Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:43:27 +0000 – By Dan GainorVice President, Business Media Institute
Apparently, lying has a cost -- a financial one. I'm referring to Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, who famously lied about protecting the AIG bonuses. As the New York Post put it, he "denied creating a loophole to protect the whopping bonuses doled out at AIG." Now he seems to have almost no support in his home state of Connecticut. Dodd has received less than 1 percent of his money from his own state.
When people like Dodd can still fill a campaign war chest despite local disinterest, we've moved from oligarchy to idiocracy.But this is Washington and that might not matter. He's still collected more than $600,000 -- the rest of the cash from out-of-state supporters who probably want special favors. This report is ironic, coming just two days after 750 tea party protests that complained about size of government and corruption in Washington. Even liberal residents of the Constitution State will have a hard time kicking out the powerful Dodd despite the fact that clearly few of his constituents support him.
When people like Dodd can still fill a campaign war chest despite local disinterest, we've moved from oligarchy to idiocracy.
Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Fellow and Vice President of the Media Research Center's Business Media Institute. His column appears each week on The Fox Forum and he can be seen each Thursday on Foxnews.com's "Strategy Room."
Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.