Dodd trails GOP challenger by 11

posted at 10:55 am on November 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If Chris Dodd managed to avoid a Senate inquiry into his chummy deals with Countrywide and Angelo Mozilo, he hasn’t avoided a confrontation with the voters in Connecticut.  A new Quinnipiac poll shows Republican challenger Rob Simmons with an 11-point lead over the incumbent, who can’t get into the 40% range against the former Congressman.  He fares only slightly better against pro-wrestling exec Linda McMahon:

Former Connecticut Congressman Rob Simmons has an early lead in the Republican primary race for the 2010 U.S. Senate contest and runs better than any other challenger against Sen. Christopher Dodd, topping the Democratic incumbent 49 – 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon gets 43 percent to Sen. Dodd’s 41 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Even potential Republican contenders with almost no name recognition and almost no Republican primary voter support give Dodd a run for his money.

As the pollster notes in this release, it looks like a solid 40% of the electorate has already decided on a candidate: Anyone But Dodd.  His approval numbers have headed south, and disapproval threatens to reach 60%.  The push on health care reform should be working for Dodd, but no one trusts him on the economy, which makes it difficult for him to gain any polling health with his work on the Banking Committee.

The entry of McMahon in the race has significantly altered the primary, but thus far not the general election.  McMahon gains 17% of the vote, almost all of which came from Simmons, who dropped from 43% to 28% in polling after McMahon threw her hat in the ring.  That doesn’t indicate that Simmons is in trouble yet, but it does show that it will be an interesting race to the nomination, especially with McMahon’s ability to self-fund.  Interestingly, the idea of Peter Schiff doesn’t make a dent in the primary fight.

How is Dodd doing so poorly in the blue, blue state of Connecticut?  He’s losing both men and women, for one thing, and even 15% of Democrats would vote for Simmons in a general election; only 68% of Democrats would commit to voting for Dodd, with the rest undecided.  The biggest problem, as it is for Democrats all over the country, is the flight of independents.  Simmons wins among independent voters by a whopping 2-1 margin, 57%-29%.

It looks as though Connecticut will cleanse the Senate of at least one Friend of Angelo.

Update: In thinking about this a little more, I have to wonder whether Dodd will stay in the race.  Maybe the Democrats might want to find another candidate — perhaps another run by Ned Lamont, who can self-finance a campaign, while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland … which he bought with the help of Angelo Mozilo, of course.


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Praise God.

D2Boston on November 12, 2009 at 10:57 AM

A.B.D.

ruh roh!

—-
me likey

cmsinaz on November 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Great news for this most despicably corrupt influence peddling Senator in Congress.

elduende on November 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Just keep the McMahon family out of this race. The negative campaign ads would be way too easy.

Although I would shell out big bucks for a pay-per-view event with Vince McMahon screaming to Chris Dodd, “You’re FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRED!!!”

Doughboy on November 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Throw the Bums out, investigate, then jail em!

dhunter on November 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Explains why Dodd-biatch is about unload a 1300 page deathblow bill on to the banking industry. He knows he’s toast and its his last, desperate conquest.

Punditpawn on November 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Please conneticut send this corrupt criminal into obscurity.

daesleeper on November 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Bye!

javamartini on November 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

He can go back to Ireland and be the Quiet Man.

Mr. Joe on November 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

There will be low turnout for Democrats. People will think they will have dirty hands if they pull the vote for the dirty ones.

seven on November 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM

There will be low turnout for Democrats. People will think they will have dirty hands if they pull the vote for the dirty ones.

seven on November 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Plus they won’t have ACORN to do the dirty work for them this time.

Doughboy on November 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Dem Senators are terrified of polls like this, and last week’s elections.

Unlike House Dems, they will not take a header “for the team” and risk their oh-so-prestigious careers. And Dingy Harry ain’t got the arm-twisting skills of San Fran Nan.

Getting Obamacare through the Senate will be like taking on Everest in a blizzard. I think a couple more will soon jump off the S.S. Titanic Healthcare.

Bat Chain Puller on November 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM

From your keyboards to Heaven’s ears!

