Caligiuri Close to Running

State Sen. Sam Caligiuri has to be encouraged by yesterday’s poll, which showed him trailing Sen. Chris Dodd 47%-34%. Caligiuri is not well-known outside of the greater Waterbury area, but the poll showed him holding the longtime incumbent U.S. Senator under 50%.

In fact, he says he’s leaning in favor of running, and should make up his mind over the next couple of weeks.

Caligiuri would be an interesting choice. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Rob Simmons, but he doesn’t have the kind of baggage on Iraq and other national issues that Simmons does either.

As for his poll numbers, 34% isn’t great–that seems to be just about where any generic Republican would score, and 34% is about the percentage of the vote most Republican U.S. Senate candidates over the past two decades have ended up with. That’s the generic Republican floor. However, Dodd was unable to break 50% against Simmons, Kudlow or Caligiuri, suggesting that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to consider someone else.

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51 responses to “Caligiuri Close to Running

  1. Bruce Rubenstein

    I saw Caligiuri on tv and he was impressive. He certainly speaks better then Rob Simmons who has a “Elmer Fudd” speaking voice and style. I also think Simmons will be hurt by his seemingly being on the government dole most of his adult life and has no or almost no private enterprise experience……Caligiuri on the other hand, seems very intelligent and I understand he is a partner at Day, Pitkin LLC….and was Mayor of Waterbury. Simmons was recently bounced from his job by Rell and Ive heard there is bad blood there…..my money is on Caligiuri getting the Rep endorsement and beating Simmons in a primary.Dodd could rebound in the polls and there is still time, but he has to get off his backside and come clean on the real estate deals.

  2. Bruce Rubenstein

    ACR..or some other Republican…..can you present us an analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Caliguiri and Simmons and who you think will take the endorsement and win a primary?

  3. ModerateDem08

    Agree with Bruce. Caliguri may have more upside than Simmons. There are some who will absolutely never vote for Simmons, but may consider Caliguri in a head-to-head with Sen. Dodd. He is pretty good on labor issues for a Republican and for laborers that are pro-gun, pro life he is a reasonable alternative to Dodd. Simmons advantages are that he is a known commodity in Republican circles both in CT and nationally and is dogged campaigner. Just think with the tide against him he only lost the Second CD by 83 votes. He stays on message and is tireless. He will dust off the 2000 campaign playbook that he used against Gedjensen. Both will have plenty of money because of national interest groups and Republicans smelling blood in the water locally. Dodd can’t say it, but he would rather run against Simmons.

  4. ACR..or some other Republican…..can you present us an analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Caliguiri and Simmons and who you think will take the endorsement and win a primary?

    I may not be ACR, but . . .

    I think the strengths of a Caligiuri campaign would be his energy, campaign ability, lack of any connection on the federal level and his presence.

    The strengths of a Simmons campaign would be his experience running federal campaigns, including federal government and donor connections. Also, he is a former CIA operative. Enough said.

    However, this is also his weakness. He was tied to Bush and a Congressman for six years during the Bush era. He can’t offer a fresh look, because he already had his shot. Also, he looks like “Elmer Fudd” and does not have that presence found in Caligiuri, and even Dodd. But people sometimes embrace experience, as opposed to a fresh face.

    Caligiuri’s weakness is going to be money and his lack of running in a federal system. However in 2006, he demolished the fundraising record for State Senate races, raising $100,000 +. These weaknesses can be overcome, easily.

    The endorsement battle will be one of inside baseball. Both are active in the party, but Caligiuri has shown a stronger commitment to the ideals of the party (Conservative, Only Senator to vote against the budget). However, Simmons is also trusted in the party, but his Rell/Business Advocate battle may show some weakness.

    A primary leans Caligiuri, as he has been active around the state (3 strikes) and is the new, exciting face on the block. I actually think a primary could be good for the winning candidate, letting the R’s get more exposure as Dodd sits on the sideline and watches more scandals arise.

  5. Weicker Liker

    I agree with your analysis GM.

    Caligiuri gives the CT GOP a younger face. There maybe more upside in Sam’s candidacy.

    Simmons is actually two years OLDER than Chris Dodd.

  6. AndersonScooper

    “A primary could be good for the winning candidate…”

    Delicious!

