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Dodd Family Decamps for Iowa

Reinforcing the import of Iowa to the Democratic presidential race, the family of Democrat Chris Dodd is moving to the state for the duration of the caucus campaign.

Chris Dodd and Family

Chris and Jackie Clegg Dodd with daughter Grace in a 2004 file photo. (AP)

Jackie Clegg Dodd and the couple's daughters -- Grace, 6, and Christina, 2 -- will move into a rental house in Des Moines this weekend, Iowa campaign spokeswoman Taylor West confirmed today. Clegg Dodd is already in Iowa, where she will speak at the Polk County Democrats annual fall dinner tonight.

"We want our family to be together as we talk to as many caucus-goers across Iowa as possible -- to talk about why Chris is running for President and what separates him from the field," said Clegg Dodd. "Chris and I believe this election won't be won on TV. It will be won around kitchen tables, in firehouses, at backyard cookouts, by neighbors knocking on doors. It will be won face-to-face."

The decision by Dodd's family follows a similar decision by the campaign earlier this month to part with some staff and move the vast majority of those remaining to Iowa for the final stretch drive.

According to West, Dodd now has 72 paid staffers in Iowa and 11 field offices. All of that activity so far has not translated into movement in the Iowa polls. A recent Des Moines Register survey showed Dodd at just 1 percent, the same amount of support longshot Dennis Kucinich garnered.

Dodd's advantage over the other candidates in the second tier is money. He ended September with $3.9 million in the bank, well ahead of Joe Biden -- $1.9 million on hand -- who appears to be the other serious second-tier candidate in the race.

Speaking of Biden, he already has moved the vast majority of his campaign braintrust to the state in hopes that a stronger-than-expected showing will catapult him into contention.

What's the upshot of all of this attention for Iowa caucuses? It's possible that the amount of time and money Dodd and Biden plan to spend in the state could further fracture the vote -- meaning that one of the big 3 of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards could well win the Democratic caucuses by taking somewhere between 30 and 35 percent of the total vote.

That happened in 2004 when John Kerry won the Democratic caucuses with 38 percent -- one of three candidates to take a double-digit percentage -- and went on to sweep to the nomination.

Given the intense focus on Iowa, Democratic campaigns clearly believe Iowa will once again be the key contest of the nominating calendar. Stay tuned.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2007; 2:50 PM ET
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Does the King of Zouk have a small penis? I can't think of anything else that would cause him to be so derogatory to women and insolent about listening to other points of view. Come on, then Zouk, shut your mouth and stop typing for a minute and get out that ruler and let inquiring minds know, 1" or 2"?

Posted by: JacksonEuler | October 22, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info, Mark -- mine loves math, physics and computers/machines, so would like to be an engineert. Here's hoping...

Posted by: drindl | October 20, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

99th gets the brass ring, but 95th gets "commended", I think. No money, but desirable to lots of colleges. Of my 4 adult kids, 2 of the girls did well with this.

The '91 HS grad was NMS and took the best financial deal - 5 yr free ride with stipend including a year in Europe [at Okla]. Her degree is in Anthro but she does research for a marketing firm in Bath, UK.

The '03 HS grad was "commended" and began her college with an NROTC ride at UCLA in Chem E. She finished in Chm at TX and is now a chemist. Had a couple of semesters at UT with partial academic scholarships paid by Pfizer. Still works out 6 days a week and counts some young Navy officers as her best friends [her "brothers"]. She is not sad that she eventually opted out of the Navy, but still counts the experience in NROTC very highly.

If your daughter likes sci-tech, I have seen that women are especially valued at engineering schools. She may be getting the mail from RPI and Case and CalTech and GaTech already. If she likes biology, she might be able to score more scholarship aid in bioengineering. And because you are on the East Coast, she might be more interested in "Ivies" than my kids were.
All three of my girls were only interested in sunbelt public midsize-to-large universities.

Girl engineers get a much better shot at getting into Princeton in any given year than girl creative writers. Also for biology lovers: Cornell's Forestry and Ag schools are "public" - an inexpensive way for a New Yorker to get an Ivy degree.

Gleaned from fairly recent experiences for us; but may already be out of date.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 20, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

National Merit Qualifying, Mark, she's a junior this year. She did the practice last year and scored in the 95th percentile, which is certainly fine, but she has to get in the 99th percentile, I beleive, to qualify for the scholarship. It's all new to me... not like when I was young, far more pressure.

Oh, brave new world...

