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Chris Dodd on Why He Quit

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 8:19 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd announced today he won’t run for re-election next year. He admitted his “present political standing” would have made re-election difficult but insisted that wasn’t the reason for his decision. Further, Dodd made a point of saying he was not quitting to spend time with his family:

“Updated 12:13 p.m. ET: “Now there is nothing more pathetic than a politician who announces they are only leaving public life to spend more time with their family. The result of this announcement today will, I hope, create that opportunity -– but it is not the reason for my decision….I’m still driven by the same passions that motivated me to try my hand at politics so many, many years ago.”

I guess this is Dodd’s way of saying he’s principled.


17 Responses to “Chris Dodd on Why He Quit”

  1. Perhaps he is quitting before they indict him. It isn’t as if he is innocent.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  2. DJR, I’m sorry, but principled and Dodd are two words which should never appear in the same sentence except in the case where Dodd is being used as an example of someone with no principles. To imply otherwise invites derision. Even your example, which appears to be sarcastic, should be banned because of the rule about Dodd and principles being used in the same sentence.

    Fritz J. (5adf81)

  3. Fritz, Dodd is principled. He simply has different principles than you. Dodd is very consistent, and it shows some rules are strongly held in his head. He’s very loyal to the democrat pork machine, and is very loyal to his own wealth.

    That pork machine is threatened by the incoming elections and wants the security of Dodd’s seat preserved by Dodd letting another democrat take it. Dodd is, of course, not going to leave his seat for free, because he’s a principled person and that principle is Dodd gaining at the expense of the people. I’m sure he will soon have some ‘surprising’ good fortune. A powerful appointment? A very lucrative board membership like Michelle Obama’s. Just as sure as I am that the sun will come up tomorrow, I know that Dodd’s loyalty to this system of corruption, his willingness to avoid that system losing his seat, will continue to make this man rich. Maybe he’ll go to jail someday, but I doubt it.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  4. He wants to clear the decks for his appointment as Treasury Secretary. I’m reminded of Lincoln’s reply when asked if his Secretary of the Treasury, Simon Cameron, would steal. “I don’t believe he would steal a red hot stove”, he said.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  5. Hmm, and there I thought there was nothing more pathetic than a corrupt politician (oops, that’s redundant).

    Audacity (2fd5ad)

  6. When a passenger or stowaway upon an ocean going vessel and it gets a BIG hole, it’s going down.

    The FIRST ones in the lifeboats get to write books about it!

    The rats that don’t make the first boats will still drown!

    I predict by Aug there will be at least one full boat.

    Nov 2, a large ship will sink beneath the waves.

    The only thing sad, is that the rescue ship will be just as full of greed and shit as the one going down.

    TC (0b9ca4)

  7. From the BBC no less

    “He says that he loved his job but the events of the last year had made him take stock of life. He was very aware of his current political standing but that wasn’t the reason to go. But it was time to step aside.”

    Lifebot #1 for me, thee are on your own.

    TC (0b9ca4)

  8. From the comments to the above….

    “President Obama did the seemingly impossible, he managed to get as many Americans as fed up with him in less than one year as it took President Bush eight years to do.” ….

    TC (0b9ca4)

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  10. Chris Subprime Scumbag Dudd is getting the hell out of Dodge before the indictment fit hits the shan.

    Icy Texan (a73096)

  11. Long a part of the problem, not the solution, it would be high interest indeed if/when anything is ever charged to Connecticut’s Countrywide MasterDodd. He always was a bit of a card– and apparently a chip off the ol’ block when it comes to ethics and finances. Although Pappy Tom won the brass ring when he was censured by the Senate for funny money matters decades ago.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  12. yeah, that quitting statement was oddly candid.

    Still, what a tool.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  13. Wonder how Dodd’s family feels about their awesome father’s infamous “sandwich” group grope of that poor waitress with fellow manslaughterer/scumbag Kennedy. Spend more time with him? Eh, probably not.

    Dmac (a964d5)

  14. Dodd quit because Mrs. Vincent K. McMahon was going to layeth the SMACKDOWN upon him in the election, pure and simple.

    For those blissfully unaware, Linda McMahon is the wife of rassling promoter, Vince McMahon, Jr.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  15. …and also for those blissfully unaware, Linda McMahon gave big $$ to defeat two long – term GOP congressional folks in the last election. So she’s about as loyal as the Peter Lorre character in Casablanca.

    Dmac (a964d5)

  16. Expect more of these type statements as more liberals realize their political days are numbered. This administration has shown that it can find a lucrative and influential appointment for any miscreant. That is what is backstopping this rush to socialize this country before the 2010 elections.

    In those non-CSPAN moments of transparency I am sure that Obama, Reid and Pelosi insisted that this Congress is “historic” in its transformation of America in the Democrat’s long held vision and that sacrificing your personal political career for the good of the party would be rewarded through a “protection scheme” to assure the losers a long and lavish lifestyle post election.

    As if voter disgust with this crew hadn’t already pegged the meter.

    in_awe (a55176)

  17. It’s not the same since he and Teddy aren’t able to make waitress sandwiches.

    Roux (09a786)

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