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Is Dodd Doomed?

One year ago, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut was aspiring to the presidency. Now, he’s holding on for his political life. A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Dodd trailing former Representative Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50-34. Only three in ten voters have a favorable opinion of Dodd, including just 50 percent of Democrats. Ben Smith at Politico suggests President Obama save the Democratic seat while letting Dodd save face by offering him a high-profile appointment. He suggests Ambassador to Mexico, which could work, given Dodd’s habit of showing off his Spanish during the presidential campaign.