Posted by: drindl | October 20, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"Practice" PSAT or National Merit Qualifying?

Hope she scores well, in either case.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 20, 2007 7:44 AM | Report abuse

And this too, for you, Mark in Austin... I'm off to drive my daughter to take her PSAT... why in god's name it would be this early i can't imagine...

'Senator Dodd's campaign communications director Hari Sevugan tells me that $150,000 in small contributions have poured into Dodd's campaign in the past 24 hours, since his announcement that he will put a hold on--and may even filibuster--a foreign intelligence surveillance bill approved yesterday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Dodd objects to a provision that would grant immunity to the telecommunications companies that turned over their customers' phone and e-mail records to the government's warrantless surveillance program. The companies have been hit with 40 pending lawsuits charging them with privacy violation.
Dodd has raised more small-dollar contributions in the last 24 hours than he did in the previous month. Sevugan also says the number of visits to his website is up tenfold, as is the number of people registering their e-mail addresses there.'

Posted by: drindl | October 20, 2007 7:26 AM | Report abuse

'The rhetoric got hotter with every paragraph. "It is unconscionable that such a basic right has been
violated, and that the president is the perpetrator," Dodd said. "I will do everything in my power to stop Congress from shielding this President's agenda of secrecy, deception, and blatant unlawfulness."

Assuming the bill clears the intelligence panel, where debate continued this evening, the next stop is the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it could well run into problems. Assuming all goes smoothly, the legislation could hit the floor in mid-November, although senior Senate aides said late November or early December is a more likely time frame.

Whenever that big day comes, Dodd -- as the keeper of the "hold" -- must return from the campaign trail to officially block debate on the bill. That entails standing around on the Senate floor, forcing procedural votes, avoiding the furious glares of colleagues who don't share the same concerns. The standard duration of such showdowns is about a week -- time that Dodd, who is trailing badly in early primary polls, can scarcely afford.'

Shaliegh Murphy does his or her [I don't know] pipsqueak pundit's best to heap scorn on Dodd's effirts to protect the Constitution. But hey, what do pundits care about BS like our constitutional rights?

Posted by: drindl | October 20, 2007 7:23 AM | Report abuse

It's best to ignore kingofzouk. He acts a little bit funny to get attention. It gets boring living in his Momma's basement, you know. ;)

Posted by: con_crusher | October 19, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

response to: (kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 03:10 PM)

Btw, Einstein...Many talented and successful people never even finished college--or high school for that matter. Degrees and high grades aren't an indicator of intelligence; in fact, that's what makes NCLB so problematic.

Posted by: con_crusher | October 19, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

response to: (kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 03:10 PM)

American President George W. Bush has the IQ of a rock. What's your point? You're a little bit funny.

Posted by: con_crusher | October 19, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

'all I can offer you is that Lib men act like women and Lib women act and look like men. Why is that?'

Are you talking about Larry Craig, and Mark Foley, and Ted Haggerty? Or perhaps Ann Coulter? Now there's a gal with testerone that any man would envy... including you, of course, zouk, little chickenhawk that you are...

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Look at the democratic candidates and the r candidates. That is all the reality you need to know about diversity and tolerance. Or in the gop's case, their racism sexism and fascism. your party is done zouk. I know you are not so lost you do not know this. You would have to be lving in a cave to think the gop is not going to get swept out of power compleatly. How did you get power in your cave to blog?

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"It has nothing to do with being a woman. typical Lib pulls the victim card when confronted on actual issues"

Like rush. Like coulter. Like o'reilly. like the entire republcain government, ie attacking a 12 year old sick child, attacking a 2 year old. Attacking a bj. you are a funny fascist zouk. only dittoheads buy it. Your wasting your time.

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

aNYONE NOT a gop slave, drindl. that's who they hate. A clone or "evil", in their eyes.

Keep up the attacks on gore. You like to say "bush/rush aren't running. YEt you attack gore. You show your fascist hypocricy. Just as your whole movement has the last month. America is not a nation of dittoheads. Only clones/slaves are buying your people's garbage. To the rest of the world you people are a national joke. Play time is almost over. Your party is going the way of the whigs. enjoy your irrelevance. Don't hurt your own coutnrymen, anymore than you already have. Choosing party over country is treason. I will make you aware of that some day. Obviously laws rules and reality have no bearing on you fascists. But they will come 08. Your time is almost up. Enjoy your ratings and money, amoungst your selves. In 08 it's all you will have left. The coutnry will be ours, once again. As it rightfully has always been. you stole it with lies spin discrediting and misdirection. The american people now know what time it is. Your party is done as a result.