    Can someone tell me how you win a GOP primary without veering right? What questions do people think will be asked at the debate, when many Nutmeggers tune in for the first time?

    You ‘wingers are stuck with the fuddy-duddy. Unless someone can talk Rob out of the race, which will be hard to do after yesterday’s poll. (Really, only a Healy defection could stop Simmons at this point. Is Chairman DUI also a back-stabber? I dunno.)

    Anyway, please, please let Caligiuri’s ego talk him into a primary versus Simmons. Cuz I don’t want to lose that Senate seat.

  7. Can someone tell me how you win a GOP primary without veering right? What questions do people think will be asked at the debate, when many Nutmeggers tune in for the first time?

    Lamont won a primary by veering left — and ended up shooting himself in the foot. It’s tough to come back from high-fiving Al Sharpton on the victory podium.

    How is this any different?

  8. You ‘wingers are stuck with the fuddy-duddy.

    I don’t know about that. From what I read on here and amongst Repub friends it seems like Caligiuri has the buzz even though that may have changed post yesterday’s encouraging (to them) but misleading Q-poll.

  9. Can someone tell me how you win a GOP primary without veering right? What questions do people think will be asked at the debate, when many Nutmeggers tune in for the first time?

    The argument against reelecting Dodd has little to do with ideology, and neither should a potential Republican primary against him. A primary would be fought on who is best equipped to take down Dodd, not who is the most conservative – which, as you know, would be counterproductive.

    A hard-fought primary would give both candidates tons of free media to get their names out next summer, which is good for both of them. Connecticut is ready to fire Dodd, they just need to a credible alternative.

  10. AndersonScooper

    Dobbsy– I love you man. Don’t ever change. You’re so busy hating on Lamont and black people that you completely missed what you just wrote. Yes, veering left probably cost Lamont the general.

    Scanman– after that poll, who is going to tell Simmons that he can’t run, that he’s through with politics? Jodi Rell? Hah!

    Caligiuri might have all the little boys’ buzz, but is he stupid enough to primary Simmons? And who do you think the NRSC will line up behind?

  11. AndersonScooper

    Thug, this is still a Blue State.

    And you think a Republican primary can be fought and won with both candidates trying to out “moderate” each other, campaigning on nothing more than electability?

    Sooner or later candidates have to answer questions. Like on health caren immigration, abortion, Obama, the stimulus, Bush’s tax cuts, etc.

    How can one play to the Rump Republican, yet maintain your appeal to the Independent voter? Enough appeal to outweigh the Dems numerical advantage?

    It cannot be done. Particularly not with an August primary.

    Run Caligiuri, run!

  12. Dobbsy– I love you man. Don’t ever change. You’re so busy hating on Lamont and black people that you completely missed what you just wrote. Yes, veering left probably cost Lamont the general.

    Who said anything about hating black people? I was describing the first image that most of Connecticut had of Ned Lamont — precisely mirroring your earlier post — and the impact it had on his candidacy. Ned Lamont did not give anyone a warm fuzzy. That, and his complete and total inexperience, doomed his candidacy.

    But hey, if Ned had his way, we never would have had this.

  13. Scanman– after that poll, who is going to tell Simmons that he can’t run, that he’s through with politics? Jodi Rell? Hah!

    Oh no question he runs….now it’s just a matter of whether he or Caligiuri wins the primary.

    But hey, if Ned had his way, we never would have had this.

    I don’t know about you but I would rather have however many US soldiers died between November 2006 and right now still be alive as opposed to US soldiers being able to dance in some Baghdad marketplace….

  14. I don’t know about you but I would rather have however many US soldiers died between November 2006 and right now still be alive as opposed to US soldiers being able to dance in some Baghdad marketplace….

    You make it sound as if there’s an A vs. B, i.e., if we didn’t invade Iraq, there would be no other acts of terrorism requiring American intervention elsewhere. With Saddam still in power and simply ignoring the U.N. and invading its neighbors every handful of years, that’s silly.

    We’re in a safer world now because the United States achieved victory in Iraq.

  15. Bruce Rubenstein

    We’re in a safer world now because the United States achieved victory in Iraq.</blockquote

    you got to be kidding

  16. you got to be kidding

    Amen to that….

  17. can you present us an analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Caliguiri and Simmons and who you think will take the endorsement and win a primary?

