Skip to comments.Republican Party's liberal senator in danger
Posted on 10/25/2006 10:28:25 AM PDT by Anita1
Lincoln Chafee, the only Republican U.S. senator to vote against the Iraq war, often breaks ranks with his party to survive in one of the nation's most liberal states.
But in two weeks Rhode Island may break ranks with Chafee, ousting one of the most moderate voices in the Republican Party and handing the Democrats one of six key seats needed to seize control of the Senate...
Trailing by four to 11 points in recent polls, Chafee is stressing his unique brand of Republicanism - from championing environmental issues to fighting Bush's tax cuts, pressing for direct talks with Iran, opposing Bush's Supreme Court nominee and even voting against Bush in the 2004 election.
(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...
His strength, he says, is in his capacity to build bridges in a divided Congress.
In an interview with Reuters, the soft-spoken 53-year-old scion of a revered Rhode Island Republican family and son of the late veteran Republican Sen. John Chafee, said his good relations with both parties has delivered dividends in his seven years in office...
IF he goes down in flames, I won't shed a tear. And take Kean Jr. with ya.
Chafee is stressing his unique brand of Republicanism - from championing environmental issues to fighting Bush's tax cuts, pressing for direct talks with Iran, opposing Bush's Supreme Court nominee and even voting against Bush in the 2004 election.
LOL! I really don't think the words Chaffee and Republican should be used in the same sentence.
I am still pissed that the RNSCC spent its money on Chafee to defeat Laffey. This seat deserves to go down. He won't vote GOP in a 50/50 Senate anyway, so we don't need him--and it will be good to get him off of committees as a member of the majority.
Even if he's #50.
Vote for him!!!! I know he is horrible, but Whitehouse is WORSE!!!! Seriously I am not saying this just to be funny. His view on Iraq and terrorism is scary. He has no concept of the seriousness of War on Terror. I am not being unfair in my views of Whitehouse either.
Laffey was a hack, but at least a semi-conservative one.
Let this be a lesson to all RINOS. Either you are with us, or you are against us. Good riddance to the backstabber.
Adios Amigo! He's been an obstructionist with a "R" by his name so now we can have an obstructionist with a "D" by their name with no difference.
Not that he really was on our team.
R.I.N.O. He is an eastern elite only thing lacking is his dem label.
He's not a RINO, he's a "Democrat In All, BUT Name."
Get rid of him. We don't need republicans. We need conservatives, and he isn't. Bye.
I agree. Better to be loyal to principle than to power.
I think Chafee will fight back and win the election, remember the primary where Laffey had a huge lead in the polls which evaporated once the actual results came in. I support Chafee over whitehouse, any Republican is preferrable to a Dem, unless the Dem is Zell miller or similar.
Apparently one of the dividends hasn't been loyalty from either party.
The Dems stuck a knife in his back as payment for helping them. He gets what he deserves.
Why the hell a Democrat would vote for Demo-lite when they can vote for the real thing is beyond me.
Same for Republicans.
Pray tell what's the difference...R.I.N.O.=Republican In Name Only...
People who slam members of their party who are more liberal or conservative than theirs or what they like from other states usually are pretty ignorant of the differences of geography, society and economy.
While their guy may be the next Jesse Helms, and they think everyone everywhere should be, they fail to understand that in some places a person like that is DOA. They think the "true conservative" or "true liberal" can win anywhere, just they never get a chance... because the party or the media or whatever other little green man prevents them from doing so.
Reality is, this is not the case. Jesse Helms could no more be elected in MASS or NY or CT than Pelosi could be in GA, MS or SC. While I'm no fan of many politicians that are in the Republican party for various views they hold, to expect an R Senator from RI to be a hard core ideological movement conservative is insane the state just doesn't elect those sorts of folks statewide.
Now a more interesting race that RI IMHO is NJ.. if the R's pull out the win because of people being sick of the D corruption.... Thats a HUGE COUP!.. and will kill speculation of a D takeover of the Senate before 9 or 10pm election night.
I actually feel sorry for the dem in this race. What does he have to run on? Dem's want higher taxes, so does Chaffee, Chaffee doesn't like conservative judges, Chaffee wants us out of Iraq.