My husband (a CT native) absolutely detests Chris Dodd. I can sense his parents (who still live in that hellhole) do, too.

The parents of a close friend of my husband’s are highly influential figures in the CT Dem party. And even their son wants the Dems out of power. He said to us “the world is going to Hell in a handbasket.” I can sense he’s beginning to realize that his parents’ buddies are ruining everything for the rest of us.

Again, from their mouths and keyboards to Heavens’ ears.

newton on November 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The GOP needs North East moderates like Simmons, who lost his House seat because of support for Bush’s Iraq management. Giving Dodd the boot will benefit the country and bring the GOP closer to a senate majority.

dedalus on November 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Dodd trails GOP challenger by 11

Time for a “shout out” to accorn.

Johan Klaus on November 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I don’t know but I’m thinking we may have to thank Obama for becoming president some day.

Look at what he’s doing to the Democrat party and all the dinosaurs who thought they would be forever untouchable.

2010 will be a political blood bath.

Yeh, I may have to give him a shout out.

fogw on November 12, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Dodd won’t quit. He’s got an ego the size of the Hindenburg.

OhioCoastie on November 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland … which he bought with the help of Angelo Mozilo, of course.

He won’t retire to Ireland. Imagine the cushy lobbyist job he can land with his contacts. Plus, there is his pension. All is well in the Dodd household.

a capella on November 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Independents may be less susceptible to the voter-intimidation part of the democratic election playbook. That, together with a united opposition after primaries, could be enough to get rid of some of the worst incumbents. They are showing their true colors now that they feel they have absolute power, and Americans are ready to get rid of them.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

CT/Dodd
CA/Boxer
PA/Specter
NY/Gillibrand
Nevada/Reid
Deleware/Open
Arkansas/Lincoln
Illinois/Burris
Colorado/Bennett
North Dakota (Dorgan)

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

It would please me to see a Senator who truly believes his seat is his birthright have to vacate it. Yes, it would be better for the electorate to kick him to the curb, but I will accept him choosing not to run with almost as much pleasure.

myrenovations on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

He’ll take as many of us down with him as he can now that he’s on the death spiral to oblivion. Watch him vote yea on every Dem bill from now until election day.

wordsmithy2009 on November 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

soon jump off the S.S. Titanic Healthcare

S.S. “Titani-care”……….maybe?

JoeinTX on November 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

In thinking about this a little more, I have to wonder whether Dodd will stay in the race. Maybe the Democrats might want to find another candidate — perhaps another run by Ned Lamont, who can self-finance a campaign, while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland … which he bought with the help of Angelo Mozilo, of course.

When pigs fly possibly. Dodd will never willingly step down from running on the Dem ticket. There will have to be some tremendous pressure or goodies to make him do that. Ned Lamont was never really a threat, after all he only got 16% of the Dems to vote for him in the closed primary here in CT. Almost half of the residents here are registered as independents and we can’t vote in primaries.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Dodd trails GOP challenger by 11
Time for a “shout out” to accorn.

Johan Klaus on November 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

ACORN keeps 11% in trunks strategically placed for emergencies.

thomasaur on November 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

subhan allah

blatantblue on November 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Kennedy dead. Dodd gone.

The waitress sandwich, no more.

TXUS on November 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Dodd trails GOP challenger by 11
Time for a “shout out” to accorn.

Johan Klaus on November 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

ACORN keeps 11% in trunks strategically placed for just such situations.

thomasaur on November 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

About 3 or so months ago Fox did a story on Dodd talking about how much money he had raised in Connecticut. If I remember correctly, he at the time, had only raised somewhere around $2,500 compared to outside the state donations which were quite high. Somewhere around hundreds of thousands of dollars. It would be very interesting to find out just WHO outside of Connecticut were tossing the lettuce to Dodd.

Citizens of each state need to start looking very closely and just WHO is influencing the elections in their states. Groups from Soros, to Hamas, CAIR, La Raza, and of course ACORN definitely contributed to President Chutes&Ladders campaign, and therefore it would not be a big shocker to find out some of these very same organizations are heavily influencing state elections. We know Soros has funded many a Secretary of State and Attorney General elections in order to squash voter fraud issues. I give you Ohio as an example.

