Monday, June 08, 2009

In case you missed it....

In case you missed it — and I don’t how you could unless you haven’t turned on your TV over the last week — President Barack Obama gave a “shout out” to U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd for championing the credit card tax reform bill that he recently signed into law.
The TV commercial — which, by the way, doesn’t mention the language about carrying loaded guns in national parks — of Obama signing the legislation has been running consistently on local TV channels for a week now. The campaign ads are being paid for by Dodd’s re-election committee.
Coincidentally, a “non-partisan” group is also running a television ad campaign praising Dodd for his efforts to secure health care coverage for working families. It’s one of those...”call Chris Dodd and thank him”...commercials.
I find this all a bit amusing because when the senator was in to see us in late March at the height of the AIG bonus problem, he was rather adamant that he had no intention of running an 18-month re-election campaign. It was too early to start that, he said.
Four days after that meeting, he hired a campaign manager. And now, I guess, a 17-month campaign is okay. Hey, why let all that campaign cash just sit there. If you got, spend it.
Of course all this “non-campaigning” comes as the senator is facing challenges from both inside the party as well outside.
At the same time, his potential Democratic primary challenger, Merrick Alpert of Groton, was soundly rebuffed two weeks ago by his own town committee. The Groton Town Committee adopted a resolution praising Dodd for all he’s done, and “condemning” anyone who would dare repeat the “trumped up” charges being leveled at the incumbent. The resolution didn’t mention Alpert by name, but reportedly all eyes were on him in the room as that passage of the resolution was being read.
Obviously the Groton Town Committee membership didn’t get the memo on the Democratic Party’s cardinal rule #1: Never speak badly about a fellow Democrat — at least not in public, and certainly, not to his face.
Groton Democratic leaders went even further by claiming the resolution was not an endorsement of Dodd’s re-election — saying, “it’s too soon for something like that.” Of course, stapling the invitation to a fundraiser next month to benefit Dodd’s re-election to the resolution before it was handed out to those attendence shouldn’t be construed as anything remotely looking like an endorsement — not this early in the campaign, anyway.
Republicans may be known as the Grand Old Party, but honestly, if it wasn’t Democrats, politics would never be this much fun.
Because it gets better.
Where do you think Dodd was when news of the Groton incident broke?
He was in Hollywood, California with his two new best friends — President Obama and “Democratic” Sen. Arlene Specter — hobknobbing with Hollywood’s elite and famous — and rich, too.
And what were they doing in Hollywood? You guessed it, attending fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee and the personal re-election campaigns of Dodd and Specter. And they apparently did rather well.
It may be a wee bit too early to being the 2010 Senatorial election, but It’s never too early to raise the moneyfor it. And once you got, spend it. There’s always more out there.


Blogger Matt said...

Obviously the Groton Town Committee membership didn’t get the memo on the Democratic Party’s cardinal rule #1: Never speak badly about a fellow Democrat — at least not in public, and certainly, not to his face.

That's not a rule that the Democrats have.

10:18 AM  
Blogger dweeb said...

Just me or by the time we get to Election Day, ALMOST any election day, when you vote, it feels like the Crime of the Century?

More often than not, it's a choice of cancer or polio.

When the Republic was founded we had, literally, dozens of people qualified to be President we could only select one at a time.

Less than 250 years later, reverse gene engineering, the talent pool doesn't come to your ankles.

How did we do this to ourselves and how can we UNdo it?

3:56 PM  
Blogger Bill Jenkins said...

Ray what happened, no more political blogging?

10:02 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

Mr. Hackett

Opps you did it again! As I point out in this blog,

you have let material be printed that you have already admitted is wrong.

For the last time, Lt. Ben Vargas, one of the plaintiffs in Ricci V, DeStefano, is not a white guy. He has an unmistakably brown and handsome face. How can you miss it? He is a Hispanic.

Hispanic dudes are not considered white dudes man. Do you read this stuff before you print it?

Just because the Norwich Bulletin does not directly pay an author, does not mean that you have no obligation to fact check the material for error

--or lies.

7:02 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...


Looks like you got caught again!

Over at Free Norwich, Rich got you good. Check it out.


10:33 AM  

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