Saturday, February 17, 2007

Breakfast with presidential candidate Chris Dodd

Analysis by Todd Morehead

Early Saturday morning Mac’s on Main is overflowing with local Democrats. Over at the buffet line people crack jokes, shake hands vigorously and slap each others backs while the major players in the local Democratic party hang to the side in blue suits sipping coffee from Styrofoam cups and talking among themselves. On the other side of the front window, a homeless man in low slung red sweat pants bends deeply to examine some form of detritus on the sidewalk before shuffling on, while a local television news affiliate prepares for a live feed.

Everyone is awaiting the arrival of Sen. Chris Dodd who, along with Sen. Joe Biden, recently called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds. But when Dodd arrived and took the stage at Mac’s he stuck to the party line, calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq and stressing the importance of improving the country’s public education system. Barack Obama said the same thing at his Friday rally. So did John Edwards at a recent book signing in Columbia. Doubtless Hillary Clinton will echo those sentiments at her Allen University town hall meeting Monday.

But, Dodd did stray from the party line at least to address issues like predatory lending and President Bush’s recent abrogation of Habeas Corpus.

The current chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Dodd called for stricter regulations on predatory lending and vowed to “go after credit card companies, too.”

The senator’s Web site features a large banner calling for the reinstatement of Habeas Corpus and he announced to the breakfasting Democrats that on Tuesday he introduced a bill to restore Habeas Corpus protections to detainees that will also limit presidential authority to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions.

After his brief talk, Dodd took a few quick questions before flying back to Washington, D.C. to attend a rare Saturday session with the Senate. Democrats, now in control of the Senate, called the emergency session for a procedural vote to advance a nonbinding resolution criticizing President Bush’s plan to boost the number of U.S. forces in Iraq.

“But I’ll be back soon,” Dodd said. “You’re going to be sick of seeing me down here


david said...

there is a growing grassroots movement to restore habeas corpus and repeal the military commissions act

join the project at:

also watch the youtube video there, Guantanamo Unclassified, that Adel Hamad's lawyers released, and the blog post by Brandon Mayfield, the lawyer wrongfully incarcerated for the Madrid bombings, who is challenging the Patriot Act in court

Comrade O'Brien said...

Attention Comrades,
We've been protesting the MCA longer than Dodd!
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