When challenging Democrats in these state elections, I hope Conservatives alert the public to just exactly WHERE their challenger’s monies are coming from. It could make a huge difference to voters in the 2010 election. Folks are becoming more informed and would seriously be upset to find out their votes are being canceled out by MoveOn.org money or in this case Countrywide CYA peoples.

freeus on November 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

sorry for the double post

thomasaur on November 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

When is Obama going to try nudging Dodd out of the race? Or does that only apply to unpopular Black incumbants?

MNHawk on November 12, 2009 at 11:17 AM

sorry for the double post

thomasaur on November 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

YOU ARE NOT SORRY.

blatantblue on November 12, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon gets 43 percent to Sen. Dodd’s 41 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

As a CT resident, with a chance to show Dodd the door, I can’t figure out why a wrestling executive like Linda McMahon thinks she knows anything about being a Senator.

Dodd’s corruption has given CT Republicans a golden opportunity to take this seat, and Rob Simmons is a solid challenger–former State legislator, three terms in the House of Representatives, well-known in the eastern half of the state, a strong supporter of the military (the Groton sub base is in his former House district), and he only narrowly lost (by about 100 votes) in the Democrat wave of 2006.

McMahon’s entry into the race is dividing the Republicans when they need to be united–and this poll shows that Simmons is the strongest general-election candidate, already close to the 50% threshold. She should step aside and endorse Simmons for Senate, especially now that popular Governor Jodi Rell has decided not to seek re-election, and a Republican candidate needs to be found. Although, even there, do we really want a wrestler for Governor–been there, done that in Minnesota, how did Jesse Ventura work out?

For Governor, one strong candidate would be former U.S. Attorney and assistant Attorney General Kevin O’Connor, if he could be persuaded to run…

Steve Z on November 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Interestingly, the idea of Peter Schiff doesn’t make a dent in the primary fight.

Really? Too bad, I’ve no question he would fight for liberty and small government. His concern with monetary policy is also very timely. I think most Congressmen don’t ever consider the issue.

kc8ukw on November 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Simmons is the defacto leader based on name recognition only.
All those close House races made him a household name but it also establishes him as old Washington, as much as Dodd.

McMahon’s ability to move up quickly, with one strong burst of radio ads, and cut into Simmons lead show’s that. But McMahon is a disaster. People have heard her radio ads but they haven’t completed made the connection to WWE. When they do she’ll top out and it won’t be with a plurality or majority.

Schiff is a Paulnut. He’s going nowhere.

This article doesn’t say it but in the same poll Tom Foley beats Dodd 47-40, better than Mcmahon. Even though only 9% of R’s have Foley as their pick in the primary, 36% are undecided so nobody is exactly running away with it yet.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

CT/Dodd
CA/Boxer
PA/Specter
NY/Gillibrand
Nevada/Reid
Deleware/Open
Arkansas/Lincoln
Illinois/Burris
Colorado/Bennett
North Dakota (Dorgan)

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I agree, these bluer than blue will have to be moderates which is fine. I just want Dodd to lose….I still think most moderates wouldn’t have voted for the stimulus or health care.

deidre on November 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM

All of this doesn’t factor in Rell either and I would not be surprised at all to see her run. If she does she can walk into the Senate.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

At the very least it appears that there’s two decent GOP candidates for the spot, which is alot more then we can say for the Dems here and in alot of other places where they are stuck with Albatrosses.

I’m actually still interested in McMahon and what’s her philosophy (RINO, Republican, Conservative, etc)

Defector01 on November 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Steve Z on November 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

It was less 100 votes IIRC. I voted for Rob and I would vote for him again. He was as good a rep as we are likely to get in this state, and as a Senator he would do OK. He understands the military like Joe does and would support it better than most.