Lessons to take away from this election. We won't win every contest we want to win this year, because the Republican Party has lost sight of certain truths.
1. No more RINOs. People voted for conservatism, but they didn't get what they wanted. Frankly, losing some of these seats won't affect the cause of conservatism whatsoever.
2. Police thyself. If someone's conduct is questionable, then the party leadership should find a suitable challenger for the primary. Crooked government is Democrat value, and that's why we swept the house in '94!
If he were to win and the Senate was held by Republicans by one seat this little weasel would sell out in a heartbeat.
Quit being so reasonable. It disturbs the rantings of the frothing at the mouth crowd.
If we lose one seat, let this be the one.
Why do they persist in labeling liberal Republicans as moderate? Oh, I get it. So they can be compared with dem liberals, who they also call moderates.
Chafee voted himself a score of 12 (out of 100) last year on the ACU ratings. This ties him with other conservative standouts such as Hillary and Dianne Feinstein.
"Lincoln Chaffee was a good small city mayor who wound up a U.S. Senator, thanks to the legacy of his late father.
He isn't going to lose because it is RI, but I find your thinking dangerous and pretty common as we come closer to the elections."
The always acerbic Ann Coulter said all he had to do to become a Senator was to attend his father's funeral. It seems to be a bit more difficult than that this time.
...handing the Democrats one of six key seats needed to seize control of the Senate...
I always have to chuckle when they say this. Chaffee has never been a Republican vote. His being gone from the Senate will be a relief to me.
Is it better to lose control of the Senate then to let some moderate Republicans keep their seats.
I guess you will be getting your wish in the next two weeks.
Beat this anti-American.
This article isn't about McCain?
I have no problem getting rid of Chaffee. If it comes down to his seat for us to retain a majority, it would be a majority in name only. Anyway, I think we should always strive to get rid of the most liberal Republican every two years (though it should have been done in the primary...).
No, we need Republicans who at least are somewhat conservative. He isn't. I won't shed a tear if he loses.
I'm aware of RI being liberal state. And usually I also try to remind people about this electability issue. However, this guy is even more leftist than 'moderate Republican'. And even worse, he doesn't seem to make any effort to persuade conservatives to vote for him. In the height of primary (or a bit after that), he put a wrench on John Bolton's confirmation for UN. Apparently, he thinks, Republicans don't have any other choice but for him. Sadly, for him and for Republicans, they do.
A majority in name only still means that they can control the agenda of the Senate, and subpoena powers of the committess.
People who say it doesn't matter who controls the Senate really have little understanding on how Washingtoon works.
There is no reason to support a Democrat in all but name over a full blown Democrat. Chaffee is one of the few Republicans who deserves to be defeated, even in the general election, no matter where he is from.
No tears from any of us....except maybe MurryMom
So we get a guy who doesn't support a thing we believe in, who has a lifetime ACU rating of 37 (a pathetic 12 from 2005). That's reasonable? It's not like we're asking for much. Democrats defeated Lieberman in the Connecticut primaries. He has an ACU rating of 8 for 2005. And yet we let this joker past our primaries.
There is a difference between moderate Republicans and liberal ones. Chaffee is a liberal, a RINO's RINO.
Kinda self-explanatory, isn't it?
At least Kean would have voted for Alito...
Then you shouldn't be surprised when Republicans lose the Senate because people like Chaffee and Specter aren't around to vote for a Republican majority leader.
Before or after calling for Hastert and Rummy to resign?
Note how they try to misrepresent him as moderate...
Or let's rephrase that. The GOP shouldn't be suprised that conservatives do not support the spectres and keans and chaffees of the world. Period, end of story.
What happens if Chaffee pulls a Jeffords? Do you really think that if it were left to him, he'd want the Republican leadership to run the show? I do think it matters who controls the Senate. However, I believe that if Chaffee is the 50th Republican, it won't be long before there are only 49.
Quite. I'll shed no tears if he goes down.
I'll shed a tear if we lose control of the Senate, even though Chafee is an endangered species in today's political environment.
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