James Pethokoukis

Inside Dodd’s financial reform bill

March 15, 2010

A few thought on the Dodd bill:

1) The key to the consumer finance piece is how much influence regulators have in rule creation. Giving some final veto power to the systemic risk council with a two-third vote is a joke. Would never happen.

The Dodd Effect: 2010 starts great for Wall Street

January 7, 2010

Washington just got a little more welcome for Wall Street. The retirement of Christopher Dodd, the Democrat from Connecticut, probably hands the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee to a friend of the industry in 2011. It also improves the odds of a weaker version of financial reform passing Congress in 2010 — if anything passes at all.

Can the GOP still take Connecticut?

January 6, 2010

A 30-point gap against a popular politician is a steep hill to climb. But my great pal Larry Kudlow makes the case:

New poll shows Blumenthal big favorite for Dodd seat in Connecticut

January 6, 2010

From Public Policy Polling:

Chris Dodd’s retirement has shifted one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable seats to one of their safest. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Monday and Tuesday, before Dodd made his announcement, finds Attorney General Richard Blumenthal with leads of 30 points or greater against all three Republican candidates.

The impact of Dodd’s Senate departure

January 6, 2010

Some talking points/analysis on the  Chris Dodd retirement

Makes it more likely Ds keep CT Senate seat, but also a sign of voter discontent with incumbents. Welcome to the U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal, who says he will run.

Dodd financial reform bill underestimates populist anger

November 11, 2009

The instant analysis on Senator Christopher Dodd’s aggressive financial reform plan is that it’s more about getting him re-elected than getting a bill through the Senate.

Dodd vs. the White House on financial reform

September 21, 2009

Well, this is going to  be fun. Chris Dodd is headed toward a tough reelection campaign. So he stays at the head of the Banking commitee instead of moving to Health since a) that is where the action will be in 2010 and b) it is a great place to raise tons of money. He wants a non-Fed superregulator while the WH wants the Fed in that role. And now the Blue Dogs are cooking up their own reform plan. The whole thing will be at the epicenter of a white-hot lobbying campaign. And then there are the personalities; Dodd, Frank, Bair, Bernanke, Geithner. The politics are every bit as treacherous  as those of healthcare.

Why Dodd should stay on the Banking Committee

September 2, 2009

It certainly looks as if Senator Chris Dodd, at least, isn’t too big too fail. The powerful Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the Banking Committee trails his likely 2010 Republican opponent by nearly 10 points in polls and can’t even crack the 40 percent level, an ominous sign for an incumbent.