I have absolutely no idea why McMahon is even running. She and her husband are loaded, maybe she is just bored? Other than running the WWF/WWE, she has no experience in anything, and I suspect her husband did most of the work with that corporation myself.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

18. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Dodd 40% 9% 73% 27% 38% 42%
Foley 47 85 12 58 50 43
SMONE ELSE(VOL) – – – 1 – 1
WLDN’T VOTE(VOL) 1 – 1 – 1 1
DK/NA 13 5 14 14 12 14

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Maybe they want to take the con out of Conn. Hope it happens before he passes his monstrosity of a take over of the financial system.

Kissmygrits on November 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

***

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Despite the Dem demonizing, the thing I don’t understand is what constitutes a moderate. If the moderate characterization applies to the classic social issues, fine. But if the characterization extends to the endless government and big spending, those have to be the litmus test. If I recall, Judd Gregg is pro-choice, but he’s an absolute fiscal hawk. I’ll take 10 Judd Greggs over a Charlie Crist every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

To be clear, if moderate means amenability to the entitlement mentality, then conservatives (hopefully, the GOP) should move on to the next candidate.

BuckeyeSam on November 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

How is Dodd doing so poorly in the blue, blue state of Connecticut?

It’s certainly not for a lack of tons of “campaign” junk mail I get from Dodd…I live in Conn, and it’s been coming in non-stop. He knows he’s not even close to “safe”, and he’s trying hard to keep his seat.

Good riddance to him, IMHO.

JetBoy on November 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

CT/Dodd
CA/Boxer
PA/Specter
NY/Gillibrand
Nevada/Reid
Deleware/Open
Arkansas/Lincoln
Illinois/Burris
Colorado/Bennett
North Dakota (Dorgan)

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Specter losing would certainly send a message to the GOP turncoats. Boxer? Is she in trouble too? Would be nice!

JetBoy on November 12, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Oh, JetBoy, a Boxer loss? Something to dream about!!

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I hope it holds thru next fall!

JAM on November 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

It’s certainly not for a lack of tons of “campaign” junk mail I get from Dodd…I live in Conn, and it’s been coming in non-stop. He knows he’s not even close to “safe”, and he’s trying hard to keep his seat.

The funny part is that what I have seen is that the junk mail and robo-calls annoy and alientate more people than they turn your way…

LTC John on November 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Update: In thinking about this a little more, I have to wonder whether Dodd will stay in the race. Maybe the Democrats might want to find another candidate — perhaps another run by Ned Lamont, who can self-finance a campaign, while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland … which he bought with the help of Angelo Mozilo, of course.

Maybe the Irish hate these kinds of politicians too. Get him with your shelele sticks!!!

capejasmine on November 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

When challenging Democrats in these state elections, I hope Conservatives alert the public to just exactly WHERE their challenger’s monies are coming from. It could make a huge difference to voters in the 2010 election. Folks are becoming more informed and would seriously be upset to find out their votes are being canceled out by MoveOn.org money or in this case Countrywide CYA peoples.

freeus on November 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Donations by geography

batterup on November 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

It’s too bad that Peter Schiff isn’t doing as well, but at least Rand Paul is way ahead of basically liberal Democrats in the GOP primary race.

The Dean on November 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland …

That’ll never happen. Not while Dodd knows he can trade on his corruption and make millions (more) as a lobbyist.

AZCoyote on November 12, 2009 at 11:38 AM

A lot of things can happen in a year…maybe Dodd will be in jail by then.

d1carter on November 12, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Hey Dodd, glad to see you’ll be joining the 10.2% soon. Could not happen to a better criminal-you’re disgusting.

rjoco1 on November 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM

The funny part is that what I have seen is that the junk mail and robo-calls annoy and alientate more people than they turn your way…

LTC John on November 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Haven’t gotten Dodd robo-calls…well, maybe a couple left on my machine. Chris Shays used to leave a bunch of those a while back during his campaign tho.

And you’re right…nothing I’ve gotten from Dodd seems more than a desperate plea for re-election, rather than him standing on his merits.

JetBoy on November 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

In thinking about this a little more, I have to wonder whether Dodd will stay in the race. Maybe the Democrats might want to find another candidate — perhaps another run by Ned Lamont, who can self-finance a campaign, while Dodd retires to his mansion in Ireland … which he bought with the help of Angelo Mozilo, of course.

