Well, I did it; not only am I backing Chris Dodd for president, I gave him a campaign contribution 5 minutes ago.
Chris Dodd has a good head on his shoulders an international perspective. He has a lot of legislative experience and is trustworthy. He also was a Peace Corps volunteer. He had 2 great interviews on Charlie Rose , and now Charlie Rose has agreed to host once a month conversations with Dodd and another candidate about the issues.
Yesterday on Charlie Rose, Dodd talked about his father’s experience as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. Dodd quoted the amazing quote from Robert H. Jackson:
The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated. That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.
Dodd’s failing is that he has too much legislative experience and not enough charisma or fund-raising ability. Isn’t it interesting by the way that candidates for the Democratic Party tend to come from the Senate. That has been considered the kiss of death for presidential candidates, but this is the first year that all of the candidates are Senators. That may be a blessing in disguise because it familiarizes politicians with consensus and compromise and lobbying and a global perspective. With state governors you just have too much parochialism, too much “Why can’t America be more like Texas” kind of thinking.
I shouldn’t give the impression that I don’t like the other Democratic candidates. Clinton is a skillful politician; Obama is a skillful rhetorician and consensus-builder; Edwards is a skillful orator and advocate for the common man. Chris Dodd is the man with the most international perspective and actually the least partisan of them all.
Of course, I already know who I’m voting for president in 2008: I’ll be swapping my vote with an independent so he/she will vote for a Democratic candidate in a battleground state.