Lincoln Chafee Post-Mortem

by Sal on November 10, 2006

in Politics


Mike, Ryan, and myself, having grown up in Rhode Island, are very familiar with the legacy of the Chafee family and Lincoln Chafee in particular.

Lincoln Chafee is stinging from his defeat in the Senatorial election, and blames the Conservative wing of the Republican Party for his defeat in an interview in today’s Providence Journal. Chafee is now contemplating switching parties, and a possible run for governor. Chafee finally comes out and says what we knew all along; Lincoln Chafee is a Rockefeller elitist Republican who has utter disdain for the direction his party has gone.

Lincoln D. Chafee yesterday said a lot of people had been coming up to him “and saying, ‘We’re sorry you lost, but glad the Congress switched’ ” from GOP to Democratic Party control. Asked if deep down, despite his personal disappointment about the outcome of Tuesday’s election, he felt the same way, Chafee looked into the TV cameras and said: “To be honest, yes.”

Well Linc, you got your wish. You will not be missed. Good riddance.

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Ryan November 10, 2006 at 9:43 am

He couldn’t have it both ways– keeping his job as a Republican in a Republican controlled Senate where a chairmanship or more rank could have been available.

That’s what you get when you are effectively a Democrat running as a Republican. The conservative base of the state party was honest in their support for Laffey because Chafee had betrayed the party on so many issues. Chafee’s mad that his party acted like his party does. Well, tough ****, Mr. Chafee, you should have thought of that before acting like such a dufus. Governor Carcieri proves that being a real Republican in Blue RI can still lead to victory (twice!).

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Chris November 10, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Lincoln Chafee is a prime example of what happens if you run from the conservative base of the Republican Party…you lose. If he does leave the party, I won’t miss him.

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