Is it physically possible for a power-hungry member of the political class to give the “spend more time with my family” speech? Usually it takes some real scandal for them to decide to step aside and, thanks to the unethical Democrats in the Senate, Dodd has gotten away with his corruption. I just don’t see the rat bastard traitor going quietly or of his own accord.

highhopes on November 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

CT/Dodd
CA/Boxer
CA/PELOSI (added to the list by Rovin)
PA/Specter
NY/Gillibrand
Nevada/Reid
Deleware/Open
Arkansas/Lincoln
Illinois/Burris
Colorado/Bennett
North Dakota (Dorgan)

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Call me an agressive optimist.

Rovin on November 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM

He knows he’s not even close to “safe”, and he’s trying hard to keep his seat.

JetBoy on November 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

That’s the fun part of this. Dodd’s re-election should be nothing more than a formality but the reality is that he’s losing. A lot can happen in the next year but the fact of the matter that an incumbent of Dodd’s standing with his party in control of Congress shouldn’t be 11 points down a year before the election.

highhopes on November 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Is it physically possible for a power-hungry member of the political class to give the “spend more time with my family” speech? Usually it takes some real scandal for them to decide to step aside and, thanks to the unethical Democrats in the Senate, Dodd has gotten away with his corruption. I just don’t see the rat bastard traitor going quietly or of his own accord.

highhopes on November 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Dodd is pretty much done here in CT, he just won’t admit it to anyone. After his song and dance with not releasing his countrywide documents, most voters here in CT are fed up with him and will vote for almost anyone. But, he still has a large following, large enough that if someone with big bucks or big name recognition jumps in as an independent, he could very well squeak out a win.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

I would really like to see this old fart take a hike.

joedoe on November 12, 2009 at 11:48 AM

That’s the fun part of this. Dodd’s re-election should be nothing more than a formality but the reality is that he’s losing. A lot can happen in the next year but the fact of the matter that an incumbent of Dodd’s standing with his party in control of Congress shouldn’t be 11 points down a year before the election.

highhopes on November 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Exactly. Especially since Conn. is solid blue, and likes it’s long-time incumbents historically. Luckily, I live in the one county that’s majority Republican…

JetBoy on November 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Now for a criminal indictment, that would be a cherry on top!

grapeknutz on November 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Why isn’t Peter Schiff getting any more traction, or attention, in this race? Seems he should be able to capitalize on the economic mess we’re in.

RayinVA on November 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I saw Simmons on Hannity a few months ago. He’s a pathetic RINO milksop. Don’t get your hopes up, folks. As corrupt and unpopular as Dodd is CT is still a heavily blue state filled with zombies who would pull the Democratic lever for Satan himself. Plus ACORN and the rest will be on the scene to help out their boy. I think Dodd wins re-election barring another scandal that hits right before election time.

Percy_Peabody on November 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Ohhhh…please stay in! Please, please stay in the race!!!

The sweetness of him losing fair and square would be something I’d savor for a long, long time. Rivaled only by ousting Frank, Reid and Pelosi.

Diane on November 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM

But, he still has a large following, large enough that if someone with big bucks or big name recognition jumps in as an independent, he could very well squeak out a win.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

That kills me. Anyone that would continue to follow Dodd, or anyone else that is so corrupt, and without ethics, either shouldn’t vote, or shouldn’t b!tch when the corruption reaches the light of day.

Elections do have consequences, and as voters, we are responsible as well. Vote smart….not with your heart!

capejasmine on November 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Chris Dodd….Corupt dealings with Countrywide. Needs to go. We The People will impose our term limits on him in 2010.

BigMike252 on November 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM

If the mortgage industry never blew up he would still have a very safe Senate seat…

Theworldisnotenough on November 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Simmons is a pathetic RINO and if the GOP supports him over a small government, fiscal conservative republican they will get what they deserve when push comes to shove on votes in the Senate.