If you want someone to blame. Look in the mirror

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with being a woman. typical Lib pulls the victim card when confronted on actual issues. It has to do with you being a spiteful, nasty, tempremental fool with delusions of importance and effectiveness. It is based on your total irrationality and avoidance of facts and your blanket assumptions about motivations being evil for anyone who disagrees with you.

I called you a smelly old hippie, which I am sure is quite accurate, except, hippies are nice and loving and tolerable. you aren't.

If you realy want to talk about sexual stereotypes, which Libs love to do and Rs don't, all I can offer you is that Lib men act like women and Lib women act and look like men. Why is that?

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

'You must wonder why Ann Coulter is a millionaire while you
wallow in self-pity and anger. We don't.'

Ann Coulter is a millionaire because she spews hate and bigotry and vitriol, for which there is a big market among people like you.

As for the folks who pay me to write, they include left-wing bastions like Verizon, American Express, and The Economist.

And what was it that you said you did for a living, again? I don't believe you've ever mentioned it, strangely..

And 'proud' yet another attack on me. You folks really hate women, don't you? It's sad to see anoother woman attack me--for the crime of being middle-aged. It's gonna happen to you, baby -- I hope you enjoy being called a 'hag'. You con gals really hate yourselves, don't you? 'old liberal hags'-- you vipers have outdone yourself wiith your bile today.

Is there anyone you don't hate?

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to the Stossel "Gimme a Break" report this weekend, where he points out a few flaws in Gore's logic re: CO2 levels rising and temps rising. Funny thing, his charts don't mention the 100 year gap between the two.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 19, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Week old rooster. yup. like drindl (aka Claudia?). more testosterone than their male counterparts at a certain vintage.

Conservative women have a visceral opposition to those old liberal hags, even if they tend not to talk about it.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 19, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Dr Mondo - we are trying to fix the problems - the terror problems caused by clinton 1, the tax problems, the regulation problems, the hollowing out of the military problems, the social security problems, the education problems, the foreign policy problems..... and on and on

All we get from your side is empty promises or non-answers. hillary doesn't like wire-taps unless it is during bimbo eruptions. hillary doens't want to privitize social security but she will do the same thing with 401ks and call it something else. hillary wants to win the war, unless it gets hard, and then she wants to quit, unless it will cost her votes and then she...Oh I can't figure it out either. Hillary wants to give 5000 bucks to every child, unless someone asks where the money comes from, then nevermind. hillary wants to socialize health care unless someone calls it that, then she renames it partial privitization except...Oh I'm confused again. but don't bother asking her. No answers available.

And BTW, I studied Einstein and let me assure you, al gore is no einstein.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Proud - I get a big laugh evertime the Libs try to fall back on the personality smear of Rudy - that he is a gay loving transvestite, because he dressed like a woman once or twice. seems good-natured to me. and gay loving is only good for Libs, Rs need not apply.

Meanwhile their candidate dresses like a man every day and tries to act as tough as one too. But as Peggy notes, she is too tough. Like week old rooster. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

funniest yet, If hillary wins and they manage to hold congress, we will have an all effeminate leadership - Clinton, Reid and Pelosi.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The mor ei learn about you people the more i am scared for your elderly and children. Rush is educating people now? I say fascist reeducation. Sad day. Rush get's out of hot water with bribes. What else is new, right gop?


"The foundation released the following statement on acquiring the letter:

"The Eugene B. Casey Foundation believes freedom of speech is a basic right of every citizen of this country. Their purchase of the smear letter was to demonstrate their belief in this right and to support Rush Limbaugh, his views and his continued education of us."

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk, just give it up. You remind me of a person with borderline personality syndrome. They only feel better when everyone around them is as miserable as they are. You championed a retarted boy-king who mucked up the country and now you can't face the facts. Just sit down, shut up and get with fixing the problems instead of trying to point out the shortcomings of Democrats and "Liberals". If it weren't for the damage caused by idiots like you these past 7 years you'd be entertaining.
By the way, what did Einsstein get in math? a D?....

Posted by: drmondo | October 19, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Senator Dodd's wife is probably his best asset. She's well spoken, smart, and quite a bit more likeable than her husband. Come to think of it, I like all of the D wives better than the actual candidates.

