Yes suree bobby ... the GOP vultures and sharks are circling in CT (with 4/2/09 UPDATE)


Has not been a good week for Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut (one of two of my Senators) and as I might suspect the CT GOP and GOP at large must be salivating at the notion that they may actually have a chance to win the next time Dodd runs for office.

Dodd's polls were down even before this week's AIG debacle, uh no ... uh yes ... but it was them, I mean talk about a meltdown before your eyes, even Chernobyl didn't go as quick.

In an article from the Associated Press posted about five hours earlier than this posting ....

While Dodd, 64, has only recently found himself in the nation's political hot seat because of his role in the AIG bonus debacle, it has become clear that his issues with voters back home have been festering for two years. The AIG controversy appears to have exacerbated his popularity problems.

"His numbers started to fall two years ago, and it had nothing to do with the economy," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "It's been a cumulative effect that has brought him down."

Dodd's decision to move his family to Iowa to campaign for a doomed bid for president, his initial refusal to release documents of his two controversial mortgages with Countrywide, criticism of how he financed a vacation cottage in Ireland, and now his involvement as Senate Banking Committee chairman in the bill that ultimately protected bonuses for executives at insurance giant AIG have all taken their toll.

Dodd's job approval numbers in this traditionally Democratic-leaning state of 3.5 million people have been dropping consistently, poll after poll. His rating dropped from 60 percent job approval on May 10, 2007, to 49 percent approval on Feb. 10, 2009. His numbers jumped to 49 percent in a March 10 poll, but that was conducted before the AIG controversy surfaced in the news.

I've always found it fascinating how sharks smell blood in the water and to watch vultures circle overhead.


 UPDATE 4/2/09

An article  in the Danbury News-Times shows just how bad Dodd's poll numbers have gotten according to a new Quiinnipiac University Poll. In all examples of matchups, Dodd loses by substantial margins to GOP opponents.

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