Matt Browner-Hamlin discusses the issue on his blog Hold Fast:
I know that Senator Dodd would want nothing more than for his dear friend Ted Kennedy to be healthy and driving healthcare reform himself from HELP (ed: Kennedy’s "Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions" Committee). But Dodd’s leadership in his absence has been tremendous and it’s good to finally see it recognized, if even in passing, by the Times (ed: NY Times article).Sen. Dodd and the rest of the Democrats face a tough battle getting the legislation enacted. Republican obstructionists have sworn to oppose any attempt to pass meaningful health care; and pseudo-Democrats like Sen. Joe Lieberman have even gone beyond simple obstruction and vowed to block everything the Senate does unless they capitulate to his dearest wish, which basically protects those responsible for making the systematic torture of prisoners of war a matter of official United States policy!
I think a landmark piece of healthcare legislation that includes a public health insurance option will pass this year. And when it does, its passage will only have been possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of Senator Chris Dodd to improve the lives of all Americans by ensuring they have the healthcare they need and deserve.
Sen. Dodd faces all that, along with the specter of a vastly watered-down bill resulting from the feeble and inept Senate leadership by Sen. Harry Reid, who will likely go down in history as the weakest and lamest Majority Leader the Senate has seen in the modern era.
But we can all take heart in knowing that Chris Dodd is a fighter who will never back down from the catcalls of the opposition, and who indeed seems to gain strength from those who try to detract from the true business of the Senate, which is to serve the people of the United States.
Here's a reminder of what Sen. Dodd's job is:
Sen. Lieberman's job, apparently, is protecting war criminals! Shameful.