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Sunday, October 21, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Play of the Day: Dodd moves to Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd will have a new pitch to Iowans: Vote for a neighbor.

The Connecticut senator has rented a house in Des Moines, where he and his family will live until the caucuses in January. Dodd and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two daughters, 6-year-old Grace and 2-year-old Christina.

I suppose that if one if going to be there constantly, one might as well have a place to crash and have he family nearby, rather than numerous states away. Still, this move makes two thoughts pop into my head:

1) It shows Dodd’s desperation concerning the nomination, as he knows his only hope is to win Iowa and somehow use it to propel himself into the first tier of candidates. This also indicates his basic delusions about his own chances to win much of anything. Indeed, in the latest Des Moines Register poll he is at a whopping 1%. He is tied with Dennis Kuchinich, for crying out loud. Why anyone at that level in the polls thinks that there is even a chance of a respectable showing, let alone a big enough win to make one viable in New Hampshire and beyond, is difficult to fathom.

2) This shows the insanity of focusing on a specific state to start the primary season. The notion that a major party candidate could even have a chance of catapulting from obscurity to centrality because they wooed the voted of one small state makes no sense at all, democratically speaking.

Oh, and a third thought just occurred to me: I wonder what the people in Connecticut think of all this, given that he ostensibly represents them in US Senate.

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