More on the CT Sen — Dodd's Dream Candidate

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.

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19 responses to “More on the CT Sen — Dodd's Dream Candidate

  1. 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.

    I didn’t know Michael Jackson could give a good stump speech. I bet that’s the first time Tom Foley has ever been referenced in the same sentence as the “King of Pop.”

    Solid post, Vincent. I concur with all of your points. I’m glad candidates who can self-fund are interested in running for political office in CT. We could certainly use more office holders with extensive private sector experience. That said, they should all take a page from the playbook of State Senator L. Scott Frantz and run for the state legislature or municipal office first. It helps build credibility, gives them political experience and combats the notion that they are simply running because they can.

  2. Vincent, welcome to the site as a front page contributor!

    I don’t know if its just my computer, but there are some weird things going on with line spacing in your post. Theres a lot of space between paragraphs, and almost no space between lines in the paragraphs.

  3. … first time Tom Foley has ever been referenced in the same sentence as the “King of Pop.”

    You’ve never seen Foley’s Moonwalk that’s all.

  4. I don’t know if its just my computer, but there are some weird things going on with line spacing in your post. Theres a lot of space between paragraphs, and almost no space between lines in the paragraphs.

    God Bless you!
    I thought it was one of my prescriptions.

  5. I don’t know if its just my computer, but there are some weird things going on with line spacing in your post. Theres a lot of space between paragraphs, and almost no space between lines in the paragraphs.

    Fixed the spacing issue. Welcome to the fold, Vincent.

  6. Democrats are going to be in big trouble in 2010. Obama continues Bush’s war policies upsetting his base, the economy continues to be in decline and Obama’s ratings are sinking like a rock. (see Ohio)

    When 2010 rolls around, Democrats will be running against their own party. Blaming Bush won’t work because the electorate will take out their frustrations on the party in power. Translation= Big Republican wins in CT and the nation. The reverse Bush effect is coming to the Democrat party and it won’t matter what Republican runs against Dodd because…they will win.

  7. Peter Schiff for Senate

    Last night, on Peter Schiff’s weekly podcast “Wallstreet Unspun,” Andrew Schiff (Peter’s brother) announced that Peter has formed an exploratory committee and that the official campaign website has gone live. A donation button will be added tomorrow (today). Andrew noted that any donations recieved, will be refunded if Peter decides to run. The exploratory website is http://www.schifforsenate.com.

    All signs are pointing to this race becoming a 4-way race for the Republican nomination – And I can’t wait!

    Peter Schiff for Senate!

  8. AndersonScooper

    Okay Vincent, I’ll bite. Better than Foley??:

    A. The 67 year old loser who attended the Norwich Tea Party and looked like a whack job? You know, the guy the National GOP passed on. The guy whose voting record doesn’t sit well with the strongest of your base.

    B. The young guy Caligiuri who is half-way through his third year in the State Senate? The person with such strong support among the base that he raised all of $125,000 out of the gate. (Whoa Nelly!) The guy whose social views line up with the FIC?

    Or C., Peter Schiff, the guy who has never voted and wants to abolish the Fed, (or at least sell a lot of books yapping about his nutty economics.)

    Which one of those three is Dodd scared of?

  9. Hi all:

    Thx for the comments, everyone, it’s a nice welcome. I’ll work on the line spacing, promise!

    As for AndersonScooper, hey, I’m not privy to Dodd’s private fears, but he is worried about the “67-year-old”, trust me. He knows how to read a poll. The other guys? We’ll see what develops, put it that way. I’m not exactly endorsing anyone, I wa sjust commenting about one candidate.

    BTW, my math tells me Simmons is 66, FYI.

    As for the Dems in 2010, they are all in Dodd’s boat — if Obama’s prescriptions start to work, i.e., we actually start to add a few jobs a month amd GDP goes positive for two quarters in a row, and foreclosures start to fall, and health care reform gets through, Dodd (and the Dems nationally and here in CT) should do OK. If the current malaise lasts into Q1 2010, and health care gets bottled up in the “public-option” (Dodd et al) vs. “private option” (Lieberman et al) Dem feud, the GOP should gain about 30 seats in the House and 4 or so in the Senate. Senate won’t go that way, as too many GOPers are retiting, but it’ll hold off any losses, put it that way.