Schiff’s numbers aren’t great in this poll, but he is picking up some steam and shows he could beat Dodd, if given the chance. It is the year of anyone but Dodd. True conservatives shouldn’t settle for someone like Simmons.

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I saw Simmons on Hannity a few months ago. He’s a pathetic RINO milksop. Don’t get your hopes up, folks. As corrupt and unpopular as Dodd is CT is still a heavily blue state filled with zombies who would pull the Democratic lever for Satan himself. Plus ACORN and the rest will be on the scene to help out their boy. I think Dodd wins re-election barring another scandal that hits right before election time.

Percy_Peabody on November 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Peter Schiff is also running…

Theworldisnotenough on November 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

We could help Peter Schiff by sending his campaign some money.

Theworldisnotenough on November 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Why isn’t Peter Schiff getting any more traction, or attention, in this race? Seems he should be able to capitalize on the economic mess we’re in.

RayinVA on November 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Because he’s a Ron Paulnut. He’s going nowhere.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

CT/Dodd
CA/Boxer
PA/Specter
NY/Gillibrand
Nevada/Reid
Deleware/Open
Arkansas/Lincoln
Illinois/Burris
Colorado/Bennett
North Dakota (Dorgan)
All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL), but if it puts Pete Sessions and Jim DeMint as committee chairs…so be it!SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Actually, Biden would then cast deciding vote and the Dems would still be the committee chairs.

thuja on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Karma’s a b!tch.

Corky on November 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Anyone know where the republicans stand on the issues? I know Connecticut is a deep blue state, but if we have a chance for someone who will probably be a one term-er it would be worth it (especially for the long term that the senate has).

clement on November 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Deleware/Open

All of these are winnable…and I agree with Ace…some of the winners will have to be moderates (DE, CT, IL)

SouthernGent on November 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Actually, Biden would then cast deciding vote and the Dems would still be the committee chairs.

thuja on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Forget about Delaware…. That one is going to Beau Biden (son of Joe).

Remember, when Biden got picked to be VP, they out a “placeholder” in his senate seat (Kaufman, someone no one her eever heard of). Son of Joe is waiting in the wings ready to run for that senate seat. And he will win.

People here love Biden, and they’ll vote for anyone with that last name regardless of record or qualifications.

UltimateBob on November 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Because he’s a Ron Paulnut. He’s going nowhere.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

So everyone who agrees with some of RP’s platform on economics and Fed Reserve accountability and transparency is ipso facto a Paulnut? By the same logic, Michele Bachmann is now a Paulnut too.

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Kennedy dead. Dodd gone.

The waitress sandwich, no more.

TXUS on November 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

You know Kennedy being gone could really change the electorate. Kennedy loyalty is a huge part of being a Democrat. They kept it up even when Ted took such a sharp turn to the left. Jack wouldn’t recognized the 2009 party as the same as his at all.

Can you imagine anyone from 1950s politics supporting communists in the Whitehouse? If the Democratic party hadn’t evolved with Ted’s help today’s party wouldn’t either.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Because he’s a Ron Paulnut. He’s going nowhere.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Nice. Care to elaborate? I believe Schiff leans Libertarian, as Ron Paul does, which is a good thing. Maybe something would actually change in congress if there were more like him. Any chance he doesn’t carry any of Ron Paul’s other baggage? I know it’s so much easier to call someone a name, via guilt by association.

RayinVA on November 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Go away and enjoy your ill-gotten gains, you swine.

PaddyJ on November 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

GOODBYE!!! Don’t let the door hit you in the arse. Have a grand time in your Irish cottage . Please forget to write.

flyoverboy on November 12, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Jack wouldn’t recognized the 2009 party as the same as his at all.

JFK couldn’t get elected as a Republican in today’s political climate.

thomasaur on November 12, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Ohhhh…please stay in! Please, please stay in the race!!!

The sweetness of him losing fair and square would be something I’d savor for a long, long time. Rivaled only by ousting Frank, Reid and Pelosi.

Diane on November 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM

I don’t care for revenge so much as if he drops out people have and excuse to vote Dem without voting for him.

