Monday, August 28, 2006

Dodd to Visit Iowa, New Hampshire

Sen. Chris Dodd will be heading out to Iowa and New Hampshire next month to test the presidential waters, according to the Courant. His biggest problems right now are his late start, and low name recognition:
Earlier this month, at least six candidates visited the Iowa State Fair, a favorite and well-publicized stop for political hopefuls. A local television station poll at the fair found former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, the party's 2004 vice presidential nominee, and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tied among Democrats with 33 percent each.

Dodd was not among the 10 candidates mentioned in the survey.

However, as the article mentions, Dodd is well-known among some of the party faithful because of his brief stint as the head of the DNC during the mid-1990s (a glorious time for Democrats), and he has already raised about $2 million. He also has good connections in New Hampshire and has the added benefit of being a northeasterner, although that didn't help Joe Lieberman.

I suspect that it won't help Dodd, either. The only northeastern senator with a shot this time around is Hillary Clinton, and Dodd is not a convincing alternative to her.

We'll keep an eye on the Dodd campaign as it develops, although a lukewarm reception next month could spell its end.

Source
Lightman, David. "Dodd To Test Waters." Hartford Courant 28 August, 2006.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Judging by the heated rhetoric and the overwhelming amount of posts to this article, Dodd has a heluva shot!!!!

Anonymous said...

Aufrey Blondin has a better shot than Chris Dodd.

Anonymous said...

Dodd has no shot...he voted for the war..and still thinks its right...and the Patriot Act as well...he is Hillery Clinton in a suit

Bobby McGee said...

Dodd is so unelectable. Why's he doing this?

O, yeah he's a politician.

Anonymous said...

Dodd shouldnt run for President He should stay in the Senate.

GMR said...

Schlesinger is running at about 3% in the current polls for the Senate race.

I think Schlesinger has a better chance of becoming Senator if Dodd gets elected President and Rell chooses Schlesinger to take his place. Maybe a 4% chance.

middlesexist said...

Dodd would make a great President. Unfortunately, the only way he wins the Democratic nomination is if Hillary Clinton's jet crashes into a bus carrying Mark Warner, Al Gore, John Edwards, Tom Vilsack, Evan Bayh, Russ Feingold, Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Wes Clark, Joe Biden and John Kerry and Obama's wife doesn't let him run.

On a lighter not, Dodd's appearing at the 2006 Democratic summer picnic, at the Sunrise Hotel and Resort in Moodus, this Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Dodd would make a great President. Unfortunately, the only way he wins the Democratic nomination is if Hillary Clinton's jet crashes into a bus carrying Mark Warner, Al Gore, John Edwards, Tom Vilsack, Evan Bayh, Russ Feingold, Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Wes Clark, Joe Biden and John Kerry and Obama's wife doesn't let him run.

On a lighter not, Dodd's appearing at the 2006 Democratic summer picnic, at the Sunrise Hotel and Resort in Moodus, this Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Guess Chris is tired of being Mr. Mom in East Haddam

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

middlesexist said...
..Dodd's appearing at the 2006 Democratic summer picnic, at the Sunrise Hotel and Resort in Moodus, this Sunday.



Holy smokes!

Isn't that place a nudist camp ???

Rosa Delauro in her birthday suit?
Have you no mercy?
Oh the humanity!


The whole thing boggles the mind.

Film at 11

Dodd Supporter said...

Putting aside everything else for a moment, Dodd is likeable. When is the last time the Democrats selected a candidate for President who is likeable? Kerry, Gore, Dukakis - were not likeable in the eyes of the electorate. Kerry typified the elitist, arrogant Democrat; Gore was uptight and condescending; Dukakis was self-righteous and condescending. So history suggests the Democrats will pick Hillary who is the complete package when it comes to all these qualities. Meanwhile, the Republicans, following history, will pick someone who is likeable. And the Republicans will win again despite Iraq, energy, economic problems for all but the upper class, the failure to confront and find Bin Laden, etc. For Democrats, winning isn't the only thing, it's just something that seldom happens.