  10. Which one of those three is Dodd scared of?

    Dodd shouldn’t be scared of any Republican, he needs to be scared of the CT voters that now regard him as corrupt and self serving. ANY Republican beats Dodd!

  11. A. The 67 year old loser who attended the Norwich Tea Party and looked like a whack job? You know, the guy the National GOP passed on. The guy whose voting record doesn’t sit well with the strongest of your base.

    Geez Scooper, I would think if Simmons voting record doesn’t sit well with “the base”, he would earn praise from you! Let me see if I got this right…. you take shots at Simmons because he votes with the Democrats and yesterday, you took shots at McKinney because you claim he votes party line.

    Scooper, I think I’m actually starting to understand you.

  12. AndersonScooper

    You guys crack me up!

    Instead of dreaming about a revolution that isn’t going to happen, why don”t you open your eyes and acknowledge how resoundingly Connecticut voters have rejected the Republican Party?

    The only thing that would worry us would be if you ran an “Obama-kisser”, which you won’t do.

  13. Historically speaking, Scooper, Republicans have done best in the Northeast after an overreach by the Democrats, not after some imaginary “revolution.” Lets’ see…try to repeal the death penalty…raise taxes during a massive economic downturn…use the courts to alter the marriage laws…nationalize the health care, banking, insurance, and auto industries (from DC)…sounds like a bit of an overreach to me. Thus, no revolution is needed for the Republicans to do OK in 2010. The Dems simply need to continue to overreach.

  14. Instead of dreaming about a revolution that isn’t going to happen, why don”t you open your eyes and acknowledge how resoundingly Connecticut voters have rejected the Republican Party?

    Yeah, Connecticut voters would never support a Republican… and certainly not “resoundingly”:

    Do you take yourself seriously?

  15. Vincent, welcome aboard! It is exciting to see a fellow Catholic University graduate blogging at CTLP. What did you study? I’m Class of ‘06 in Philosophy.

    I agree with you whole-heartedly about Foley… he’s the guy Dodd wants to run against most.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  16. Mr. Reality

    Is it ever going to warm up?

  17. AndersonScooper

    Yeah, Dodd most wants to run against the guy who can easily raise $10-$20 Million, who has no voting record, who is young and attractive, and who’s only flaw is his connections to both the Bush and Reagan regimes?

    Yeah, that’s who he really wants to run against!

    Let’s be clear folks. What’s going on is that the decision-making here is being taken away from CT’s party insiders. The big boys of the National GOP fraternity are stepping up and saying “Foley”, and in a major way. (If they wanted Simmons, he’d have raised $1.5 Million, and this thing would be all but over.)

    Now if you want to get a sense of how weak the CT Republican Party really is, check out the fundraising totals of the likes of Bernier, Daly and Caligiuri.

    With the opportunity of a lifetime, Sam Caligiuri, the darling of the CT GOP, could only raise $125,000? That’s pathetic.

    So no wonder the big boys think that they get to pick the candidate against Dodd. They should, since it’s their money…

  18. Let’s be clear folks. What’s going on is that the decision-making here is being taken away from CT’s party insiders. The big boys of the National GOP fraternity are stepping up and saying “Foley”, and in a major way.

    I doubt the local Republicans care. The issue is that they hate Dodd, not that they love any of these characters. The NRSC could drop Lowell Weicker off at a rest stop on I-91 with $20 million in a bag and they’d take him back. Heck, if Dodd offered to switch parties they’d probably be thrilled to run him.

  19. AndersonScooper

    What happens next quarter?

    Simmons has grabbed all the low-hanging fruit, and I doubt he’ll be able to match his take from Q2.

    Foley on the other hand will be gaining momentum, and I fully expect him to raise $1 Million plus.

    Simmons must be fuming about the Greenwich millionaire who’s about to steal his chance at a Senate seat.

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