Dodd retiring

posted at 8:48 am on January 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The new year usually means a fresh start, but 2010 so far has meant a slew of Democratic finishes.  First Byron Dorgan announced a surprise retirement from the Senate, and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter decided not to run for re-election.  Today, Chris Dodd will announce that he will also retire from the Senate, which Connecticut voters would have ensured anyway:

Embattled Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek reelection, sources familiar with his plans said Tuesday night.

Word of Dodd’s retirement plans comes after months of speculation about his political future, his faltering poll numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term in the Senate. The news also came on the same day Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek reelection.

Once among the safest of incumbents, Dodd’s political star fell over a two-year period, during which he moved his family to Iowa to pursue the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and was linked to a VIP mortgage loan program overseen by a controversial Wall Street financier. He also drew harsh questions about his oversight of Wall Street, as chair of the Senate Banking Committee, in the years when the nation’s financial system was heading toward near collapse.

Dodd’s poll numbers plummeted last spring before rebounding somewhat over the summer. But another dive in the polls late last year led to widespread concern that Dodd needed to vacate the seat for Democrats to have a chance at retaining it in the 2010 elections.

Before anyone starts cheering this on the Right, keep in mind that Dodd would not have likely lost a primary challenge, but almost certainly would have lost the general election.  Whispers have come out of Washington for months that national Democrats have been quietly pressuring Dodd to retire in order to clear the field for a better candidate.  With Dodd on the ballot, Republicans have a winning argument in the election based on Dodd’s corruption and incompetence; without him, the GOP may be punching at air just a little bit.

That still doesn’t make this bad news.  Dodd’s corruption and incompetence will not be missed in the Senate regardless of how he chooses to exit.  If this is a less ignominious end than losing an election in a state that regularly elects Democrats and liberals, it doesn’t miss by much.

Besides, it doesn’t have to mean a lost opportunity for the GOP.  They have a couple of well-funded candidates vying for the nomination in Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon, while the Democrats will get a late start on the cycle, thanks to Dodd dragging this out as long as possible.  Even if Dodd’s not on the ticket, Republicans will most certainly make Dodd and his Friends of Angelo graft Exhibit A in the general election, and Harry Reid and the radical Democratic agenda Exhibits B-Z.  It will make for a tougher campaign, but not necessarily a futile one, even in Connecticut.

But how’s this for irony: who would have guessed three years ago that Joe Lieberman would have outlasted Chris Dodd?


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diogenes on January 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Wow, Beck tears Blumenthal a new one while Blumenthal comes through as just one more liberal sleeze bag.

docdave on January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Something about rats and sinking ships…

Wyznowski on January 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish. He probably should go directly to jail and not pass go.

Fuquay Steve on January 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM

With friends like Angelo, who needs enemies.

Fuquay Steve on January 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Dodd’s corruption and incompetence will not be missed in the Senate regardless of how he chooses to exit.

Since this seems to be pretty much universally known – How is it he gets to retire and keep all his ill gotten gains (which includes his pension)?

Oopsdaisy on January 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

For his public service to this country Dodd deserves a lifetime retirement package which includes all meals, clothing, housing and medical-it’s called a FEDERAL PENITENTIARY.

MaiDee on January 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM

With Dodd on the ballot, Republicans have a winning argument in the election based on Dodd’s corruption and incompetence; without him, the GOP may be punching at air just a little bit.

But, the GOP can’t win in twenty ten.

davidk on January 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I hope Dodd tries to start his own business…

… and is drowned by all the red tape he has helped create over the years he has been ‘proud’ of.

Then a long prison sentence, of course.

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

diogenes on January 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Wow, Beck tears Blumenthal a new one while Blumenthal comes through as just one more liberal sleeze bag.

docdave on January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

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You nailed it! I’m glad you took the time to view the link…This is Beck at his best. Most people outside of NY-CT don’t know Blumenthal.

diogenes on January 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Good riddance to one of the architects of last year’s meltdown that virtually cost us our country, and for far too many, their lifetime savings.

