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January 08, 2010


As Brendan correctly points out, Dodd's retirement is a mitzvah for Democrats (and was apparently pushed by the White House), since it almost certainly keeps the Senate seat Democratic whereas Dodd was probably headed for defeat. An interesting historical footnote for those of you who were not sentient in the late sixties is that Dodd's father, Thomas Dodd, was censured by the Senate for converting campaign funds to his personal use. Christopher Dodd merely benefitted from a sweetheart mortgage, a less egregious offense, though one can't help thinking that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Here is some media coverage that highlights your analysis: http://www.newsy.com/videos/key_democrats_ditch_mid_terms_trouble_ahead

You're right if you're looking at the trees, but there's a forest here, as you kind of allude to in your last paragraph. Democrats are relieved that they don't have to worry about losing a seat in Conn-freakin-etticut. Democrats worse than Dodd in similar states won handily in 2006 (think Blagojevich), and a Senator who was leading Hoeven by twenty points in February is now seeking retirement rather than face him. Bill Ritter won by fifteen points four years ago, and it now unelectable.

One step forward, after twenty steps back.

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