Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Chris Dodd

The Courant suggests that Chris Dodd may be a long shot candidate.

The Connecticut senator will need all of that effortless charm, that eagerness to engage people and that passion for Democratic causes as he launches his campaign for the nation's highest office.

Conventional wisdom says the 62-year-old senator is a second-tier candidate for the presidency. He barely registers 1 percent in most polls, when he registers at all.

Many political observers have deep doubts about Dodd's candidacy. They say he may not be able to raise the enormous amount of money he'll need. They say that he's a New England liberal and that he can't distinguish himself and his views from better-known candidates. But others warn he should not be counted out.

"This race is pretty wide open," said Joseph F. Keefe, a former New Hampshire Democratic chairman. Keefe supports Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry, but his sister, Maura, is a key Dodd strategist.

Dodd could have traction, Joe Keefe said, because "there are concerns about each of the major candidates." Is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton electable? Is Illinois Sen. Barack Obama ready for prime time? Can people see John Edwards as a wartime president?

Chris Dodd, the former general chairman of the National Democratic Party and a 32-year congressional veteran, is bilingual and has international experience. In short, he has a golden resume. It's "a big positive," Keefe said.

Dodd knows where he stands and is happy to roar about it. "One succeeds when one learns to be oneself in politics," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running Dodd's Connecticut campaign. "That's what Chris Dodd is able to do."


Before Dodd's announcement last week I took some time to research his positions and voting record. Democrats could do a lot worse. But he's also got to show us something. Announcing on Imus didn't help, nor did his appearance on Meet the Press this weekend.

Is anyone here excited about Dodd yet? What would he have to do/say to catch your interest?

Source
Lightman, David. "Dodd's Quest: A Long Haul". Hartford Courant. 1/17/07

13 comments:

TrueBlueCT said...

Dodd would have to do something consumer-friendly in his role as Chair of the Senate Banking Committee. Like overturn the Bankruptcy Bill, and/or take on the Credit Card compaines and their usurious lending practices.

Anonymous said...

Nope. No one excited here.

Anonymous said...

Dodd hasn't done anything worthwhile in the Senate, so why should anyone expect him to do anything as President? Given the huge amount of credit card debt now carried by Americans (all on his watch), I am fearful his reckless financial oversight will trigger a recession or perhaps even worse, a financial debacle.

Anonymous said...

Congressman Chris Murphy has endorsed Dodd, this should help in Connecticut.

cgg said...

Murphy has expressed his support. I wouldn't call that an endorsement yet. I was on the conference call, and he did speak with enthusiasm about Dodd.

Anonymous said...

"Is anyone here excited about Dodd yet?"

There are at least a handful of people excited about Dodd. Most of them either want to run for U.S. Senate themselves in the near future, or dream of one day being able to say "I work for the Vice President."

"Dodd for President" only risks provoking uncontrollable giggles in the listener. "Dodd for Vice President" is almost plausible, even if it also causes uncontrollable giggling.

I really do like Chris Dodd. He's mostly been a good senator and he does have a lot of charisma as a candidate. But I just can't see Dodd for President catching fire in the current field. The other day I heard someone trying to make a comparison between Dodd's status as a candidate now and where Clinton was at this stage in the '92 campaign. The argument was that if Clinton could come from nowhere despite the baggage he carried, Dodd must have a strong shot. I just don't buy the argument for the simple fact that Clinton did not face the caliber of competition for the nomination that Dodd faces. (Quick, without using google, name 3 other candidates for the 1992 Democratic nomination.... see what I mean?)

Anonymous said...

Dodd does not need Murphy's endorsement for any help in CT. Dodd will do well here without anyone's endorsement.

Dodd would need help outside of CT. and there Murphy's endorsement would mean nothing.

Anonymous said...

If the name is "Chris Murphy, the guy who beat Nancy Johnson" then I think Chris will help across the country.

The Cook report called Murphy the canary in the coalmine, and that's something that will resonate with political junkies, aka caucus-goers.

Anonymous said...

"The Cook report called Murphy the canary in the coalmine, and that's something that will resonate with political junkies, aka caucus-goers".

Canaries were used in coal mines years ago to warn the miners that their safety was in jeopardy from otherwise undetected dangerous levels of gas present in the mine. The canaries did that by sacrificing themselves, and dying, thus warning the miners of this danger.....

Somehow I can't see Murphy sacrificing himself in any way, for any reason, for anyone including Chris Dodd. So exactly what the "canary in the coal mine" comment mentioned in this Cook report could possibly mean certainly escapes me, and probably more than just a few caucus- goers as well.

Anonymous said...

Oh lord, it's a loose metaphor, ferchrissakes. His race was a bellwhether, a indciator of the national mood, not literally someone scarificing themselves to warn miners of noxious mines.

Anonymous said...

Yes of course a loose metaphor.... How could I have missed that??? I guess the fact that the 5th district race in Connecticut was in fact a bellwhether indicator of the national mood escaped me as well.
I guess I was giving Chris Murphy too much credit for running a good race and Nancy Johnson too much credit for running the worse race I ever saw. I'm clear on all this now..... Murphy won because of the national mood.... Got it!!

Anonymous said...

Yes of course a loose metaphor.... How could I have missed that??? I guess the fact that the 5th district race in Connecticut was in fact a bellwhether indicator of the national mood escaped me as well.
I guess I was giving Chris Murphy too much credit for running a good race and Nancy Johnson too much credit for running the worse race I ever saw. I'm clear on all this now..... Murphy won because of the national mood.... Got it!!

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