A Dodd Vice Presidency?

Posted by Mike Merritt in Election 2008, Politics on

Maybe, but maybe not.

The Journal Inquirer reported today the Chris Dodd was asked to supply some information to the Obama VP search committee:

The former White House hopeful and Connecticut lawmaker indicated that he has been approached by the campaign. “There’s been some inquiries, yeah,” Dodd said. “They ask for a lot of stuff. I’ll leave it there.”

Certainly Obama’s campaign has to search far and wide, or at least appearing to be doing so.  Dodd isn’t as well known publically, but he is a force to be reckoned with in political circles.  In some respects, he’d be similar to Dick Cheney whereas he’s not a public face, but might be effective behind the scenes, if Obama were to use him in the same way.  Dodd’s contacts in the Senate and House and elsewhere in Washington would be useful to Obama, who’s been criticized for lack of experience.  Dodd also has a long history on the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, and is the chair of the banking committee, so these things would be of use as well.

On the other hand, picking Dodd presents some risks.  If the mortgage deal Dodd got gets legs, he would become a liability.  I think Obama’s committee knows this, and will bide their time, whilst researching him otherwise.  However, if the allegations turn out to be a dud, Dodd could be back in the running.

Also, Dodd is very much a Washington insider.  He’s been in the Senate since 1981, and was in the House before that since 1975.  Picking Dodd could further damage Obama’s “change” message.  On the other hand, Obama can hardly afford to not pick somebody that has some knowledge of how Washington works.  As Cheney was George’s Bush’s Washington insider, Dodd would help on that with Obama.  Then again, so would many so many others on the speculated list of picks.

In the end, Obama has to look in every corner he can for possible vice presidents, so looking into Dodd is not so surprising.  So many other people have been looked into as well, so Dodd may not even end up on the short list.  Time will tell.

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