Remember how Sen. Chris Dodd’s poll numbers are terrible?
Well, apparently he thinks a book deal will make things better:
Crown senior editor Sean Desmond has acquired a history of the congressional bailout of the financial markets by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd with Lary Bloom. Titled Thirteen Days: How the Financial Crisis Changed the Politics of Washington, 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. Crown has world rights via Esther Newberg and will publish this June.
June can’t come soon enough! The CTLP Book Reviews staff eagerly awaits.
Seriously, Dodd’s going to paint himself as someone who “acted swiftly to try to save the American economy”? This should be fun. If you’ve noticed, the American economy isn’t exactly saved… so is this a story of failure? And how will he explain what he was doing during the run-up to the crisis?
If you think Dodd’s book deal has escaped the notice of the NRSC, think again. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, as Capitol Watch notes, has recently discovered Connecticut, and has been sending out unflattering email about our senior senator. Here’s what they had to say about the book deal:
A more apt title would be ‘13 Weeks: The Senate Banking Committee Chairman’s Time in Iowa While the Housing Market Collapsed.’
Ouch. Though to be fair, Dodd only actually moved to Iowa for about 8-9 weeks.
And yet, that’s part of the reason why Dodd’s poll numbers are so bad. Voters weren’t happy at the time that he neglected his Senate duties and went as far as enrolling his daughter in an Iowa kindergarten during his run for president; the benefit of hindsight is making things that much worse.
This is also making national news, as a lot of this Dodd stuff seems to be lately. Still no word on whether Rob Simmons or another top-tier Republican is going to get into this race.