Republicans scratched their heads in dismay when Dedalus announced his availability for Dodd’s seat.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, never one to shy from a camera -- having waited what was for him a decent interval before Dodd’s corpse, metaphorically speaking, had been trundled off the stage, a mere two hours – jumped into the race and later made an appearance of Fox News the same day as Dodd’s valedictory.
As usual, Chris Powell at the Journal Inquirer got it right:
"Congressional Democrats couldn't wait 12 hours to let Chris Dodd announce his own retirement from the Senate. They leaked it in the middle of the night as if, after his 35 years of loyal service to the party, they couldn't get him out of the way fast enough or thought he might change his mind.
"And Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal couldn't let Dodd have the spotlight for more than two hours. Instead, as soon as Dodd made his announcement, Blumenthal rushed to face the cameras to announce his own long-simmering candidacy for the Senate -- as if there would have been any serious competition for the Democratic nomination had Blumenthal waited the decent interval of a day or two.
"Dodd will spend his last year in office enacting a fantastically expensive, bureaucratic, and probably unsustainable national medical insurance scheme. But maybe it's the thought that counts; it would be nice if people whose children have cancer didn't have to finance their medical treatment with bake sales while the government writes blank checks for crooked investment banks and imperial wars. History will decide whether the nice thought outweighs crashing the national economy and the world financial system."