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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chris Dodd: Tammany Hall's senior senator

Tammany Hall's senior senator

Dodd, whose Countrywide Mortgage deal was in the news, has been trying to laugh the story off (after all, he's a Democrat, so that sort of thing doesn't count, doesn't it?). But some from his party aren't as keen,
Perhaps the most biting commentary was written by Democrat David Kahane, a National Review Online columnist whose lasting impression of Sen. Dodd is "his shock of white hair, his vaguely New England-ish accent, his hazy demeanor and his utter lack of shame."

"I know you're as shocked as I am," Mr. Kahane told his readers, "to discover that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Countrywide) has been identified as a 'Friend of Angelo,' amid charges that the Enron of subprime mortgages gave him a sweetheart deal. ... You're probably also stunned that Dodd — the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and the alleged other half of the Edward Moore Kennedy Memorial Waitress Sandwich — had to admit the other day, 'I don't know what interest rates are today.'"

Moreover, he wrote, "it will no doubt astonish you to learn that Dodd, who some say ran for the Democrat nomination for president this year before his campaign collapsed from terminal anti-charisma, along the way shook down — excuse me, 'collected millions of dollars in campaign contributions from' — various subprime lenders and other real-estate types whose activities he oversaw.
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