O’Reilly was up in arms over a “hateful picture” posted on the Web site depicting President Bush and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, ID-Conn. in a compromising position. O’Reilly asked Dodd why he would attend the blog’s annual gathering, the Yearly Kos convention in Chicago, last weekend rather than distance himself from the site to support his fellow senator.
Dodd responded that Daily Kos expands the political debate, creating a forum for over 500,000 visitors a day. “You ought to be far more candid with your viewing audience here and tell them your real objection here is the ideology of Daily Kos, not what’s on the site,” Dodd said.
He added that “a lot of the things you say on a daily basis are vile, in my view.”
Also Tuesday, Dodd unveiled a plan to increase access to higher education. The Associated Press reported that Dodd wants to cut student loan rates, but also provide free education at community colleges. His plan calls on splitting the cost between national and state education funding, but is contingent upon every state agreeing to it.
Finally, in the Aug. 13 issue of Newsweek, columnist George F. Will sympathized with Dodd, writing “The chairman of the banking committee is amusing, experienced and a plausible president. But because of candidate clutter, he is competing for crumbs of time during the endless purgatory of the misbegotten and misnamed ‘debates.’”
Will also imparted some campaign advice upon the senator: “If, however, Dodd distills his anger into a message about how a swollen presidency threatens the constitutional balance between the two political branches of government, that message might resonate.”
On the campaign trail, Dodd is scheduled to visit New Hampshire this weekend, where he will attend a Fisher Cats minor league baseball game before heading back to Iowa next week.