Friday, February 13, 2009


this from the political wire:

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) is writing a book on the congressional bailout of the financial services industry, titled Thirteen Days: How the Financial Crisis Changed the Politics of Washington. It will be published in June.

According to Publishers Weekly, the book "will provide an intimate look at how, over the course of 13 days last September, a financial crisis led to panic and meltdown. Dodd, the chair of the Senate banking committee, will also describe how he and others acted swiftly to try to save the American economy."

The book is obviously modeled on Robert F. Kennedy's Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I'm not sure this actually helps Connecticut's senior senator who is not as highly regarded among voters here than he once was. In fact, not a lot of folks feel like he can be believed, and I don't think this book is going to change people's minds.

The big question is....who will the Republicans throw against him in the 2010 campaign.'s seems one well-known Republican has been meeting with the head of the Republican National Senate Committee and is thinking about it. (More on that in this Sunday's newpaper column Hackett on Politics.

Have a good weekend.


Blogger mccommas said...

-- So not only was the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee asleep at the switch, but now he is going to personally profit from the crisis?

Am I mischaracterizing the situation here? Someone please tell me I’m wrong.

7:56 PM  
Blogger dweeb said...

You and I may differ on a variety of issues but methinks you have correctly nailed CT's Senior Senator on this one.

Whether this is some form of damage control or self-aggrandisement, Senator Dodd needs to buckle up, this may be a rougher ride than what he bargained for.

What name doe you suppose Ray Hackett's Sunday column holds for a possible 2010 opponent? Perhaps Rob Simmons'?
Only the Shadow knows.....

10:17 PM  
Blogger mccommas said...

People have been speculating that Rob Simmons will run but I don't know if Simmons will see 2010 as an opportunity. I still think it’s likely that Dodd will be forced to resign midway through. I think Simmons will be far more tempted to run if Dodd retires.

There is not a long list of well known Republicans.

Simmons knows that Dodd could rally. 2010 is a long way away. The Norwich Bulletin will endorse him over any Republican to the right of Lowell Weicker. Will people remember or care about two years from now? Simmons is a smart politico. He will only run if the chances are good. I think 2010 will be a fantastic year for a Republican come back. I might run myself.

I would rather see him run for Governor. Connecticut needs someone who will lead. Rell is a super nice lady but she is no leader. She has been a huge disappointment to me. I had such high hopes for her after Rowland’s lack luster tenure. For one thing she keeps nominating liberals to the bench. Like Rowland before her, Rell has squandered a golden opportunity to shape Connecticut’s judiciary. I voted for DeStefano in protest and so did a lot of Republican friends of mine.

A lot of people would support Simmons over Rell. I would love to be apart of that convention fight. I think my Republican Town Committee would support him over the incumbent.

As for Dodd, I hope the person Mr. Hackett is talking about is Gary Franks. Franks is a good man and is better on the federal issues than even Simmons at least from my perspective. Still Simmons would be such an asset to our Defense Based economy in a time when the Obama Administration is going to be slashing Defense as they see it as waste. I have said it before and I will say it again. Simmons was the best congressman we ever had.

You know who else would be good? Former East Hartford Mayor Susan Kniep.

8:15 AM  
Blogger dweeb said...

My mom once told me when you have nothing nice to say about someone, say nothing at all, so "how about Them Mets?" ;-) (I have a profoundly different take on Mr. Simmons as a congressman and I'll leave it at that.)

I would hope both parties (I wish I could more realistically type 'all' parties) will strive to nominate the best qualified person for public office-not just the bozo they feel they can get elected.

An elected office should be a means to an end, and NOT an end unto itself.

Too often, I think, we see that happen and then we are surprised to find ourselves where we are.

10:45 AM  
Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

The Dodd book announcement appears to be premature. The publisher has released a statement that there currently ".is no book deal." This does not mean that there won't be one in the near future. The publisher is the same one that publised the book Dodd edited containing his father's letters from Nurenburg.

12:34 PM  
Blogger mccommas said...

Name that tune buddy.

What the heck is wrong with Rob? For someone who claims to be right down the middle I can’t fathom why you would hate Rob Simmons. I know him personally and I have always been impressed with him. I just wish he was against partial birth abortion.

He is fairly moderate politically but a good match for Connecticut. Joe Courtney is a yes man for Pelosi. She says jump and he asks “how high".

We didn't exactly trade up in 2006.
He strikes me as a backbencher.

12:35 PM  
Blogger dweeb said...

Whoa! Who said anything about 'I hate Rob Simmons'? Not me. (And you wonder why you don't score well in 'plays well with others'?) There are shades of grey even in a world of black and white and when you can't, or don't, see those shades, you're missing some of the view.

That said, your larger point on how we continue to NOT be well-served is, sadly, spot on.

It's been suggested by some (though not I, as a non-hater), that we could put Gedjenson, Simmons and Courtney in a sack, and smack it with a bat and still hit the right one. ;-)

We have some time to sort out those qualities and qualifications we'd like best in our next Senator. Let's hope we can choose wisely and well.

1:35 PM  

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