Perhaps my faith has been at least partially restored. Dodd announced today that he has early-stage prostate cancer but that he will continue to seek re-election in 2010 (as perhaps the Senate's most endangered Democrat) and will continue to keep up his busy schedule as a top Senator on both financial regulation and health care. That's all to be expected since they caught the cancer early. What really impresses me is this: Dodd said the cancer was diagnosed over a month ago and that he knew about it during his committee's mark-up of the health care bill in June but never said a word. He could have used his cancer as a political tool or emotional sideshow, but decided he didn't want the debate to become about him. In politics even more than normal life, that's admirable. Welcome back, Senator Dodd.