Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), a 30-year incumbent facing dismal reelection prospects and a 40 percent job approval rating, will not
term. His retirement comes as two other prominent Democrats, Sen. Bryon
Dorgan (D-ND) and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritters, are also stepping down.
While many say Dodd's surprise retirement indicates how vulnerable
Democrats are nationwide, others say the senator's problems were
- This Was Unexpected, writes Andrew Malcom
at the Los Angeles Times: Dodd's departure, like Dorgan's, is something
of a surprise... Dodd had given every indication that he'd stay on the
bridge and seek a sixth term...Dodd even had the
newly-turned-67-year-old Joe Biden up to Connecticut to help raise
money for the now-about-to-be-defunct campaign."
- A Horrible Outlook for Dems Now, write Manu Raju and Josh Kraushaar at Politico: "Democrats are now facing their bleakest election outlook in years—and
the very real possibility the party will lose its 60-40 Senate
supermajority after the November elections. On the House side, the
prospect of heavy 20-30 seat losses is already looking increasingly
- A Better Outlook for Dems Now, counters conservative Mary Katharine Ham at The Weekly Standard: "[This Makes] Connecticut's seat a somewhat harder pick-up for Republicans as
Democrats will find a candidate who's less scandal-ridden. Too bad."
- It's Not About Dems, It's About Dodd, insists David Chalian at ABC News: "After moving his family to Iowa during his ill-fated presidential run
and becoming embroiled in the 'Friends of Angelo' Countrywide home
mortgage controversy, Chris Dodd's political problems seem to be
specific to Chris Dodd and less about the overall tough environment
Democrats are facing this year."
- Dodd Probably Cut a Deal with the White House, writes Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic: "Privately, senior White House
officials have communicated to Dodd their belief that his position was
untenable. A sinecure or administration position is likely."
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