From this article in CBS New
January 6, 2010 10:12 AM
Chris Dodd’s Retirement: The Good and the Bad News for Democrats
By Stephanie Condo
Sen. Chris Dodd’s retirement is likely to be a blessing for Democrats in Connecticut, but could signal a rough road ahead for incumbent Democrats up for re-election this year, analysts and commentators are saying.
The five-term Democrat is expected to announce at Noon today that he will not seek re-election this year, facing poor polling numbers that began to sink two years ago amid his bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, his connections to a controversial mortgage loan program and his high profile role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Dodd’s retirement could prove to be a good thing for Democrats, as the 2010 Connecticut Senate race was shaping up to be a referendum of his record.
“Without Dodd as a foil, Republicans chances of taking over a seat in this solidly blue state are considerably diminished,” wrote Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who broke the news. “Former Rep. Rob Simmons and wealthy businesswoman Linda McMahon are battling it out for the Republican nod but either would start as an underdog in a general election matchup with [Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal.”
Sounds like a plan Democrats. Liberal vultures circle the weak and fallen, pressure them to retire so the strong can run against Republican opponents or at the very least intimidate them to the point of dropping out of the race. Take Chicago’s predicament. Democrat lifer Mayor Daley’s future is swinging over a sea of sharks. The weakest chapter in his current term includes failing to get the Olympics for Chicago, staggering murder rates, and sales tax at 10.25%. Billy Boy is not the most popular guy in the city so I not surprised with the emergence of this piece of news about Rahm Emanuel:
From this article at The Swamp
January 5, 2010 11:15 AM
by Mark Silva
Rahm Emanuel, the irrepressible White House chief of staff and former congressman from Chicago responsible for that “thumpin”’ that Republicans took in the House elections of 2006, the one who might have liked to be speaker of the House some day, could have other aspirations back home.
So says Sally Quinn, the veteran columnist of the Washington Post. Other, more knowledgeable handicappers of the Chicago political scene doubt this scenario seriously.
The Obama administration, for its part, maintains that Emanuel is “100 percent focused on the job at hand – serving President Obama as his chief of staff,” in the words of a White House aide today.
Quinn mentioned the Chicago mayoral option today, deep within a look at recent machinations within the Obama White House, where a new general counsel, Bob Bauer, has taken office, following Emanuel’s clash with the past counsel, Greg Craig, and where three uninvited guests showed up at a State Dinner.
Emanuel posed for a picture with the first of the known gate-crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi. In the aftermath of that event, Quinn writes, it will be hard to defend the continuing service of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, another Chicagoan.
“Emanuel, the most political animal in this town, also should understand that keeping Rogers on as social secretary reflects upon the president’s judgment. It’s possible that he has other considerations,” Quinn writes today. “Emanuel is said to have told people that the chief-of-staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago. And Rogers is a major social and political player in the Windy City.”
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s term is up in early 2011. Daley has not said whether he will seek re-election, our colleague Rick Pearson, the Tribune’s chief political writer, notes. Daley’s popularity has suffered with the privatization of parking meters, a tough economy and the loss of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. His wife also is in ill health. The question of seeking re-election is open to question, but he may well do so in the absence of a legitimate challenger.
Whoa! Slow down the “hope mobile”. Sure you Democrats may have a plan but you forgot something. An important ingredient. Indeed Americans are fed up with the likes of Chris Dodd and Mayor Daley. But we are also fed up with tax and spend liberals as a whole. Your plan may work. I doubt it. When I look at what the Democrats as a party have to offer voters, it is regrettably less satisfying. I was once a Democrat. At the moment and current state of the party, I am ashamed that I ever was. You are unrecognizable to me and millions of others. You would be a stronger party with more consideration of what the American people wanted. Instead you are just a shell which houses moonbats, tax raisers, crooks, and elitist pigs. Your thin effort to salvage the 2010 elections will most likely fail. Once again Democrats, it is about the people and the country not you.
Get a clue.
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