Good riddance you lowlife POS, and please take your partner in crime Barney Frank with you.

Other than that, I have no strong feelings on the matter

November 2, 2010

Sweet_Thang on January 6, 2010 at 4:21 PM

If only he would take Pelosi, Reid, Schummer, Durbin, and Nelson with him. It kind of makes you wonder why so many so fast? Hmmmmm?

milwife88 on January 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Perhaps they’re seeing visions of a VERY UPSET, pitchfork-wielding electorate who want their pounds of flesh…

Sweet_Thang on January 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Like father, like son: Dodd’s father was a cheap lying crook while in the Senate, too

an Aristocracy of Corruption in Conn…..

Janos Hunyadi on January 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Like father, like son: Dodd’s father was a cheap lying crook while in the Senate, too

an Aristocracy of Corruption in Conn…..

Janos Hunyadi on January 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yes, it will be very hard to replace him, with the same caliber.

Schadenfreude on January 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM

i dont want to hear any nonesense about how this is now a “safe” democrat seat. please….why? because a democrat run ppp poll says so 11 months out? no way. that seat is still ripe for the taking and they better go after it

any lib who runs for that seat can be tied to dodd. i dont care if its connecticut – GO GET IT

i live in new jersey unfortunately, which is even bluer than conn and i just witnessed christie waxing corzine. so dont tell. me it cant be done there

in this environment, ANYWHERE IS possible

and go to scott browns website and help him win the special election later this month in massachusettes. WINNING THAT CAN STOP THE HEALTH CARE MONSTROSITY. internal polling has it a dead heat. GET IT DONE

sidewinder22 on January 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Please don’t let the door hit you in the ass

J_Crater on January 6, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Wow, Beck tears Blumenthal a new one while Blumenthal comes through as just one more liberal sleeze bag.

docdave on January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

1/6/10 Peter Schiff on Fox Business: Ending Dodd’s Legacy

“[Blumenthal] wants to go to the Senate to carry on Dodd’s legacy.”

Rae on January 6, 2010 at 4:54 PM

TOUCHY; TOUCHY:
That’s French for en garde, for my over-educated readers. Heh!

Cybergeezer on January 6, 2010 at 5:14 PM

35 years …

what a Fooking joke …

TERM LIMITS!!!!!

“I’m stepping aside after 35 yrs – you stupid Americans, you morons.”

father on January 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I hope the scumbag has a massive stroke. I’m praying for anything that would get his thieving hands out of American pockets.

marklmail on January 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Shouldn’t Dodd be on some kind of watch list?

Geochelone on January 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM

none of them, NONE OF THEM, from our traitor-in-cheif on down, should be allowed to live outide of an 8′ x 10′ for the rest of their lives. Excepting those that are executed for high treason.

tigerlily on January 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I hope Dodd tries to start his own business…

… and is drowned by all the red tape he has helped create over the years he has been ‘proud’ of.

Then a long prison sentence, of course.

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Perfect!!

buh-bye Chris. You won’t be missed -
(except by the scum who fed off of your FannFred scam)

dissent555 on January 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM

But how’s this for irony: who would have guessed three years ago that Joe Lieberman would have outlasted Chris Dodd?

Heh, Larry King has outlasted us all.

ProudPalinFan on January 6, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Give the Dims some credit. They are much better at recognizing electoral reality than some on our side. Ted Stevens was too selfish to quit and let a clean Republican take his seat. Instead he had to lose it.

Speedwagon82 on January 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I believe a number of these people and their families are being physically threatened by citizens who have had it with their impunity and they know their security cannot be maintained during an open campaign. As far as I’m concern they still are among America’s most wanted for crimes against the people! Barney Frank is another.

wepeople on January 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM

This was a victory for the Tea Party movement http://www.dumpchrisdodd.com/ This group has worked very hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdpSpdl8Xhg

Schiff is running.
http://schiffforsenate.com/

njpat on January 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM

This $#%&damn ef’n jerk probably has a Swiss bank full of cash and is beating a retreat out of town ahead of the tar and feathers, pitckforks and torches and hangmans nooses!