    Sam is an attractive candidate. He’s thoughtful, intelligent, knowledgable and articulate – among other positive attributes.

    He’s a fantastic extemporaneous speaker… on par with HRC (and she’s a better extemporaneous speaker than Obama, IMO).

  18. A GOP primary for US Senate will focus on Roe v. Wade, the 2nd amendment and the economy. (what did I forget?)

    Sam will be preferred on Roe v. Wade and probably the economy. I have no idea about the 2nd amendment.

    I suspect Sam wins the primary. That puts him against Dodd. But I expect 2010 to be about the economy and a referendum on Dodd.

    If Sam is really far right on a lot of issues, that could certainly help Dodd. But if Sam wins the GOP primary as a pro-life candidate (I don’t know his views, but am certain he is to the right of Simmons)… and the election is based on the economy… I doubt voters will be weighing his Roe stance too heavily.

  19. I have no idea about the 2nd amendment.

    2008 Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2008, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Caligiuri a grade of A (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

    http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=65159

  20. speaking of Roe, I don’t know how the wingers are gonna feel about this one…

    http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=12895&can_id=65159

  21. Who said anything about hating black people?

    Exactly.

    Actually I’ve spent considerable time in the middle of helping a Black woman from Manchester try to get her foreclosure case reopen.

    She even has all the receipts but Hunt-Liebert moved on her anyway.

    Dodd’s office gave her the bum’s rush and even one well known liberal Dem atty that posts her occasionally wouldn’t lift a finger (well maybe *one*).

    Interesting the CT GOP is all over it.

    The fact is – unless it’s time to look for votes the Dem’s will do nothing for Blacks or any other minority, but the party of John Brown will.
    (Yeah I know, we’re supposed to say “party of Lincoln”, but he never whacked a bigot to death with an axe; so I kinda like Brown better.)

  22. AndersonScooper

    Caligiuri voted with the Senate Democrats to override Rell’s veto of the minimum wage adjustment?
    http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/state_capitol/both_chambers_override_minimum.php

    After the vote in the Senate, Caliguiri said he met with the governor on Friday to inform her of his decision to vote against her veto. “I’ve taken a hard look at the data and I could not conclude that increasing the minimum wage would result in decreases in jobs.”

    Disagreeing with his Republican colleagues, who argued that increasing the minimum wage would increase the unemployment rate, Caligiuri said he looked at employment statistics going back to the 1980s and there was no increase in unemployment rates following minimum wage increases in the past.

    And what did our intelligent Governor have to say?

    In an emailed statement, Rell said, “This is a seriously short-sighted decision that – even if well-intentioned – will have long-lasting negative consequences for employers and employees alike all over Connecticut.”

    “Even as the national economic picture continues to darken, the Legislature has opted to further cloud Connecticut’s business environment. Instead of making the state more business-friendly, instead of encouraging the small businesses that are the single greatest creator of jobs, instead of positioning Connecticut to succeed when the economy once more begins to grow, the Legislature has taken a step backward, ” Rell said.

    So at least on this issue, Caligiuri isn’t a bat-shit crazy ideologue like the rest of the CT GOP. Hmm, I wonder what Jack Dobb will have to say about this.

  23. Thug, this is still a Blue State.

    And you think a Republican primary can be fought and won with both candidates trying to out “moderate” each other, campaigning on nothing more than electability?

    Sooner or later candidates have to answer questions. Like on health caren immigration, abortion, Obama, the stimulus, Bush’s tax cuts, etc.

    How can one play to the Rump Republican, yet maintain your appeal to the Independent voter? Enough appeal to outweigh the Dems numerical advantage?

    Poopy, I know you have a problem with remembering actual facts, but it really wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans held three of five congressional seats in Connecticut. Yes, I realize you rejoice in a total and absolute butt-smacking unanimous hold on those seats right now …

    But I am telling you as someone who has been around long enough to know, those who smugly tell people “Connecticut is a blue state” are the ones who wake up on a Wednesday in early November and go “Whaddafu*k?” when they find facts on the ground have changed alla da sudden.

    Chris Dodd might be one of those people.

    If there’s any justice in this world — and trends suggest there is — you might very well be another.

