Laffey Picks Up Another Endorsement

by Mike on February 9, 2006

in Politics

National Review has endorsed Steve Laffey in the Rhode Island Senate race. This endorsement adds tremendous credibility to an already fledgling Laffey campaign. National Review was instrumental in the rise of modern conservatism. Back when our ideas were out of the mainstream, William F. Buckley created an intellectual arena for conservatives to exchange ideas and spread the message about the virtues of limited government, lower taxes and a strong national defense. The environment created by National Review helped pave the way for such giants as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

National Review enjoys its superb reputation because of the ideas it espouses. The magazine does not support candidates just so its political party can win. It is about implementing ideas. The endorsement of any publication alone should not be the sole factor in determining who to vote for but when National Review speaks, conservatives listen. Steve Laffey’s message will be heard during the primary. It will be up to Rhode Island Republicans and independents to do right thing. Vote Laffey!

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Ryan February 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm

As it turns out, I was going to give some money to the NRSC, led by Liddy Dole. Upon careful reflection, I decided against it because some of that money will go to Chafee. Until they choose to support a real Republican over a RINO, I can’t send them money.

Support Steve Laffey and Tom Kaine for New Jersey Senate through their own campaigns, not the national one.


The Iconoclast February 9, 2006 at 2:41 pm

FYI, you can actually earmark the money to go somewhere else. It’s just a shuffling formality, but it would get your point across and send a message to the NRSC.

Generally, it’s always better to give to specific candidates than parties. Campaigns will be more responsive to any questions you send their way and will almost always “appreciate” it more than larger, party orgs.

I’d also implore you not to forget the little guys running for state rep and town council. Those guys are the Republican farm system and truly need the cash.


noonan February 9, 2006 at 8:25 pm

Isn’t Kean (NJ) really just another RINO? Why should we care about him? How is he going to be better than Chafee, who this site is devoted to ousting?


Sal February 10, 2006 at 7:24 am

Kean would definately be better than Chaffee. He may be a more moderate Republican (and we’ll call him on it when he is), but he supported Alito, he’s generally in favor of lower taxes, and will be a huge improvement over Menendez or Corzine before him.

If we took out all the Moderate RINO’s in the Senate, we would end up being the minority party for years. Kean has a record of a moderate, more in the vein of Lindsy Graham or John McCain. Chaffee isn’t even a Moderate, he’s a liberal. He has consistantly voted the wrong way on the War on Terror, Taxes, and now on Judicial nominees. He can’t be counted on in any circumstances, and that is why he must go. The difference between the Chafee and Kean races as well is that there is a better alternative in the Chafee race, Steve Laffey, who could win. In the Kean race, it’s either Kean or Menendez. And I’d take a moderate Republican over an extreme left liberal any day.


Mike February 10, 2006 at 11:33 am

I think a distinction should be drawn between moderate Republicans and RINOs. A RINO is what is says “in name only.” Moderate Republicans are Republicans who will occasionally break ranks due to some deofrmity in their worldview.

I think we need to emphasize that in terms of RINOs, Lincoln Chafee is in a league of his own. Even Arlen Specter and the Bobsey twins occasionally shows some redeeming qualites.

Though this site does not appreciate moderate Republicans, we recognize the pragmatic reasons for having them on board. We’d prefer to implement implement 75 percent of our agenda for the time being rather than moving left 100 percent of the time. Kean will support us more than he won’t and will vote for a Republican majority in the Senate. Chafee gives us one vote every two years.

I’ll support a moderate to defeat a liberal if there is no viable conservative. I certainly won’t support a liberal over a viable conservative, especially in a Republican primary.


Ryan February 11, 2006 at 1:40 pm

I agree with Mike on this one. There is definitely a difference between the moderate, weak-kneed Republican and the RINO only running as a Republican to avoid spending money in a primary fight (read Chafee).

Note: Here in New Jersey they don’t pronounce Kean like “keen,” but rather “cain,” so I apologize for my quickly written misspelling of a hopeful New Jersey Senator!


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