Skip to comments.To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal
Posted on 09/09/2006 1:10:22 PM PDT by RustMartialis
To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: September 10, 2006
WARWICK, R.I., Sept. 9 -- With a barrage of television advertisements and the mobilization of its get-out-the-vote machine, the national Republican Party has lined up to beat back a conservative primary challenge to the most liberal Republican in the Senate, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. The outcome on Tuesday could help determine whether Democrats have a shot at taking back the Senate.
In an extraordinary pre-emptive announcement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has said it will concede Rhode Island to the Democrats should Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston, defeat Mr. Chafee in the primary.
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Some bodies in DC need to be fired. This is the stupidest move I can imagine.
I want to hear from Ken Mehlman!!! Laffey is a FABULOUS candidate!!! Chafe was AWFUL in the debates and Laffey was Great!! NO MONEY TO THE RNC!!
And the GOP isn't just doing this in RI....
WTF?? A few years ago, I would have said there will be a back rom deal with Chaffee to kee him in line. I know today this is not true. What the hell are they thinking?
The problem is acute RINO-itis.
Then all of this foolishness would end.
Here's another example of this madness.
Run Steve, Run!
With the House and the Senate in play in this years election we need the RINOs.
Chaffee has his head up his ARSE, but we can't afford to lose his seat to the Demos.
RINO > MOONBAT
The wussification of the GOP. SAD.
Because RI is just about the bluest state in the country.It's *that* simple.
Not insane, they simply back the incumbant always....Not just some of the time.
It gives us control of the Senate. That is all he is needed for. The dem does not even give us that. Calculus is that Laffey will not win.
If the people pick the guy, even if he's unelectable or not (no idea, not from RI)... where do the (censored) RNC people sitting in DC get the *balls* to stick up a middle finger to every GOP voter in RI and say 'stick it'?????
I could see the RNSC telling him he wasn't getting any cash, but to CONCEDE a *Senate* seat?
I can't find any confirmation of this yet, but I can't imagine it's a false story.
That'sa what I'm doing. I stopped giving $1,000 to the RNC, and am now giving it to several candidates. Screw RNC!
I'm ok with them conceding Rhode Island if it means getting rid of Chafee. Let Laffey have the nomination then see what he can do. Chafee doesn't deserve a dime of RNC money. The only good thing he does is he doesn't engage in Democratic filibusters.
Sorry, but Laffey CAN'T win if Chaffee wins the primary! Once Laffey wins the primary he has a great chance to win!!
Chaffee is not a RINO! He is an IDIOT!
Chaffe is truly a "Republican In Name ONLY."
They're counting on him to hold his "R" senate seat.
I changed your headline back to the correct one. Do not substitute your own, ever.
That is the sort of thinking that gives I expect from Surrender Now Democrats, not Republicans. The Party has NO business being involved in a primary fight.
no, it is not insane. control of the senate may come down to the RI seat, and a pickup of a seat in NJ with Kean.
would you rather control the senate with these two members, or let the Dems have it?
Yes, the timing is interesting on this.
An assumption completely unproveable by any available data. The Party has no business being involved in a primary fight. Especially to save a seat that votes with the Democrats on everything BUT who controls the chamber. We can lose Caffee seat and hold the Senate. It is stupid for the RNC to waste time and money on a primary. They continually make these idiot Rockefeller Republican moves. IF we lose a chamber it will be because of the arrogant stupidity of the Republican Establishement who wants to be Democrat Party Lite. If it is a choice between a Democrat and a Democrat wanna bee, the Democrat will win.
If the Senate is 52R - 48D, then you don't need Chaffee.
If the Senate is 51R - 49D or 50R - 50D, then I wouldn't count on Chaffee to stay in the R column.
Very true.A practical example of what you're saying is contained in some stats put out by some leftist,atheist organization that rates Senators on issues that matter to them...stuff like the Boy Scouts and other issues that "unconstitutionally forces religion on citizens" (my words).
Here's a ratings list by that atheist organization of the Senate.Note that Reed (RI's democRAT Senator) gets a 100% (a perfect score) from the atheists and Chaffee gets only 40%.If a real democRAT is elected in RI,the state will have two Senators who rate 100%.
Good for you. We need more!!
the republican in CT is unelectable.
what the CT race can do for the republicans, with a Lieberman win, is to marginalize the part of their base that tossed him out of their party in the primary. that's the best we can accomplish in the CT race, so we might as well take what we can get.
Ah, so "To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal (RNSC Picks RINO over Conservative)" would be okay, right?
Or perhaps "To Hold Senate, G.O.P. Bolsters Its Most Liberal (RNSC prepared to concede RI unless RINO wins)"?
Sadly enough, it could be an improvement to the conservative cause if it was conceded.
Normally, I would agree with the pragmatic approach. But I ask you: Who would you rather the RNC and RSCC save -- Chafee or, say, Santorum?
If the majority is under seige, why don't we try to save those who are worth saving -- even if it means throwing the likes of Chaffee overboard?
Only if you take all your data from Democrat Talking Points. The fact of the matter is the Democrats have almost NO chance of taking back the Seate. They have to hit 100% and the Republicans ZERO for that to happen. This is more "We cannot win the Party at the Conventions so we will control who the canidates are" Rockefeller Republican Establishment thinking. If they lose a chamber, it will be because of this "Me Too Democrat Lite" posuturing by the RINOS. Rove showed you how to win. YOU do NOT try to suck up to the Left. They hate you and will never vote for you. You win by firing up YOUR base to show up. This "play it safe" dogma in the Beltway is a losing strategy.
For backing Chafffe, he's likely had to promise to keep the "R" behind his name.
Best to send the $$$ directly to the candidate of choice. The RNC is not much better than the DNC. BTW, do you know, in brief, or tell me where to look, to find the four hotly contested Senate seats...I need to make a few donations. Thanks.
Actually, I see both sides to this argument.
IMO the GOP incumbent should be given every benefit of the doubt. But not total. A tough call.
So is the conservative candidate in Rhode Island. So is Kathleen Harris in Florida. Shall we sell them down the river as well?
I like many others,I imagine, consider myself a lover of USA and Conservatism,and will do whatever Ican to advance the agenda of these core beliefs.Yet after campaigning and talking others to vote our way, we find ourselves with all aspects of Govt. Branches full of people we should expect to also advance this agenda,yet we`re asked to vote for people like this traitor;and we remain unfulfilled in what we beleive should be being done about these certain things(Build fence on borders Immediately and deport as many as possible),and what Should be done to FINISH this War ASAP,is it time for apathy?
Well, as it happens, I have a vote in this thing, and I'm plenty fired up for Tuesday.
But go ahead, vote-the-RINO-or-die people -- keep calling me names and pissing me off.
Ah good point. Plus Reagan's 11th Commandment.
Neither does Chafee.
And even if he wins, there's no guarantees he'll vote with the GOP on key issues.
Tell your party hack GOP bosses to stay out of the primaries. This is what primaries are for - cleansing and getting rid of liberal Republicans. If Chafee wins the primary, then yes, hold the nose. Until then, the national GOP has no business interfering in primary elections.
Demos do have a chance, and a good one, of taking the Senate. EACH contest could be the critical one. That's what makes this a tough call.
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