Dodd is down in the polls, but a health care reform victory might help voters forget that he is a paid tool of the banking and credit card industries. Alternatively (and callously), this would maybe be a good opportunity for Dodd to step aside and not seek reelection and still save face? (Of course, this is a guy who moved his who family to Iowa before the presidential primaries and then finished sixth. But still.)
Obviously we wish him a speedy recovery.