As Peggy Noonan has noted, "That {Hillary}is a woman is a boon to her, a source of latent power. But to make it work, she has to seem like a woman."

Hillary recently quoted Eleanor Roosevelt: "Women are like tea bags--you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water."

But Noonan notes, "Mrs. Clinton is the tea bag that brings the boiling water with her. It's always high drama with her, always a cauldron--secret Web sites put up by unnamed operatives smearing Barack Obama in the tones of Tokyo Rose, Chinese businessmen having breakdowns on trains after the campaign cash is traced back, secret deals. It's always flying monkeys. One always wants to ask: Why? What is this?"

The question, actually, is not whether America is "ready" for a woman. It's whether it's ready for Hillary.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 19, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Colbert 'run' risks breaking law

By: KENNETH P. VOGEL | 10/19/2007 08:36 AM
The Comedy Central star's declaration for the presidency is raising some potentially serious legal issues."

the republcians sure have a lot of nerve. Breaking election laws? Are they insane? how many elections laws have the shreded since 2000? What laws HAVE the republcains obeyed?

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

God is Love. God is guilt. GOD IS HOPE.

God is in us in the form of these things.

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

'not much work for a dried up old smelly hippie anymore, is there?'

LOL-What passes for 'ideas' and 'intelligece' with the embittered caricature that is zouk.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Do you rthing Obama. God Bless

"Dear Friends,

Like most Americans, you know we need a new direction in this country.

The end of the Bush-Cheney Administration will be a major step in the right direction. But it will take more than a change of parties in the White House to repair the damage they've done.

George Bush and Dick Cheney have turned special-interest politics into an art form, but they didn't invent it. It was there before they got to Washington, and if you and I don't stand up and challenge it, it will be there long after they leave.

We need to turn the page on that kind of politics.

Cast your Democracy for America endorsement vote for change now:

The people who benefit from politics as a game are counting on you to walk away. But I need you to get involved.

I'm not just asking you to trust in my ability to change this country -- I'm asking you to trust in yourself, in your own instincts, and in your own sense of possibility.

I'm asking you to bet on us, on our capacity to do what previous generations have done -- to lift our sights, to join together, to forge a better future for our children and grandchildren.

Everywhere we've gone we've seen huge crowds hungry for change. We saw 10,000 in Iowa City, 20,000 in Austin, 20,000 in Atlanta, and nearly 25,000 in New York.

These crowds tell me that when it comes to what's wrong with this country, the American people are not the problem. The American people are the answer.

Join us:

In the face of the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics, I believe a movement of ordinary Americans can change our country.

Hope and change are not just the rhetoric of a campaign for me. Hope and change have been the causes of my life.

In the face of a politics that's shut us out and told us to settle, I believe we can be one people, reaching for what's possible, building that more perfect union.

I hope you'll join me.

Thank you,

Barack Obama

Sorry no link

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

On the Republican side, the news from the Long-Shot candidates involves a Thompson campaign announcement that this week's campaign event will involve pandering to the ironically named 'Values Voters' of the party's theocratic base. No hints thus far on what next week's event might be. Anonymous insiders have implied that the former Senator doesn't care for fall-color tours or the crisp morning air found in Iowa and New Hampshire this time of year, prompting analysts to guess the Senator will visit Hilton Head island for some well-deserved rest.

Posted by: bsimon | October 19, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not quite sure how Dodd thinks he can make inroads via the Iowa caucuses... don't forget the 15% viability. Without 15% support in the caucus for a candidate, those supporters have to go somewhere else.

What is more likely is that Dodd, Biden and Richardson play the role of spoilers, with their supporters moving toward Clinton, Obama or Edwards.

One small ray of light for Biden, in the 3rd quarter Biden outraised Dodd. Still would like to see Biden succeed, but....

Posted by: Truth_Hunter | October 19, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Tim Starks of Congressional Quarterly reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring the Senate's surveillance bill up for floor debate in mid-November. That's despite the hold that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) plans to place on the measure -- something first reported by Election Central's Greg Sargent.

I'm a bit confused here. This just doesn't happen. So I chatted with someone I know with extensive Hill experience, who said:

"I can't think of one time when Harry Reid went around his own. It's just not normal for a leader to do that to his own side. Sometimes you'll go around Republicans, sometimes they'll use holds to be "spoilers," but that happens to the other guy. You just don't do it to one of your own."

why though? What's in it for reid and the democrats? I don't get it. Is it money. i know rockefeller is paid off. It's what time it is? money is BRIBING these democrats to back off bush and the telecom industry.

your government in action ZOUk. fascist sell-out's. Two differant sides to the same fascist coin. Sad day in america. Without punishment, bush is setting presedence. Is that what WE want as a nation. Is this how the government should run? If not people need jail time. otherwise it will only get worse. Is that what we want. Do we wnat the government to get better or worse?

