My friend Jonathan Kantrowitz is a loyal advocate on behalf of Chris Dodd, and it will be surrogates that may yet persuade angry voters that Connecticut’s senior senator is the goods that can bring home the goods. But Dodd has a lot of work to do.
Dodd’s cratering in public opinion polls is not exclusive to Connecticut. Other senior Washington insiders face the same challenges. A combination of things have contributed to his mess, in particular voters who were hurting when they thought he was benefiting. I don’t think Dodd will be successful alone by trotting out a proposal a week to win back the electorate. He needs to connect what I’ve done for you with what I’ll do for you.
If you live in Bridgeport, or for that matter anywhere in Connecticut, can you think of one thing in 30 years that Dodd did for you in Washington? One thing? Can you name two things? What has he done for the state’s largest city? I’m willing to listen.
The latest poll by www.rasmussenreports.com mirrors other polls surveying Dodd’s standing with the electorate. Name a Republican, any Republican, and Dodd’s in trouble with each one. Ouch! Sometimes the electorate shuts down on a pol and there’s not an electric shock on the planet that can revitalize his standing. I don’t think Dodd is there yet. The two leading Republicans former Congressman Rob Simmons and former WWE chief executive Linda McMahon will not be bashful ripping each other to pieces on the way to the GOP nomination. But that won’t be enough to rehabilitate Dodd.
If I’m running a campaign for Dodd I’d trot out regular folks that can look into a camera, proclaim on the radio, scream from the mountain tops what Dodd did to help them. If he does enough of that to sway independent voters he’ll survive. If not, I understand he’s got a nice place in Ireland waiting for him.
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