Editorial: Christopher Dodd bows out

The Norwich Bulletin

Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has abandoned his presidential hopes and will soon be returning to the U.S. Senate to resume the job he was elected to do in 2004 — representing the citizens of Connecticut.

For many, it’s about time.

Polls during the last year clearly indicated he had little chance of succeeding in winning the Democratic nomination, and his decision to move his family to Iowa late last year did little to impress those here in his home state. Although he dismissed the polls, in the end, they proved to be far more accurate in gauging his support among early primary and caucus voters.

But that’s not to say Dodd wasn’t making any impact on the campaign trail. There were numerous reports of potential voters wanting to hear what he had to say, and high praise from many of them regarding his position on the issues that mattered most.

He made a strong sales pitch, but just couldn’t close the deal.

Dodd threw his hat into the ring a year ago this next week, saying he wanted to be part of the national discussion about the important issues facing the country. He wanted the opportunity to offer his solutions to those problems. He felt strongly his experience was an asset and what this country needed most at this critical point in time was an experienced leader.

In that sense, Dodd succeeded in being part of the discussion and offering solutions.

He said prior to Thursday’s Iowa caucus he had no regrets for his decision to run. Nor should he.

And he acted responsibly in deciding to quit the race when he did, within an hour of the caucuses closing and with the realization his message wasn’t connecting with voters.

There will be those who will continue to argue he should have come to that conclusion well before the Iowa vote, and they might be right. There will be others who will maintain he never should have ventured into the race in the first place, and that will continue to be a subject of debate.

Dodd has served this nation and Connecticut well for more than three decades. He has been a voice of reason when needed, and an advocate for children and families, and working men and women. When he returns to the Senate, we expect he will continue to be an advocate on those issues he deems important, and continue to lend his voice to the national debate on how best to solve the problems facing the country.