  24. Well crap, the blockquote screwed up.

    My comments start with “Poopy, I know … ”

    Meanwhile, call the Republicans all the names you want. Any one of them might very well wind up holding the Senate seat you treasure.

    And that’s worth all the PoopyScoopy sturm und drang he can muster.

  25. way2moderate

    This Irish cottage thing is going to make the Coutrywide Mortgage fiasco look like small potatoes.

    Dodd’s going to be ‘splaining about that well into the next election.

  26. AndersonScooper

    Red5–

    I understand your anger. But how about some political reality?

    Obama beat McCain 61%-38%. So much for Healy’s big talk about Connecticut being in play!

    Granted you guys have Grandma Rell, and the Lt. Governor whose name no one remembers. But Dems hold all four Constitutional offices, with ease. Susie Bysiewicz won with 70% of the vote, and Blumenthal won with 74% of the vote.

    Dems hold 114 State House seats to your 37. That’s better than a 3:1 supermajority. In the State Senate it’s a mere 2:1 margin, still a supermajority. Dems outnumber Repugs 24-12.

    Moving on to Congress, DeLauro won with 77% of the vote, Larson with 71%. Your challenger to Landslide Joe Courtney, (again, I forget his name), got beat better than 2:1, as Courtney gained 65% of the vote. And of course your last wunderkid, David Crappiello, lost to Chris Murphy 39-59%!

    Oops, did I forget Jim Himes, who took out 21yr incumbent Chris “Chameleon” Shays?

    So admit it. Connecticut is a Blue State. Deep, deep Blue.

    Anyway, I hope Caligiuri is greedy enough to wage a GOP primary. Your candidates will then have to throw away their poses and show their true colors. And no, Connecticut can’t stomach them.

    The only thing I will stipulate is that a true scandal could bring down Dodd, as it did Ted Stevens in deep red Alaska. That’s why I hope the media will get to the bottom of “Cottage-Gate” sooner than later. (and that if it’s complete bullshit, like the Countrywide crap, Dodd will somehow handle it better.)

  27. It’s Dodd’s to lose. And if he walks away, I find it hard to believe any Rs beat Blumie or Murphy statewide… though I firmly believe an R could still win an open CT-5 seat.

    I have to admit… that’ s part of why I want Murphy to run for Senate… it’d make CT-5 another fun race! And with Sam from Waterbury… I have no doubt he could win an open CT-5 seat.

  28. Blumie, Murphy or Susie statewide

  29. AndersonScooper

    If Dodd’s numbers continue to tank, I wonder if Blummie is staring at a gauntlet.

    If he waits for a Dodd retirement announcement, another Dem, (like an awakened and rebellious Susie B.), could announce a primary challenge, — “for the good of the Party”.

    How would that effect Blumenthal? Would he then be able to jump in, even if Dodd later dropped?

    The problem for little Dick is that he’s got the reputation of being shy, and an opportunist only. Would he get away with a last-minute entry?

    PS– It amazes me that any Dem wants to run against Rell. You know the incumbent with the 69/23, Fav/UnFav numbers, — amongst Democrats!

  30. The problem for little Dick is that he’s got the reputation of being shy, and an opportunist only. Would he get away with a last-minute entry?

    a reputation?? You’re too kind.

    I still think Murphy’s the one to do it “for the good of the party.”

    The problem is… Lamont beat Joe 52 to 48… and the party base was angry with Joe.

    So on the one hand, Murphy has “incumbency / credibility” that Ned did not have. But there’s no anger with Dodd as there was with Joe.

    I still say that Murph is gonna be watchin the poll numbers all year… and just keep raising money to run for “congress.”

    And that’s the other problem that Dick and Susan have. They can’t raise money quietly. They’d have to jump in and start raising boatloads of money fast.

  31. AndersonScooper

    Tim–

    Murph is the man for 2012. He’s not about to take a flyer that might end up to be a career-ender.

    Anyway, it’s a given that little Dick doesn’t have the balls to launch a primary.

    But what’s amazing is that the two outsiders, Ned Lamont and Susie B., want to battle it out for the right to lose to Rell. (Which will also prove to be a career-ender!)

    Even after the Lamont shocker, and the Obama miracle, stakeholders can’t realize that the audacious move is often the right move? (As Lieberman taught Weicker.)

