The Dodd Retirement

This has been a bad day for Democrats in terms of retirements: Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter are bowing out. And now several news sources are reporting that the latest to step aside in 2010 will be Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd.

Dodd often tapped Hollywood for campaign cash, including for his 2008 presidential bid, and has counted among his friends Lorne Michaels of “Saturday Night Live” and singer Paul Simon, who went out on the campaign trail for him.

But lately Dodd, following the revelation of a questionable loan he took from Countrywide Financial, has been a target, and faced an uphill fight for re-election, possibly a well-financed challenge from World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon. But some of the most withering criticism came from the left, in the form of Michael Moore and his movie “Capitalism, A Love Story,” which chronicled Dodd’s relationship with former Countrywide chief Angelo Mozilo.

Tonight Moore tweeted the news: “One CT senator down, one to go.”

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