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Before last night I’d never given a second thought to Senator Chris Dodd. Boring and flavorless, the white-haired presidential hopeful had been a non-factor in every debate I’ve watched, a hackysack for the other Democratic candidates to kick around. He was a nonentity, the dull guy from Connecticut whose name I could never remember because even that was unspectacular.
Nothing about Dodd distinguished him from the pack. There was no authentic aura accompanying him at the podium, or brazenly innovative ideas hiding up his sleeve. His only redeeming trait, actually, was his ability to make other candidates to look good. Maybe that was his function all along, to be the beige background that illuminated the top-tier candidates, so that Hillary would seem candid and Obama spontaneous.
When I heard that Dodd was slated to appear on the O’Reilly Factor, my first thought was to feel sorry for him. The show’s domineering pundit, Bill O’Reilly, who had mastered the art of intimidation interrupting. I figured O’Reilly would bully Dodd for the entire segment, reducing his guest to a bystander and then gloating about it afterward to his pseudo-celeb sidekick Dennis Miller. (more…)
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