As to the RINO thing. I’m sick of it. Baby steps people! All the RINOs that are in there right now are voting lock-step with Conservatives. If they vote well I don’t care about personal opinions.

Cao excepting, of course. This man must be deluded somehow.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 12:16 PM

People here love Biden, and they’ll vote for anyone with that last name regardless of record or qualifications.

UltimateBob on November 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Since Biden became VP haven’t they noticed that the man is an idiot? I know nothing about Biden’s son. I hope he didn’t get his dad’s genes for intelligence.

thuja on November 12, 2009 at 12:16 PM

O Doddy Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer’s gone and all the roses falling;
It’s you, it’s you must go and my smile is wide.

But not come back when summer’s in the meadow,
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow.
Yes, I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow;
Oh Doddy Boy, oh Doddy Boy, I despise you so!

But when ye go, and all the Dems are crying,
Your career is dead, as dead as it should be.
I will come and find the place where you are lying,
And kick your corpse and say an Ave there for me.

And I you hear, as I dance above thee;
And oh you grave will colder and wetter be,
For your passing will show that God does love me;
And I shall sleep in peace because you nolonger be!

Mr. Joe on November 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I wish Ted Kennedy was alive so he could get beat next year too.

Elizabetty on November 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Schiff was economic adviser for Ron Paul campaign. They go way back. This isn’t just a matter of someone saying Ron Paul has some interesting ideas. Schiff has some great ideas too.
But the association will doom him in the Media. Worse than McMahon’s association with WWE.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Rand Paul will not win.

http://tookookyforkentucky.com

Peter Schiff is a moron as well, neither are defenders of Liberty in the real world.

jp on November 12, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I know it’s so much easier to call someone a name, via guilt by association.

RayinVA on November 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

It really doesn’t matter as the MSM will do it regardless.
He’ll never draw the big money.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I just have to say this is one of my favorite headlines today. I just sigh with happiness when I read it! Thank you, Ed.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 12:24 PM

The lies and deceptions of the dimocrats have become so obvious that the lemmings with single digit IQs are even embarrassed. Crooks like Dodd and Barney Frank must be flushed from political life if any credibility at all can be attained. This administration is so corrupt that 2010 cannot get here quick enough. FLUSH THE 220 IN 2010.

volsense on November 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Man, I can’t wait to have the popcorn buttered and the Tivo going so I can replay Nov,s elections over and over to see the looks on these POS democrats get the news of eviction from the American people.:)

royzer on November 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM

He’ll never draw the big money.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Therein lies the problem. No one true conservatives or libertarians support will ever draw the “big money.” Big corporations, special interests, unions, and other groups giving the big money know the halls of power provide the payback. They have aligned with the STATE against the middle class. Unless WE THE PEOPLE start funding those that will actually defend our interests, we’re doomed.

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM

This is good news. Dodd just has too long of a corruption trail at this point. It’s time for a fresh face.

AnninCA on November 12, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Dodd will have a career as a Lobbyiest after next year.

jp on November 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Defeating this steaming pile is option number 2. Option number 1 is frog-marching this criminal out of the Senate chamber and into a waiting federal transfer van with all major networks watching.

SKYFOX on November 12, 2009 at 12:39 PM

38% of people think corruption is okay. That’s the real take away, isn’t it?

lorien1973 on November 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Why isn’t Peter Schiff getting any more traction, or attention, in this race? Seems he should be able to capitalize on the economic mess we’re in.

RayinVA on November 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Because he’s a Ron Paulnut. He’s going nowhere.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Maybe it what we need! less government!!

grapeknutz on November 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM

By Big money I just meant a lot of money in general. He won’t draw from the big guy or the little guy. A Wall Street player raised in Manhattan and Miami isn’t going to get Joe Six packs cash, even if he agrees with him. Throw in Ron Paul and you lose the big guns. Schiff is toast.

Rocks on November 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

The only thing that could make me happier than seeing Dodd lose would be seeing Ms Boxer shown the door.

FireBlogger on November 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

So what’s the consensus on McMahon being in the race? Pseudo-celebrity wasting money, or does she have a shot to take the primary?

Paradol Ex on November 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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