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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 09:30 AM
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4. Dodd...A Victim Of Beltwayitis
Or maybe Beltway syndrome...once someone gets ingrained in that culture they lose touch with where they came from. Some, like Spector and Joementum feel that since they've served so long they are entitled to their seat. It's a ticket to the best drinkie-drinkie parties, the A-List on teevee shows and a ton of ego stroking and deal making. This is what took Dodd down.

While I got to know Dodd a little better in last year's primary and liked the guy (not enough to support or vote for him), he became cozy with those he was elected to regulate and oversee. He also was a stalward of the beltway status quo as it was disappointing seeing how poorly he supported Ned Lamont in '06. As Joe notes, be blew his credibility with his dealings with the banks and insurance lobbies...and has the sense to call it quits (and probably head to a nice cozy "consultant" gig) and not try to satisfy his ego in a bruising election year.

The goal in the next several elections is to clear out even more of those with this syndrome...away from the lure of the lobbyists and high rollers who have turned running for the Senate into a big money game. Sadly those inside the beltway see the big contributors as more important than the voters as without the $1 or 5 or 20 million to buy TV time and "visibility", the voters will pay no attention to them.

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