Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg begins a recent article titled “The Most Vulnerable Senator up for Re-Election in 2010?” with this: “Move over Jim Bunning, you have company.”
The article goes on to make the case that U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, will “have the fight of his life next year when he seeks his sixth consecutive term in the Senate.”
Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
Rothenberg writes: “Coverage of Dodd’s special treatment from lender Countrywide Financial — and his designation as a “friend of Angelo” — has blanketed local media, severely damaging Dodd’s standing in a state where Democrats hold better than 2-1 majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature, hold all of the Congressional seats and haven’t lost a U.S. Senate race since 1986.”
Ironically, the major bright spot for U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., was his early and acerbic criticism of federal regulators and their attempts to bail out the banking industry. If you’re not up-to-speed on Bunning’s many foibles, click here.
– John Stamper