Skip to comments.Chafee's Perfect Record on Judicial Filibusters
Posted on 09/11/2006 4:12:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
On Tuesday, the GOP primary in Rhode Island pits Sen. Lincoln Chafee against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey. Whatever else may be said about Chafee, he has been a very reliable vote against obstructionist filibusters of judicial nominees. He's voted for cloture all 25 times (see details below the fold).
According to Rasmussen, Chafee has pulled to within two points of Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse in his bid for re-election (i.e. 44% for Whitehouse and 42% for Chafee). Whitehouse previously had a six point lead. But Chafee must first face off against Laffey, on Tuesday. Rasmussen has Whitehouse leading Laffey 58% to 31%.
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Here's a point of view on the Chafee/Laffey primary not often expressed. I'm not saying that I agree with it, but Chafee's record against 'Rat filibusters is reassuring.
So I'm not going to get all excited about a moral victory of getting a conservative elected in a primary in a liberal stronghold, when that victory elects a liberal Dem. I've not understood why CfG wanted to pump money into this race, I even donated myself to Laffey early on before I realized that it was a suckers bet.
I agree we can't count on Chafee for anything. And we can't count on Whitehorse for anything either. So, that is a wash at best. Laffey has ZERO chance in November.
Personally, I'd like to see Chaffee out. He only got in in the first place on his father's name (and not with my vote). I'd like to see Patches Kennedy out, too. I could never tolerate how he got in in the first place.
Someday, I'd like to move to Montana... ;-)
I didn't see Chafee coming to the rescue of the judges whom the Democrats filibustered. And he voted against Alito's confirmation, and just held up John Bolton's UN Ambassador nomination.
Well, we can count on Chafee for one thing.
He will caucus with the Republicans, giving us a Republican majority. This will make the committee chairmen Republicans instead of Democrats, and so Republican bills will come to the floor.
At that point, Chafee can vote against them if he wants. But he has given the Republicans a chance to pass their legislative program, and denied the Democrats the chance to pass theirs.
It's a tough call. But short of a candidacy by Governor Don Carcieri, it's hard to imagine a coneservative winning a Senate seat in Rhode Island. Too bad.
GO LAFFEY GO!! HE CAN WIN!!
Everybody says Laffey can't win, but the Dem only has 44% in this poll!!!
If it is 50-50, I'm not so sure of that.
IMHO, many people in the RNC would rather lose the seat to a Democrat than have Laffey win.
Is Laffey a closet lib? Or is he just pandering to his constituents? Or both?
I'd have to agree.
The Dem only has 44% against Chaffee, whereas the Dem has nearly 60% (58% unless I read that wrong) against Laffey.
In the primary it is an anguished vote, knowing that Rhode Island will very likely elect a Democrat who will filibuster judicial nominees, as well as vote for Harry Reid (Traitor - Nv) for Majority Leader.
I don't pay much attention to polls. Remember during the last Presidential election, 2004, when Dick Morris and others on Fox()and presumbly other channels) were projecting that Bush was going to lose based on polls, and then realized that the polls were wrong? Remember the 2000 election when Florida was called for Gore before the polls even closed?
I was once polled by a group that skewed the questions toward the answer they wanted. They weren't looking for the truth. I believe that this was a "push poll".
I DID mis-read...thanks. I STILL think Laffey could win...I'm PRAYING!
No...Club For Growth is NO liberal group!
When the candidates are only a few percentage points away from each other, sure, your logic works just fine.
Once you hit about 10% on up, things can't normally be screwed up that much....
Like with Florida, as much as I'd like to believe that Katherine Harris won't lose by 40%, there's no way in hell she's anywhere near even 20% behind Nelson at the moment.
I'm waiting on new polling, but I don't exactly expect much improvement.
You have a point, but if we abuse him and tick him off, he is more likely to leave.
I would think it would be better to allow viruperation to find its natural home in the Democratic Party.
Oh, rats, my finger missed the 't'.
Make that 'vituperation'.
In 2002 Jim Douglas, GOP candidate for Vermont governor, polled 10 points behind the Dem, Doug Racine, on the Sunday before election day. Since Vermont has been trending Democrat since the early 90's, most pundits thought Racine had it in the bag. Racine got smug and let up on his campaigning. Douglas won the election by 6 points. Polling techniques are subject to human folly, error, and bias. Chafee is more trouble than he is worth, but he will vote GOP to organize the Senate. He will not besmirch the memory of his father, John Chafee, who was also a liberal GOP but loyal (a US Marine). Laffey is a sure loser to the more liberal Whitehouse.
Sad when the only good thing you can say about a RINO is that he voted for cloture. That's almost like a Catholic priest being a "reliable" vote against abortion.
"Liberal Republican or a liberal Democrat".
So the people who will vote for him in the primary are going to stay home in November? I don't think so. I think Laffey will take it down the wire or even pull an upset. Keep in mind that voters like candidates who are straightforward and offer a clear agenda. Nobody likes squishies, and that's the main reason why Chafee's in trouble. He's hated by the Right and liberals will always choose the Dim over the liberal Republican. If Laffey's the nominee you can bet the grassroots in RI will get behind him.
You guys are smoking crack if you think Chafee will side with the GOP if he wins.
This guy openly bragged about not voting for Bush and has voted against all of his policies. Chafee needs to lose, period.
Actually, chaffee did vote for bush, George H. Bush in 2004 on a write in vote.
(Some of my amature art work..lol)
It's true though..there's something about the guy...He's a winner...1)He rocked the debate and 2) I was reading an article and it struck me how people in RI said they were going to vote for him -- despite the fact that they disagreed with him on some issues.
BITE ME CHAFEE
Lots of opportunities in Montana.
Chafee is not a RINO he is a MOLE...
That's my feeling too.
Chafee ain't good for much - but he does give us a GOP majority.
Will you be running a Rhode Island primary thread Tuesday night? :o)
Chances are, someone will beat me to it.
Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
I agree. This is either a liberal Democrat or a liberal Republican. I'll take the Republican.
We'll know soon as to whether we have a shot or we have Laffey.