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Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Breaking News, Politics, Society | 29 comments

Senator Christopher Dodd Not Running Again


That’s two D senators down.

Not to mention Democrat Bill Ritter, Governor of Colo, said to announce tomorrow he will not be running for a second term. His limp tenure, lack of progress, lack of vitality, are the reasons, pundits say.

There are others who are ‘suddenly’ retiring, stepping down, choosing not to run again.

What’s happening? Looks like both political strategy and loyalty to party. In these cases of ‘sudden retirement’ it appears the ‘weaker plants’ are uprooted in order for the stronger plants to thrive, outrun the weeds, and become high producers.

Works in farming corn.

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  • DaMav

    Farming eh?

    The voters’ reaper is on the way
    The whirring blades, the harvest chopper
    Fear spreads that on election day
    They’ll lose the reins and come a cropper

    Or better –

    A man on horseback, drunk with gin and flip,
    Bawling out – Yoix – and cracking of his whip,

    The startish beast took fright, and flop
    The mad-brain’d rider tumbled, neck and crop!

    — Edward Nairne’s Poems from 1791

    • archangel

      man, DaMav, youre a poet, and more so, a reader of ancient poetry? awesome

      • DaMav

        Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in feeling creates love.
        — Lao Tzu

        that’s why you are a powerful archangel and I am but a grateful damav 🙂 lol

  • Sabinal

    Dodd’s has been a long time coming due to scandal. he wants to get out before he ends up in jail.
    Many Republicans on the net are with glee; they think it’s their turn to rule. But unless they have moderate ideas that can be activated quickly (like improvements to health care) and put their social conservatism on the back burner, the ball with be back in O’s court and with good reason

    • hdavehh

      Two moderate ideas that republicans have offered:

      Tort reform

      Let insurance companies compete across state lines.

      Both would create incremental yet substantial impact to health care reform. Both ideas are as moderate as can be. Both have been summarily rejected by the Democratic majority.

      Draw your own conclusions. Healthcare reform has been hijacked by the far left and then they made partners of big insurance in the most heinous way.

      • Typical that these discredited ideas would be your shining examples.Tort reform has been implemented in 4 states. In EVERY case, malpractice insurance rates went UP, not down. Verdict? Fail. This is such a popular GOP chestnut, but it is ludicrous on its face. Malpractice is 0.5% of health care cost. Even if half those cases were fraudulent (they’re not), it would save less than a quarter percent. Why “less than?” Because a big part of that cost is malpractice INSURANCE, not the cost of settlements. If reducing settlements doesn’t reduce insurance cost (it doesn’t), there’s very little savings achieved. What would be achieved? The reason the GOP wants it, is because it reduces risk for their patrons in the medical and insurance industry. No more worries about fraudulent research, knowingly perpetrating risks on the public, negligence or incompetence by physicians or hospitals. The cost is capped, but not the profit from such dishonesty, incompetence or fraud.As for “competition across state lines” what a joke. All of the big insurers already practice in all 50 states. You think Anthem of CA will compete effectively with Anthem of NJ? HA !So that’s what you’ve got? Two loser ideas to show how wise your party is? Sad.

        • million

          That’s an inaccurate description of interstate competition. Anthem’s plans differ due to state mandates.

          The reason a Kentucky plan written for an individual from New Jersey would save the New Jerseyan money is that New Jersey is highly regulated, with costly mandated benefits and guaranteed access to insurance.

          Affordability improves when consumers have more options, i.e. they can escape states where each policy is loaded with mandates. If consumers do not want expensive ‘Cadillac’ health plans, then they purchase a plan from insurers in a state that forces insurers to provide more benefits.

          • Oh, I see, so you’re arguing for a federal takeover of health care? Overrule state regulations so insurance companies can follow the most lax regulations in the country? What happened to state’s rights?

          • ProfElwood

            What happened to state’s rights?

            The original intent of the commerce clause was to force states to keep their borders open, in response to the problems states caused under the Articles of Confederation. It’s not a conflict with states rights under the constitution at all, despite the number of people that try to frame it that way.

