Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

He doesn't have as much money as other challengers.  His Google News alerts won't overwhelm your RSS readers. Even here, his progressive credentials and bold leadership are often overlooked.

But, those of us in campaign headquarters would have you believe a whole heck of a lot can happen between now and January.  We'd also attempt to explain Senator Dodd is right on the issues you care about:  Restoring Habeas Corpus, a Corporate Carbon Tax, and more.  In short, we'd tell you he is the best man for the job.

But whether you know it or not, his impact continues to be felt in the Democratic Presidential Primary and on the issue all of us care so deeply about: Iraq.

The Nation's John Nichols wrote a great piece today about the impact the campaign has had so far this cycle.

It is a very good thing, indeed, that Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Dodd is far from a frontrunner. But he is a candidate with stature and a decent campaign treasury, and he is willing to use both those assets to pressure the top-tier contenders, New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama, to do the right thing.

That's what happened this week when Dodd, who has worked hard to position himself as an anti-war contender, purchased television ads in early caucus and primary states to trumpet his support for Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from in 120 days. [...]

But the Senate Democrats who would be president have, as a group, take an anti-war stand that is far more in keeping with the sentiments of the American people than most of official Washington yet understands.

That's good for the party and good for the country. And it is unlikely this would have happened without the timely intervention of the candidate is moving the Democratic race in the right direction: Chris Dodd.  

The entire piece is a very short read, and I hope you follow the link.

But also, I hope today, at 1 PM, you'll give Senator Dodd a chance to tug at your ear during his townhall meeting about Iraq in Des Moines, Iowa.

The campaign will stream the event live at the campaign website, and you can even watch on your computer from right here inside this MyDd diary.

I hope you will.

And I hope you'll recommend this diary so others can share as well.

You and I have been through a lot of wars together, online.  Down in Batavia for Paul Hackett vs. Jean Schmidt.  Connecticut for Lamont/Lieberman.  And now I'm proud to work for Senator Dodd's Presidential campaign.

There's plenty of time, and I hope you'll give him a chance.

Starting today.


Tags: Chris Dodd, Iraq, Live Stream, Primary (all tags)



Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

If Obama and Clinton were responding to any candidate, they were responding to their chief competitor, Edwards, who called on them to support Reid-Feingold.

Still, I appreciate Dodd's leadership on restoring Habeas Corpus. He's my third choice after Edwards and Obama.

Tim, how do you acccount for Dodd's failure to get traction in the netroots? He got like one percent in the latest Kos straw poll, less than Gravel and Clinton, and tied with Biden?

by david mizner 2007-05-18 08:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

I like Dodd and his positions on the issues and it is good that he is in the race.

I think the disadvantage he faces is that he is running in an election cycle that is dominated by the superstar candidates. I would not rule out movement for him at some point. Richardson   came out of nowhere in NH to be nearly within MOE for third place with Edwards so a lot can happen.

by robliberal 2007-05-18 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?


Have Dodd do some liveblogging and buy up some blogads. They will help him a lot in the netroots. IMO. Also he should respond to DFA.

by Populista 2007-05-18 11:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

IF Gore doesn't throw his hat into the race, Dodd and Edwards are, as of right now, the only two I'd consider supporting.

by NYPopulist 2007-05-18 11:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

Dodd is, regrettably, a very experienced and engaging candidate in search of a signature issue.

I certainly think he's a credit to the party, but it's hard to see him making any impact if he doesn't do more to distinguish himself from the pack.

by Steve M 2007-05-18 01:36PM | 0 recs
Why does everyone have to run for President?

What is wrong with just being a really good Senator?  Clearly there are other candidates who are more interesting to the general public.  It is blatantly ridiculous that his candidacy has any effect on Obama and Clinton doing the right thing.  Frankly, to suggest so is pretty egotistical and insulting.  Obama & Clinton don't need him to be their moral compass, and if they did, staying in the race only clouds that from our eyes.  I wish all the vanity candidates would get out so we can have meaningful debates instead of a collection of sound-bites.

by dougdilg 2007-05-18 02:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Dodd Second Choice After Edwards

I like Dodd.  I think he is level headed on many fronts.  But I'm a pragmatist.  Dodd is a NE'ner. He needs to compete in NH to stay alive in the race, otherwise, he cannot do it without the NE.   I think he needs to distance himself more from Clinton and illustrate why he is a better, more experienced candidate who can lead our country.

by benny06 2007-05-18 03:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?


Dodd is the only candidate in the single digits in his home state polls.  I like him, I like his views, I just don't think he's the candidate that "clicks" for me this time.

by Vox Populi 2007-05-18 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Why Is Chris Dodd Even in This Race?

Good question. Dodd is NE liberal senator so the chances he win the GE election (should he get the nod) are around NILL.

But Dems are geographically challenged and cannot comprehend the electoral map of the past decades nor the following facts: a sitting senator has not won the presidency since JFK (Dodd is no JFK), the only Dems to win since had executive experience and were from Red and Swing states.

Honestly, I have no idea why Dodd is in the race. His campaign seems focused on money more than anything else, which is sad. CT is the wealthiest state in the country, but all I read from the Dodd campaign is their pride at all the money their raking in from CT richest. The longer Dodd stays in, the less I respect him.

by caiside 2007-05-21 12:19PM | 0 recs


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