Torrington’s Register-Citizen offered a tough rebuke of President Obama today for endorsing Sen. Chris Dodd’s re-election “unquestioningly”.
From the editorial:
It’s interesting to hear that President Barack Obama has already decided to support Chris Dodd in the senator’s reelection bid. Obama, after all, campaigned as an outsider, with the mantra of “change” as a continued refrain. Dodd, whatever the voting public thinks of him, represents the opposite of change, a senator for life, as inside as they come.
Aside from poor writing, the editorial highlights a key point about President Obama’s strong endorsement of Sen. Dodd. Mr. Obama ran on a platform of rejecting “politics as usual”, while Senator Dodd remains the poster child for it. This being the case, why would the President turn around and endorse Dodd?
The Register Citizen points out the motive: unadulterated party politics.
One would hope that Obama’s “change” would extend to members of his own party. The president, in his so far short time in office, has presented himself as something of an aisle-reacher, a bridge-builder. His unquestioned support of Dodd, however, speaks more to party politics than to bridge building.
At some point in the near future, inevitably, President Obama will come to Connecticut and stand on a spring lawn somewhere in Fairfield County to talk about how valuable Senator Dodd is in Washington, D.C. He will appeal to the attendees to help finance the Senator’s re-election campaign and eliminate the problem of Dodd having only five Nutmeg State contributors. The President will speak fondly of Mr. Dodd and emphatically advocate his re-election.
No one will talk about the irony of the moment, but there it will be.