Republicans in Washington think they may have found their man to pick up a Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010: Larry Kudlow, the former Reagan budget advisor, Wall Street economist and now CNBC TV news anchor. The Internet is abuzz with the chatter of a Kudlow for Senate boomlet, which has even hit the Drudge Report.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Kudlow confirmed to me that he did sit down for dinner with Senate Republican Campaign Committee Chairman John Cornyn "to hear him out on the idea."
Under normal circumstances, incumbent Democrat Chris Dodd would be as safe as any incumbent given how blue a state Connecticut is. But Mr. Dodd is now showing up in polls as highly vulnerable thanks to his sweetheart loan deal from Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo. In 2003 Mr. Dodd received two "Friends of Angelo" loans with below-market interest rates, which saved the Dodd family an estimated $30,000 on the life of the mortgages.Mr. Dodd has promised for months to reveal the loan documents, but last month it became clear the Connecticut Senator is trying to stall and whitewash the deal so he can get through next year's election. Pollsters are finding that voters are enraged by Mr. Dodd's cover-up.
Senate Republican strategists tell me that the likely theme of a campaign against Mr. Dodd is to label him "the politician most responsible for the financial meltdown." As Senate Banking Committee chairman, Mr. Dodd blocked Bush Administration efforts to crack down on excessive risk at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose mortgage securitization process hugely benefited Countrywide's subprime loan schemes.
Mr. Kudlow, who has long had a home in Connecticut, would seem to be the ideal candidate to oust Senator Dodd. Mr. Kudlow would come to the race with very high name-recognition, the capability to raise lots of money in a hurry, the rare communications skills to sell a pro-growth Ronald Reagan message, and a winning charisma and style (he used to do Cadillac commercials). "I'm first and foremost an old-style Reaganite," Mr. Kudlow tells me.
If he ran, he would be the best spokesman in Congress for supply side economics since Jack Kemp left the House 20 years ago. Right now I would guess that the odds are against his jumping into the race, but a clear voice for economic growth and lower taxes is exactly what is badly needed in the Senate today.
by Stephen Moore
The Wall Street Journal
Political Diary Online
Friday, 27 February 09
Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro
is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago,the moon)
because he was not born of TWO PARENTS
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth. His father was a citizen/subject
of Kenya/Great Britain.
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