His corruptocrat buddies had better pay attention cause when the people realize the depth of the sellout and thievery and their bank accounts won’t buy diddly squat there’s gonna be hell to pay!

I hope this Catholic crook doesn’t spend too much time lounging around purgatory before he feels the fire!

Now that stoopid palin gal, now theres’ a quitter! sarc/

dhunter on January 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I think he’ll transition into a highly paid government job.

Irritating.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM

If there is a hell, this $$$$$$ will be in it, as will anyone who ever voted for him. He is personally complicit in the economic woes of the country. BO knows this. They are all criminals.

proconstitution on January 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Buh Bye! Now if we could just figure out how to revoke your retirement and lifetime health benefits. Sticks in my craw that we have to keep paying for this scumbag and the healthcare debacle they are trying to saddle us with!! Was that too strong? Nope!

mpmom on January 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Didn’t he want to be President just 18 months ago?

Dollayo on January 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Besides, it doesn’t have to mean a lost opportunity for the GOP. They have a couple of well-funded candidates vying for the nomination in Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon

How come they never mention that Peter Schiff is running for the seat? I was slightly disappointed when I heard Dodd was quitting. It would have been so awesome to see Schiff tear the mortgage master apart like wet toilet paper in a public debate.

NeverLiberal on January 6, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Peter Schiff is running in Conn. I believe.

Waht are his odds, honestly?

Yakko77 on January 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM

As a CT resident, this made me smile wide. However, I would have preferred our chances running against him in Nov. Blumenthal is just as much of a leftist and just as sleazy.. only less people know it and in a way, I think he is far more dangerous as I think he has more brains than Dodd. Still, today is a good day.

RobertCSampson on January 6, 2010 at 11:39 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

Go see my post on these CRIMINALS..

http://veteranoutrage.com/?p=2194

here are just a few of my comments
on this outrage.. and im being nice here..

Here is their evil plan..

First the democrats will VOTE to Destroy the US HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Second the democrats will VOTE for the Global warming scam

Third the democrats will VOTE for amnesty for 30 milion illegals

Fourth the democrats will ratify the UN small arms treaty to disarm US.

Fifth the democrats will pass hate crime laws to silence us

Sixth the democrats will silence Fox news and Talk radio

Seventh the democrats will use the IRS to find and JAIL
all who oppose their evil communist terrorist plans.

Then magically and almost like they were paid off by
obama and pelosi all of these weasels suddenly are now
Fleeing the sinking ship right before it goes under..

Like RATS Fleeing the TITANIC..
loaded with all of their ill gotten gains.

They all are suddendly annoucing retirement
forcing all of us to pay them millions for the rest
of their treasonist LIVES..

Like a bunch of thieves after a bank robbery
Piling into the getaway car
and as it begins to speed away
from the scene of the crime ..
They begin to fight over the money they stole…

These DEMOCRATS ARE ALL CRIMINALS
And so are the REPUBLICANS WHO
VOTED WITH THEM..

Its time to haul them all out
into the public square
and punsih them all..

Follow these THIEVES TO THEIR HOMES
FOLLOW Pelosi to her mansion
Arrest them ALL

THIEVES!!!!

veteranoutrage on January 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Wow, Beck tears Blumenthal a new one while Blumenthal comes through as just one more liberal sleeze bag.

docdave on January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

You think Blumenthal is a sleezebag, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

BobAnthony on January 7, 2010 at 7:17 AM

And the Democrats say

Time to replace one old, white, career politician

with another old, white, career politician.

huckleberryfriend on January 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Retiring in lieu of being fired – not being reelected in politics is the same thing.

We need to regain balance in all bodies of government.

However, to accomplish this requires that politicians with a strong sense of ethics, proper skills, and is committed to performing the peoples work not their own. The bottom line is a politician that is fiscally responsible with the public’s money, understands the limits to the authority placed in them by the Constitution and their constituents (remembering we are Represenative Republic-not a democracy).

MSGTAS on January 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Best news of the new year…so far!

jgdp on January 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

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