised to TARP recipients prior to the bill’s enactment.

rockmom on March 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Looks like Dodd may be spending some time out of the country soon..?

d1carter on March 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Hey, Dodd!

Titim gan éirí ort.
Imeacht gan teacht ort.

And, lastly…

Póg mo thóin.

kakypat on March 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

For an even better joke, turn on the boob tube and listen to Bobbie Gibb’s doing his presser.

Knucklehead on March 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Ed Morrissey on March 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Go raibh maith agat, me boyo.

DrSteve on March 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

For some reason my mind traslates gaelic (sp?) into something that sounds loke the Swedish Chef.

loudmouth883 on March 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM

When I try speaking with just about any European accent other than British, my East European background comes through and makes me sound like Count Dracula.

Bigfoot on March 17, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Has anyone notice that the ones working in Washington have way to much money and power and they don’t pay taxes!! and they us a lot of fossil fuel!!

beachkatie on March 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM

That’s the ones we need to turn our anger to!

beachkatie on March 17, 2009 at 4:57 PM

After the fast-talk at the end, they should’ve added “dontcha know”.

Tzetzes on March 17, 2009 at 5:43 PM

jasetaro on March 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Hey jasetaro,

We have to make sure Dodd does not win in our state. He has outlived his welcom – then we need to do something about the libert**ds who are in the house and senate here.

OneConservative on March 17, 2009 at 11:05 PM