Chris Dodd’s Dream Opponent
No matter who the Republican nominee is next Fall, it will be tough to beat Chris Dodd, laden with cash and joined to the hip with Obama as he will be for the next 16 months. But from the looks of his resume, one candidate for the GOP nomination must have Dodd’s team salivating. Seems to me Tom Foley is the wrong man in the wrong race.
Why? Three reasons. First, Dodd is only vulnerable because his “good-guy” reputation was tarnished by getting into bed with some smarmy Wall St. types. Foley’s background? Wall St., venture capital, etc. Guilt by association leads to the “pox on both your houses” problem, combined with the age-old “devil-you-know/devil-you-don’t know” problem. Foley would be the latter, his years in finance giving Dodd plenty of cover. Plus, another of Dodd’s problems is that he’s seen as too much of an insider. But Foley has been a major political apparatchik for some time, as we shall see, voiding yet another powerful issue against Dodd.
Second, I heard him speak at the state GOP conference in 2004, and let’s just say he is not exactly Michael Jackson on the stump. Crickets could be heard during the speech.
Third, his first major foray into government was as an assistant to Coalition Administrator Paul Bremer in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. You remember those years: the bungled aftermath of the war, the looting, the scenes of people sweltering with no food, water or electricity, and the eventual chaos and counter-revolution in Fallujah and Sadr City that came to epitomize what a vast majority of Connecticut voters despised about the Bush Administration. Yes, all of that was brought to you in part by Tom Foley, a major Bush fundraiser, pal, and crony. Remember, John McCain is well-liked here in CT, yet Obama crushed him by 23 points. Why? Simple — our state HATED Bush. Who appointed Foley to the Iraq nightmare, as well as his post in Ireland? That would be George W. Bush. Can you just see the attack ads now?
Let’s face it — Dodd could not PAY to find a better opponent. To Republican primary voters: the chance to gain a Northeastern seat comes but rarely Please choose wisely.