            I personally think that both parties are trying to dance around the problems caused by McCarran-Ferguson, without actually repealing it.

      • Sabinal

        but how does that affect people with pre-existing conditions? A liability is a liability, regardless of business

        • casualobserver

          I’m glad you think you’ve won something on pre-existing conditions with Obamacare. Howard Dean put his finger on it, but the Obamacans ignored him.

          Yes, you will not be “turned down” for a pre-existing condition, you will be simply surcharged for indicative health factors. Figure 50% more at the same attained age. I’ve already been buying that exact policy for my ex-wife for years now without all the liberal hysteria of this past year. Go figure.

          • tidbits

            Exactly, CO. The pre-existing coverage harumph has been as much a deceptive political ploy as the death panel kerfluffle. Both preexisting condition coverage and physician end of life counselling have long been part of the system. Pay for the coverage, or for the physician’s time, and you can get both today. The health care “reform” will not change either.

            Of note, under the proposed legislation, insurers can charge up to 300% more for pre-existing coverage…about what they do now for the most expensive pre-existing conditions.

  • Don Quijote

    Looking forward to seeing Senator Lieberman working with the new Junior Senator from Connecticut…

  • elrod

    Unlike Dorgan, this is great news for the Democrats. AG Blumenthal just announced that he’s in. And he will almost certainly win that seat with ease.

    If you watch all those Senate race trackers you’ll notice that Connecticut has been the top candidate to switch from D to R. Now it is unlikely to do so as Dodd is out. The other vulnerable incumbents are in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada. But Republicans will have a lot of trouble holding Missouri and Ohio – and very possibly Kentucky if Rand Paul gets the nomination (Rand Paul has literally zero social-political skills, which will become apparent if he makes it out of the activist-driven KY GOP primary). And if Rubio knocks off Crist in a GOP primary in Florida, expect another Democrat to join Meek – possibly Crist himself.

    Ritter was a failure in Colorado – his greatest failure perhaps in choosing Bennet over Hickenlooper or other popular Democrats for Salazar’s seat.

    • Guest

      Zero social-political skills, yet he beats all his opponents, Republicans and Democrats, in the last PPP poll. In related news, Gun Owners of America just endorsed him.

      • elrod

        Rand Paul has all the activist support behind him. But he’s another Doug Hoffman – a better idea than a person (with a perfect libertarian name – like Louis Napoleon was the perfect name for post-1848 France). He could still win – Mongiardo is not exactly a well-loved guy on the Democratic side.

  • JSpencer

    The problem with the wave of retirements on one side of the aisle is that the party on the other side smells blood in the water.

    Yes, maybe they can move in and try gumming them to death with their toothless jaws. 😉

  • casualobserver

    Seven of the top eleven seats in jeopardy are held by Democrats, while just four are held by Republicans.

    All that is needed is one.

  • Uncular1

    It’s odd, 6 Republican senators have announced they won’t seek re-election while just 2 Democrats have; yet the Democrats’ retirements have drawn more press reactions.

  • shannonlee

    Dodd is a dead man walking and he knows it. There is no one digging into his actions of the past two years. He is hoping to escape a grand jury and run off with some super fat job lobbying for banks. Dodd is dirty…imho…he should be tossed in jail like DeLay.

  • SteveCan

    Don’t let the door hit you Chris … Bye Now!

  • kypancakes

    Rand Paul should have no problem defeating the former Democrat Trey Grayson in the Primary. What will the Dems run against a former Democrat during the election? That he is a wishy washy politician who changes parties and has no principle. That works on either side of the isle. Rand should be able to beat either Dem in the General in KY as he is willing to take positions and articulate a message. Something that “I don’t need this job” Mongiardo and “Tough SOB” Conway can’t do.

  • dduck12

    Deja Vu all over again– Yogi Berra

    He was the first Senator censured by the US Senate since Joseph McCarthy in 1954, and was one of only six people censured by the Senate in the 20th century.

