Big news out of our friendly blue state to the south: Senator Dodd is going to announce today that he’s not running for re-election. Talk about a fall from grace — Dodd went from one of the most popular and safe Dems to the one probably the most likely to be ousted in 2010.
Unlike the Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) retirement announcement, which was both a surprise and a big blow for Democrats (since the seat will likely flip to the Republicans), Dodd’s retirement virtually assures that Connecticut will retain a Democratic Senator. With the news that state AG Richard Blumenthal will run for the seat, the seat moves from the second most likely Democratic seat to flip (after Dorgan’s) to pretty safe.
The other interesting development that this leads to is that — assuming Blumenthal wins — the race to challenge Lieberman in 2012 is again wide open (Blumenthal was already making moves to challenge Joe). Who will step up to challenge Lieberman? Will it be one of the Reps., particularly Chris Murphy? Will Ned Lamont get another crack at him?