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Thank you, Chris Dodd

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Sen. Chris Dodd’s sacrifice for his party appears to have paid off, big-time.

There’s lots of meat in three new Quinnipiac polls for Democrats and the Obama administration to consider. In a nutshell, the polls show Chris Dodd did Democrats a huge favor by bowing out of the Connecticut Senate race, which now appears to be completely out of reach for Republicans, and they show that while voters like Barack Obama much more than they did George W. Bush (who they mostly blame for the current state of the country) they are disappointed with Obama’s performance on national security, the economy and healthcare. The poll seems to indicate that Obama’s low overall ratings (he’s at 45-45 approval/disapproval) stem as much from deflated ratings among Democrats as from almost universally negative ratings by Republicans, and negative-trending ratings among Independents. Oh, and Connecticut voters hate Joe Lieberman (then again, who doesn’t?)

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