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse



lose lose

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Who knows the full extent of this Dodd fisa move? I heard he put a hold on it, dut to the retroactive telecom impunity. But Reid is pushing it through anyway? Why and how?

Why are the dem's doing this? Why are they throwing their leverage out the window? It will be impossible to give bush the jail time he deserves if they do this. Why would they, and what are they getting out of this? to me it's a loss loss.

Posted by: RUFUS11_33 | October 19, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid's Rush-and-I-don't-agree-on-much-but letter makes a small man look even more shriveled. Rush is matching the highest bid for the Reid/Kennedy/Dodd/etc letter, so right now he'll be writing a personal check for somewhere north of two million bucks. He has invited the Senate smearers also to match the highest bid. Like so many commissars from the people's party, Harry Reid is a wealthy man. So are Ted Kennedy and most of the other 41 Democratic Senators who signed the letter. If they won't match it individually, why can't they pony up 50 grand per?

Well, yes, I know, Senator Reid is the guy who tips his doorman at the Ritz-Carlton with campaign contributions...

Mark Steyn

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

drindl - are you the new ignorant coward? Or were you always? don't you have some communist propoganda to edit? Or a protest march to attend?

not much work for a dried up old smelly hippie anymore, is there? but I always thought hippies were nice. what happened?

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

OT, but the Family Research Council held a meeting today with the R candidates...

'At the FRC gathering today, Fred Thompson approvingly quoted the words of one Andrew Roberts, a right-wing British 'historia' who has been hosted at the White House by President Bush and has dined with Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove -- and whose writings are quite literally an apologia for 19th and early 20th-century imperialism, concentration camps, and massacres of indigenous peoples.

Roberts, for those of you who don't know, was described in a New Republic article six months ago as "a man with links to white supremacism, whose book is not a history but an ahistorical catalogue of apologies and justifications for mass murder that even blames the victims of concentration camps for their own deaths."

This is your GOP today, folks. These people call themmselves 'christians.' But then, so did the Good Germans.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I've got to say, I don't quite understand the motivation. 1%? How exactly are you going to get to the first tier from 1%? Coupled with the fact that Democrats are fairly content with their candidates, at least more than Republicans, so I don't really see a whole lot of movement possible. Realistically speaking, is this to raise his profile for a veep nomination, maybe?

Posted by: Jenn2 | October 19, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to look at Dodd again too, J. His stand against domestic warrantless wiretapping impresses me -- since he's about the only one with a spine on this issue. A blogger I know with a decent sized site told me he's raised $11,000 for Dodd the last couple days, from small donors. Not a huge sum, but attention is being paid. Maybe he can move the needle.,,

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It's all about appearances, and Dodd and Biden know they have virtually no chance unless they can make something happen in Iowa. They know they have to make it look as if they're actually serious about Iowa. Of course, they have maybe a 1 in 100 chance each of doing anything that'll extend their campaigns past Iowa, but that's more chance than they have if they give up on Iowa.

Posted by: Budikavlan | October 19, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

For the most part, I agree with you, Blarg.

What I'm waiting to see is whether the hold Dodd has put on the Senate's wiretapping bill will translate to support in the primaries. If not, he's toast in spite of his $4 mil.

But he did successfully set himself apart from his Senate colleagues (including Presidential candidates): he demonstrated that he has a spine.

Dodd has never been a favorite of mine, but he moved up a notch in my book.

Posted by: J | October 19, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If New Hampshire's primary is moved to before the Iowa caucus, as is rumored, that's going to ruin everybody's plans.

I wonder why nobody is focusing as strongly on New Hampshire. It's a smaller state, so campaigning is more affordable, and many of the candidates are from the Northeast to begin with. I'd expect Dodd to try to parlay his New England roots into an advantage in NH, but it looks like he prefers Iowa. Doesn't matter; he's got no chance.

Posted by: Blarg | October 19, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore Got a D in Natural Sciences at Harvard
The environmentalists' new messiah, AlGore, received a sophomore D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118 his senior year.

Our hero, that scientific genius. His movie got about a D- more fact content too.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 19, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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