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Chafee's Perfect Record on Judicial Filibusters
Confirm Them ^ | September , 2006

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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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: 109th; chafee; filibusters; judges

1 posted on 09/11/2006 4:12:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Go Laffey!


2 posted on 09/11/2006 4:14:21 PM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: oceanview; Gay State Conservative; MassachusettsGOP; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; ...

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.


3 posted on 09/11/2006 4:15:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued
I really don't care about Rhode Island one way or the other, Chafee is not a dependable Republican, and Laffey can't win in the general. So its either a liberal Republican or a liberal Democrat, and we can't count on the vote from the Republican on anything that matters except cloture (so far).

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.

4 posted on 09/11/2006 4:26:00 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: RobFromGa
With friends like Chafee, we don't need enemies.
5 posted on 09/11/2006 4:27:52 PM PDT by Radix
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To: Radix

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.


6 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:21 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: RobFromGa
Not all bets in RI are sure...we tend to not follow all the rules. In a primarily democrat state, we currently have a republican governor. If Buddy Cianci was allowed to run again, he'd probably win. No rhyme or reason, just the way it is. Don't try to figure us out - I've lived here all my life and I still can't!

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... ;-)

7 posted on 09/11/2006 4:34:32 PM PDT by no more apples
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To: Clintonfatigued

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.


8 posted on 09/11/2006 4:37:24 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: RobFromGa

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.


9 posted on 09/11/2006 4:43:48 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: AuH2ORepublican; MikefromOhio

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.


10 posted on 09/11/2006 4:44:55 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued
The Democrat only has only 44% in RHODE ISLAND??? I thought it was such a RED STATE!!!!

GO LAFFEY GO!! HE CAN WIN!!

11 posted on 09/11/2006 4:45:00 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: RobFromGa

Everybody says Laffey can't win, but the Dem only has 44% in this poll!!!


12 posted on 09/11/2006 4:45:50 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: proxy_user

If it is 50-50, I'm not so sure of that.


13 posted on 09/11/2006 4:46:25 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: Suzy Quzy
GO LAFFEY GO!! HE CAN WIN!!

IMHO, many people in the RNC would rather lose the seat to a Democrat than have Laffey win.

14 posted on 09/11/2006 4:49:26 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is Laffey a closet lib? Or is he just pandering to his constituents? Or both?


15 posted on 09/11/2006 4:50:12 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Suzy Quzy

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.


16 posted on 09/11/2006 4:51:07 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Go Bucks!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He makes a good point and this is one of two reasons to support Chafee in the general election (Cloture against filibusters, votes for Republican Majority Leader). There may even be a third reason (less liberal than Democrat opponent).

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.

17 posted on 09/11/2006 4:51:09 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Suzy Quzy
Everybody says Laffey can't win, but the Dem only has 44% in this poll!!!

From the article:

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%.

I think you misread that......
18 posted on 09/11/2006 4:52:25 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Go Bucks!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

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".


19 posted on 09/11/2006 4:53:07 PM PDT by passionfruit ("...I think the left wing is turning into a cult... If you disagree you're a traitor")
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To: MikefromOhio

I DID mis-read...thanks. I STILL think Laffey could win...I'm PRAYING!


20 posted on 09/11/2006 4:55:18 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: HoosierHawk

No...Club For Growth is NO liberal group!


21 posted on 09/11/2006 4:56:06 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: passionfruit; Clintonfatigued

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.


22 posted on 09/11/2006 4:56:49 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Go Bucks!!!)
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To: RobFromGa

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.


23 posted on 09/11/2006 4:57:28 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

Oh, rats, my finger missed the 't'.

Make that 'vituperation'.


24 posted on 09/11/2006 4:59:26 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: passionfruit

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.


25 posted on 09/11/2006 5:18:43 PM PDT by billndin
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To: Clintonfatigued

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.


26 posted on 09/11/2006 5:26:01 PM PDT by LS
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To: RobFromGa

"Liberal Republican or a liberal Democrat".



Is there any functional difference, except that the democrat in this case is likely to be more honest?
We need to copyright the term "Republican", and prosecute pretenders with all the force we can muster.


27 posted on 09/11/2006 5:28:21 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, BUAIDH NO BAS)
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To: RobFromGa
Laffey has ZERO chance in November.

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.

28 posted on 09/11/2006 5:39:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: billndin
Laffey is a sure loser to the more liberal Whitehouse.

More gloom-and-doom.

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.

29 posted on 09/11/2006 5:41:43 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This guy openly bragged about not voting for Bush

Actually, chaffee did vote for bush, George H. Bush in 2004 on a write in vote.

30 posted on 09/11/2006 5:55:25 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

(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

31 posted on 09/11/2006 7:13:29 PM PDT by right-wingin_It
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To: no more apples
Someday, I'd like to move to Montana... ;-)

Lots of opportunities in Montana.

32 posted on 09/11/2006 7:24:58 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: Clintonfatigued

Chafee is not a RINO he is a MOLE...


33 posted on 09/11/2006 7:42:55 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole.)
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To: proxy_user

That's my feeling too.

Chafee ain't good for much - but he does give us a GOP majority.


34 posted on 09/11/2006 8:08:11 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Clintonfatigued

Will you be running a Rhode Island primary thread Tuesday night? :o)


35 posted on 09/11/2006 11:41:15 PM PDT by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: nutmeg

Chances are, someone will beat me to it.

Oh, well.


36 posted on 09/12/2006 9:20:51 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day.


37 posted on 09/12/2006 9:23:23 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: RobFromGa

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.


38 posted on 09/12/2006 2:12:29 PM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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