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  • spirasol

    Dems and Repubs while loving caring people one and all :-), seem to coalesce around the wants and needs of their corporate benefactors and the lobbyists that represent them. In the great political spectrum, we have extremes, but most politicos seem to congregate around the center, a place that in its most recent placement, is actually to the the right of center. Why this is I don’t know, but it seems to guarantee a degree of watered down politics, especially as it relates to the needs of the common man/woman. Unless you want to define terrorism/security/Wall street/empire/international interests/Israel, etc as bread and butter issues. It begs the question– who do they represent? This is not the end of Mr. Dodd who will resurface in another political reincarnation, likely working for a lobbying firm. And when he does the great dance will continue, Elephants dancing with donkeys, occasionally interrupted by a smiling man slipping an envelope in each Senators pocket. Just my silly little opinion, easily relinquished or tossed aside, you see I have no experience of running for office, and my imagination fails me, in terms of having any realistic handle on what is required or how one is groomed for such a position.

    • Sethsay

      I can change from Democrat to republican in Nov if whoever I vote wins my confidence. Lately I am seeing politics as just a name for either side but the actual substance becomes murky in the playing field.

      Christopher Dodd had a nice speech on CNN on his retirement and I might think after 35 years in the senate its time for him to step down because after awhile his brand might become to easily associated with cushy favoritism of lining his pockets when one “knows” all the possibilities of what can be stretched if you get my drift..especially the banking system where he was rumored with:
      associated with the AIG and other financial bailouts. He was also investigated for receiving a sweetheart loan from Countrywide Mortgage as Chair of the Banking Committee. working the system to his benefit.

      I just think that its abit strange for democrates to be stepping down now when they are needed to carry their vote for the New Health care for millions that Obama is trying to push through on his first term.

      Many thinks he bit off more than he can choose with this health plan, wars in Iraq fermentating and slow glow in Afganistan that requires 30 thousand more troopes something he promised wouldn,t happen if he was elected and now pushing the health care down to the minutes behind closed doors when he said everything was going to be transparent to the people? I am beginning to think Democrate/Republican is just name tags and the real weight is who carries the purse strings.

  • DLS

    “the Democrats’ retirements have drawn more press reactions”

    That’s because the press is largely liberal and Democratic, and views the Dem retirements and the loss of Dem power represented by them as much more important (and frightful).

  • DLS

    “The original intent of the commerce clause was to force states to keep their borders open, in response to the problems states caused under the Articles of Confederation. It’s not a conflict with states rights under the constitution at all, despite the number of people that try to frame it that way.”

    Well, regulating insurers falls under this, though multi-state activity is not “interstate” activity, if or when one chooses to be more precise.

    At least this isn’t a repeated failed claim that health care (or what is at issue here, regulation of insurers) falls under the “general welfare” clause, which it obviously does not.

    * * *

    “you will not be ‘turned down’ for a pre-existing condition, you will be simply surcharged for indicative health factors. Figure 50% more at the same attained age.”

    Not true. In Arizona 10-11 years ago, for example, I was on a Washington (state) plan until those who were out of state were dropped. (It was becoming too popular a practice, apparently.) Arizona insurers largely refused to insure me at all. I finally found an individual policy, with vast exclusions and related riders (excluding coverage of everything that conceivably could be associated with my pre-existing condition, no matter how remotely or implausibly so — everything truly and potentially or arguably so, in other words) for more than $740 a month. I was going to move east for a few years, anyway, but that experience forced me to move, anyway. (I’m back in the Southwest now, but not in Arizona. I may need to relocate there if my work gets shifted there, eventually, and I’m concerned about the availability and cost problems already, but can’t worry too much and do anything about it until and if I go there again.) Where I currently am, I am still on my Michigan insurance plan and trying to switch to a plan here, but it is underwritten and I’ve already been told to expect to be denied and to have to use the state high-risk pool. The additional point with this state is that in this state, too, I can and likely will be denied ordinary, i.e., real, private insurance.)

  • DLS

    “Figure 50% more at the same attained age.”

    I’m working with a guy who is currently paying over $900 a month for an individual policy. Is this really fifty per cent more, only fifty per cent more, than what others are paying for the same or better policy?

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