Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Man of the Week: Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd. Finally.

To be clear, "man of the week" does not imply that Dodd has done anything good this week, it simply means for the time being he is one of the most important figures in American politics. In fact, Dodd is at the very center of the debate in Washington over the proposed $700 bailout to try and correct our struggling economy. 

As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, it is Dodd's responsibility to lead the questioning of Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson—the Federal Reserve and Treasury heads that are looking to push the bailout through Congress as quickly as possible. 

In some respects, a large part of Dodd's reputation rests upon his leadership of the Committee and how he balances the demands of immediate action from President Bush and responsible decision-making on the bill that many Democrats want. Should Dodd allow Paulson to walk into his Committee, sweet-talk Congress into passing the proposal, and giving President Bush exactly what he wants.

Thank heavens for C-SPAN3!

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