Skip to comments.Washington Post : Sen. Dodd announces retirement with dignity -- and honesty
Posted on 01/06/2010 9:05:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Sen. Christopher Dodd's retirement announcement on Wednesday had that rarest of traits in modern politics: a note of honesty.
"There's nothing more pathetic, in my view, than a politician who announces they're only leaving public life to spend more time with their family," the Democrat said as he stood outside his Connecticut house.
His 4-year-old daughter, in her mother's arms, reached out to touch his shoulder during the brief speech, and his 8-year-old daughter stood on his other side as he admitted that "these young ladies are not the reason for my decision."
Everybody knew the real reason: The old bull had turned bearish on his own prospects for reelection. And Dodd, to his credit, did not pretend otherwise. He allowed that he was "in the toughest political shape of my career," sailing in "stormy political waters," and "very aware of my present political standing."
There were other reasons, too: his sister's death, his prostate cancer, the loss of his longtime friend and drinking buddy Ted Kennedy. But, while saying that it would be "absurd" to make confident predictions about this year's election, he didn't try to challenge the view that his prospects for winning a sixth term hovered between dismal and hopeless.
"These challenges have given me pause to take stock and to ask questions that too few of us in elected public life ever do: Why am I running?" the powerful banking committee chairman said. Asking that question gave Dodd the epiphany he announced on the day of the Christian Epiphany: "This is my moment to step aside."
This was a classy departure for a man who has had his share of embarrassments in recent years.
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Dignity and honesty in the same sentence containing Senator Dodd evokes a 10 megaton dissonance.
If that’s class and honesty, then it’s much too little, much too late!
Such a charade
No barf alert ?
There are a lot of words to describe Dudd;dignity and honesty are not among them.
Dignity? Does he even know how to spell it?
Honesty? Does he even know what it means???
My money says he’s being KICKED TO THE CURB!!!
Either way...good riddance.
I must have missed the part where Mister Dodd said that he was leaving office so he could skip town ahead of any further ethics investigations on his Countrywide sweetheart deal (apparent) crime.
Washington’s butt-lick birdcage liner doing what it does best.
Wouldn’t the honesty involve why he was so unpopular in the first place?
You know? The criminality. Amigo de Angelo.
Dana Milbank is such a tool.
The first two words in the headline should have been enough.
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Dodd hasn’t got a honest bone in his body. He’ll probably move on to head Fanny or Freddie.
“This was a classy departure for a man who has had his share of embarrassments in recent years.”
Classy? I don’t think Dodd has ever heard of the word. Embarrassment? Yes, I do believe the people of the Nutmeg State know he’s a complete embarrassment.
Dana Milquetoast likes to do his own share of spinning as much as Dodd.
He made his own bed, as they say, so now he can lie in it.
What, after Dodd and fatso Ted Kennedy spent years raping & terrorizing young waitresses between them, now the old geezer Dodd finds some young woman to marry and bear some offspring to this commie traitor pig??? What a travesty!!! I hope his daughters one day suffer the same humiliation & shame that Dodd & Kennedy bestowed upon dozens or perhaps hundreds of other young women. The sins of the father visited upon his 3rd & 4th generations!!!
He’s every bit as dignified and honest as Uncle Ted!
He appears to have a nice family; I guess the girls are too young to know their dad’s a slime.
that smoldering cow pie is just as crooked as his old man was!
He should never have been given his old mans seat to start with, he’s never had a job in his life!
At the end of the day, it’s of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Chris Dodd frog-marched out of the Senate in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words.
I’d think two words would better suit him: Waitress & Sandwich or Country & Wide.
Dodd’s still a crook and a culpable for the recent financial debacle.
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