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Washington Post : Sen. Dodd announces retirement with dignity -- and honesty
Washington Compost ^ | 01/06/2010 | Dana Milbank

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrisdodd; retirement

1 posted on 01/06/2010 9:05:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, puh-LEEZE!

Dignity and honesty in the same sentence containing Senator Dodd evokes a 10 megaton dissonance.


2 posted on 01/06/2010 9:07:31 PM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If that’s class and honesty, then it’s much too little, much too late!


3 posted on 01/06/2010 9:07:59 PM PST by Postman
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To: SeekAndFind

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Such a charade


4 posted on 01/06/2010 9:08:27 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SeekAndFind

No barf alert ?


5 posted on 01/06/2010 9:08:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

There are a lot of words to describe Dudd;dignity and honesty are not among them.


6 posted on 01/06/2010 9:10:36 PM PST by pistolpetestoys (Outside of a dog a book is a mans best friend;inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My foot!

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.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 9:11:19 PM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sen. Christopher Dodd's retirement announcement on Wednesday had that rarest of traits in modern politics: a note of honesty.

Really?

Honesty?

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.

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8 posted on 01/06/2010 9:11:32 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

Washington’s butt-lick birdcage liner doing what it does best.


9 posted on 01/06/2010 9:13:30 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 01/06/2010 9:14:32 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: fieldmarshaldj
No barf alert ?

The first two words in the headline should have been enough.

Washington Post :

11 posted on 01/06/2010 9:18:38 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Gore is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He rides an icy horse bringing cold wherever he goes.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dodd hasn’t got a honest bone in his body. He’ll probably move on to head Fanny or Freddie.


12 posted on 01/06/2010 9:20:00 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: AmishDude

“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.


13 posted on 01/06/2010 9:22:53 PM PST by princeofdarkness ("Obama Lied. Liberty, Morality, and Prosperity Died.")
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To: SeekAndFind

He made his own bed, as they say, so now he can lie in it.


14 posted on 01/06/2010 9:24:26 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SeekAndFind
A 4 year old and an 8 year old daughter???

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!!!

15 posted on 01/06/2010 9:25:08 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 01/06/2010 9:25:24 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


17 posted on 01/06/2010 9:26:03 PM PST by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


18 posted on 01/06/2010 9:27:00 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: pistolpetestoys

I’d think two words would better suit him: Waitress & Sandwich or Country & Wide.


19 posted on 01/06/2010 9:29:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dodd’s still a crook and a culpable for the recent financial debacle.


20 posted on 01/06/2010 9:31:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: dalereed
Back in 96-97 I ran into Chris in a hotel bar in Seattle. I was downtown on business. He was with a sultry Moll who was impatient to get him out of the bar. I asked the barkeep to buy him a drink..and he couldn't resist. I bought him two..and the Moll was tapping her foot and pulling on his sleeve.
21 posted on 01/06/2010 9:33:56 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: SeekAndFind

You left off the barforama alert.

Those words have ZERO connection to Dodd and HE knows it and WE Know it and the Washington Post knows it.

What a lying libtard criminal thug.


22 posted on 01/06/2010 9:38:18 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: Paladin2
wow he ran for prez too reckon he quit that to? i think we got a bigger crook now...geez
23 posted on 01/06/2010 9:38:32 PM PST by FreeperFlirt
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To: Oldexpat

“He was with a sultry Moll “

is that your code word for street whore!!!


24 posted on 01/06/2010 9:41:20 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Oldexpat

“He was with a sultry Moll “

is that your code word for street whore!!!


25 posted on 01/06/2010 9:41:47 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Oldexpat

“He was with a sultry Moll “

is that your code word for street whore!!!


26 posted on 01/06/2010 9:42:08 PM PST by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Well hey; give the guy credit. He showed as much dignity as any other whore would have.


27 posted on 01/06/2010 9:42:49 PM PST by no dems (Sarah Palin has more experience than B. Hussein Obama had.)
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To: SeekAndFind
""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>

So THERE, Governor Ritter and Senator Dorgan, ....Chris Dodd says you're pathetic.

28 posted on 01/06/2010 9:43:11 PM PST by cookcounty (Let us not speak of the honor of men. Rather, let us bind them with the Constitution. --Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

I for one am disappointed.

I was sort of hoping to see Dodd froghopped out of the senate by the capital guards.


29 posted on 01/06/2010 9:52:44 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the biggest crocks to walk the halls of Congress......”dignity and honesty”....lulz!


30 posted on 01/06/2010 10:18:22 PM PST by cranked
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To: SeekAndFind
go f#@ $ yourself, Dodd.

you worthless POS.

Now if we can only get CHET EDWARDS to do the same .... with dignity, I can celebrate.

31 posted on 01/06/2010 11:13:13 PM PST by erman
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Dana Milbank


32 posted on 01/06/2010 11:21:26 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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“I’m a crook whose been found out and won’t be re-elected to my job of crime.”

Ah, refreshing honesty and dignity.


33 posted on 01/07/2010 12:06:08 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

If Dodd had announced “with dignity and honesty”, he would have handcuffed him self and showed up at a Fed Max prison begging to be incarcerated for the rest of his lousy life. Milbank is a blithering idiot. He needs to be shunned and personally insulted.


34 posted on 01/07/2010 6:06:14 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: SeekAndFind

Wipe your chin, Washington Post


35 posted on 01/07/2010 6:08:56 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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