More on the Latest Chris Dodd Scandal

This from Dean Pagani at Media Attache:

One thing I noticed in the final months of the Rowland administration is; you can’t tell the news media what’s news and what’s off limits. Trying usually has the opposite effect.

Dodd’s op-ed, which alternated between being plaintive and peevish, ran in the Sunday Courant.

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10 responses to “More on the Latest Chris Dodd Scandal

  1. scanman1722

    The golden rule of “attack me but my family is off limits” in politics seems to be diminishing for several reasons:

    1. The 24/7 tabloid nature of news: those who call themselves “journalists” are looking for scandalous, NY Post-esqe stories more often then they are looking to sell philosophical, deep-digging articles.

    2. Working Wives: the Jackie Dodd’s/Michelle Obama’s/Hillary Clinton’s of the world are a rather new thing in politics – working women with careers that rival their husbands in terms of both income and prestige. Unlike the “smile for the camera while holding the kids” model of yesteryear, these women now have records that opponents can sift through to use against the candidates.

    3. Family-as-message: the family is no loger a token checkmark on a list of things a politician should have in order to be electable. In the 90s, Clinton tried to promote him and Hillary as “two for the price of one;” Sarah Palin and Joe Biden made examples of their kids fighting abroad and Palin used her daughter’s pregnancy to make a point about her pro-family, anti-choice dogma; etc. This opens the family up to criticism.

    I think Dodd’s article is strong. Some people have compared it to Muskie’s “cry heard round the world” but I thought this was the opposite. Muskie said “stop attacking my wife because it’s mean.” Dodd said “get your facts straight before you attack my wife.” There is a big difference.

  2. Bruce Rubenstein

    I agree with Scanman….now the entire family is fair game as far as reporting goes….which is ok by me.

  3. The golden rule of “attack me but my family is off limits” in politics seems to be diminishing for several reasons:

    Nothing about this scandal suggests that the entire family is “fair game.” With Dodd, the questions have arisen because his wife’s income has skyrocketed since they were married. In this case, questions are legitimate, because there’s the potential that Dodd has abused his power. This situation is similar to when some believed that Michael Rell should have been charged for possession of a stolen jet ski, and the Lt. Gov.’s office made a call (regarding a promotion examination) on behalf of the officer who elected not to file charges. Those who wondered whether there was a quid pro quo were right to raise questions, even though their concerns were later shown to be groundless.

    Questioning Dodd (or Rell) in those situations is very appropriate, because the chance that Dodd (or Rell) abused his (her) power reasonably seems real.

    Contrast this with the media’s bashing of Bristol Palin last fall, including Daily Kos’s insistence that Trig Palin was actually Bristol’s child. That wasn’t “fair game,” that was inexcusable, and Obama was right to step above that nonsense.

  4. AndersonScooper

    I thought the Dodd campaign made a mistake with that op-ed.

    And was Howser’s appearance on Shelly Sindland’s “The Real Story” initiated by the Dodd campaign, or was Howser there just to nueter Healy in something Healy had previously scheduled?

    “The Real Story — Howser v. Healy”

    At least we got to hear Healy reduce the contest to what will be its final inflection point: Healy says CT Republican Senator would work to block Obama’s agenda

    Bottom line, Healy is a real asshole for arguing that Jackie Clegg Dodd isn’t qualified to sit on a corporate board, when clearly she is.

  5. AndersonScooper

    Ouch!

    Shelly Sindland goes off. Which kind of makes Genghis’ point.

  6. Bottom line, Healy is a real asshole for arguing that Jackie Clegg Dodd isn’t qualified to sit on a corporate board, when clearly she is.

    How is it clearly so?

    Is it because she is clearly married to a senator?

    If not, why wasn’t she making that kind of money before?

    And, we does she have a company that has no clients or phone number?

  7. At least we got to hear Healy reduce the contest to what will be its final inflection point: Healy says CT Republican Senator would work to block Obama’s agenda

    Yes, and the Democrats will make their entire campaign about Obama, Bush , Cheney, Limbaugh, Nixon or anybody else but Dodd because if the campaign is about Chris Dodd and his despicable dirty dealings…he’s history, regardless of who runs against him.

  8. Bottom line, Healy is a real asshole for arguing that Jackie Clegg Dodd isn’t qualified to sit on a corporate board, when clearly she is.

    Scooper, if you want to run around calling people assholes,fine but then please explain, what is so special about you that doesn’t make you an asshole?

  9. arguing that Jackie Clegg Dodd isn’t qualified to sit on a corporate board, when clearly she is.

    I haven’t watched the interview, but read Dodd’s piece.

    I can accept that she’s as qualified as most people to be a board member, but I thought Senator Dodd’s argument that her financial experience made her qualified to be on an audit committee fell flat.

  10. Bottom line, Healy is a real asshole for arguing that Jackie Clegg Dodd isn’t qualified to sit on a corporate board, when clearly she is.

    Well, he does seem to favor the Yankees – and that *is* kind of strange.

    On the other hand, no one’s ever seen him wear a hat indoors which is of course the trademark of a real asshole.

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