  32. Murph is the man for 2012. He’s not about to take a flyer that might end up to be a career-ender.

    Correct.

    And that’s the other problem that Dick and Susan have. They can’t raise money quietly. They’d have to jump in and start raising boatloads of money fast.

    Dick Blumenthal doesn’t need to raise money.

    And a Senate race is out of Susan’s league. In order of likelihood, it’s 1. SOTS 2. AG (if Dodd bails, in which case Dick runs for Senate and otherwise he remains AG). 3. Congress (in the event Rosa were to go to the Cabinet or something). 4. Governor (in the circumstance the Rell bails and Susan inexplicably convinces herself she can win at the convention or, accepting she’ll lose, will win the last Democratic state primary before the Apocalypse).

    Tim is basically right, Susan can continue to attempt to play footsie with the Party faithful over which Constitutional office she is really interested in (although most are fed up with her me-too strip tease routine, particularly Dick has – admirably – cut the crap); but she cannot do that and pursue a federal race at the same time, no matter the alignment of the other celestial bodies.

    But what’s amazing is that the two outsiders, Ned Lamont and Susie B., want to battle it out for the right to lose to Rell. (Which will also prove to be a career-ender!)
    Susie isn’t an outsider Anderson. Even you can recognize this. And that it will be a career ender – well before the general – is why Susan, subject to the conditions aforementioned, will in all likelihood continue to wait and see.

    How many years before she is the longest serving SOTS in Connecticut history, Ghengis?

  33. Dems hold 114 State House seats to your 37. That’s better than a 3:1 supermajority. In the State Senate it’s a mere 2:1 margin, still a supermajority. Dems outnumber Repugs 24-12.

    And just look at the amazing successes they have achieved so far!

    I’m really impressed — in awe, really!

    I mean, look at thir influence to brought 4,200 to the Capitol steps today! I’m sure they are all very proud.
    Think we’ll see pictures of the rally on their end of session reports?

  34. What is the deal with the blockquotes not working?

  35. Tim is basically right, Susan can continue to attempt to play footsie with the Party faithful over which Constitutional office she is really interested in (although most are fed up with her me-too strip tease routine, particularly Dick has – admirably – cut the crap); but she cannot do that and pursue a federal race at the same time, no matter the alignment of the other celestial bodies.

    I dunno, she seems pretty interested in the governorship to my eyes.

  36. Tim is basically right, Susan can continue to attempt to play footsie with the Party faithful over which Constitutional office she is really interested in (although most are fed up with her me-too strip tease routine, particularly Dick has – admirably – cut the crap); but she cannot do that and pursue a federal race at the same time, no matter the alignment of the other celestial bodies.

    The only way this even makes sense is because she has indicated that she’s not interested in primarying Blumenthal, which was Malloy’s exact position too.

  37. The only way this even makes sense is because she has indicated that she’s not interested in primarying Blumenthal, which was Malloy’s exact position too.

    What is it with that guy that so clearly strikes such fear into the hearts of Democrats?

  38. What is the deal with the blockquotes not working?

    Blockquotes not working?

  39. AndersonScooper

    Fear?

    Blumenthal’s latest Fav/UnFav numbers were at 81/10, and 83/8 amongst Independents.

    Rell’s numbers are strong, Dick’s are off the charts, in Superman territory.

  40. So at least on this issue, Caligiuri isn’t a bat-shit crazy ideologue like the rest of the CT GOP. Hmm, I wonder what Jack Dobb will have to say about this.

    I think we should banish Caligiuri for voting against his party on this one particular issue. Yes, in fact, we should disregard the fact that he’s voted consistently with our party on the vast majority of issues, and bash him for voting with his personal beliefs on this one issue. We should organize “Dump Sam” websites and savagely destroy him for even thinking about bucking the rigid party establishment.

    Oh, wait. That’s a Democrat move, reserved for dedicated party men like Joe Lieberman. Sorry. I take it all back. My mistake.

  41. I think we should banish Caligiuri for voting against his party on this one particular issue. Yes, in fact, we should disregard the fact that he’s voted consistently with our party on the vast majority of issues, and bash him for voting with his personal beliefs on this one issue. We should organize “Dump Sam” websites and savagely destroy him for even thinking about bucking the rigid party establishment.

