Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans.
Dodd’s retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek re-election.
the chap with the “cottage” in Ireland, the sweetheart deals with various mortgage companies that you and I, with no patronage to dispense, could never wrangle, and a reputation for honesty that rivals that of Barney Frank
and has spent
30 years with his lips sewn to the public teat
While Dodd’s resignation points to the grim outlook for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, Another Black Conservative correctly reminds us of the short-term effect:
What is being overlooked is that these Democrat House Reps and Senators are free to vote for whatever crappy legislation they please without a worry about answering to their constituents. In essence they are like Dead Men Walking. They have nothing to lose by going against the will of the people for the next eleven months.
So as we all cheer about another Dem biting the dust before 2010, let us take time to realize the threat these retiring Dems pose.
They’re not out – legistatively speaking – until they have actually left.
More on Dodd at Power Line.