By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
When Connecticut Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced plans to run for retiring Sen. Chris Dodd's seat, it was one more in a string of political hits for none other than Richard Nixon, Blumenthal's one-time boss. If elected, he'd join a small club of former Nixon aides turned senators that includes Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Elizabeth Dole, who formerly represented North Carolina. Former Nixon aide Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution says that if Blumenthal wins, as expected, "What White House, other than Richard M. Nixon's, produced three United States senators? I wish I had put down a small bet on that trifecta."