    I don’t think you can compare Caligiuri’s vote to override a minimum wage veto with Lieberman’s continued support of a failing and highly unpopular war that the Democratic Party, by the time 2006 came around, was almost universally opposed to. Even Repubs on the fringe aren’t dumb enough to realize how popular a minimum wage increase would be to their constituents. Lieberman, on the other hand, wasn’t just bucking his party by supporting the war; he was also disregarding the entire electorate who had grown tired of W’s failed adventure in Iraq.

  42. I don’t think you can compare Caligiuri’s vote to override a minimum wage veto with Lieberman’s continued support of a failing and highly unpopular war that the Democratic Party, by the time 2006 came around, was almost universally opposed to. Even Repubs on the fringe aren’t dumb enough to realize how popular a minimum wage increase would be to their constituents. Lieberman, on the other hand, wasn’t just bucking his party by supporting the war; he was also disregarding the entire electorate who had grown tired of W’s failed adventure in Iraq.

    No, I was comparing it to Lieberman’s continued support of a succeeding but highly unpopular war, and of W’s successful adventure in Iraq.

  43. Thug, this is still a Blue State.

    The whole ‘red vs blue’ division is silly.

    Connecticut, like most states, has a robust and complicated political scene. While the state may vote reliably for Democrats in Presidential races we’ve had more than a few years of Republican governors and until recently a fairly decent amount of Republicans representing us in Congress.

    To just label us a ‘blue state’ without acknowledging these caveats is either disingenuous or naive.

  44. The only thing I will stipulate is that a true scandal could bring down Dodd, as it did Ted Stevens in deep red Alaska. That’s why I hope the media will get to the bottom of “Cottage-Gate” sooner than later. (and that if it’s complete bullshit, like the Countrywide crap, Dodd will somehow handle it better.)

    I do hope the media get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later. However, I disagree with your assessment of the Countrywide issue. If there’s nothing to it why didn’t Senator Dodd simply go the full disclosure route and prove that he has nothing to hide?

    Showing the mortgage documents to select members of the press for a few minutes doesn’t really say ‘look I’m coming clean’ as much as it perpetuates the suspicion that he’s holding back.

    It’s also eerily similar to his father’s financial scandal that resulted in censure by the Senate following an ethics investigation: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,899472,00.html

  45. “Oh, wait. That’s a Democrat move, reserved for dedicated party men like Joe Lieberman. Sorry. I take it all back. My mistake. ”

    To quote the great Nelson Muntz: “Haw haw!”

  46. From CNN.com’s Political Ticker:

    (CNN) – Connecticut’s senators are back on the same team: Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election, three years after Dodd threw his weight behind Ned Lamont’s successful challenge to the former Democratic vice presidential candidate.

    “They’ve been good friends for a long time, so it hurt him personally,” Lieberman spokesman Scott Overland said Thursday. “But their friendship has overcome it, and they’re as good of friends as they’ve ever been.”

    When anti-war candidate Lamont challenged Lieberman in Connecticut’s Democratic primary 2006, Dodd backed the incumbent in the primary, but endorsed and actively campaigned for his friend’s opponent in the general election. Lieberman edged his Democratic challenger out in the final contest, and won as an Independent.

    Lieberman’s support should be welcome news for Dodd, who seems headed for a tight race. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the possible Republican challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, getting 43 percent of the vote and Dodd with 42 percent.

  47. AndersonScooper

    There’s your gratitude CT GOP.

    Are you going to support Lieberpuke again in 2012?

  48. Lieberman’s support should be welcome news for Dodd, who seems headed for a tight race. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the possible Republican challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, getting 43 percent of the vote and Dodd with 42 percent.

    welcome news?

    For a general, yes. But if there’s a primary… not so sure Joe’s endorsement helps. The interesting followup is asking Dodd if he welcomes Joe’s support.

  49. AndersonScooper

    In a general? With bloody whom?

    It ain’t going to help him with Republicans…

    It won’t mean much to moderates…

    And it definitely hurts Dodd with rank-and-file Dems, who can’t help but remember how cozy all these D.C. politicians have become.

  50. In a general? With bloody whom?

    😉

    I was being generous.

    Both long-time incumbents, both former POTUS candidates and… both below 50% approvals.

    Joe may help with independents though.

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