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Republican Party's liberal senator in danger
Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:04am ET | By Jason Szep

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.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chafee; chafeerepublican; liberal; lincolnchafee; rino; senate
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But while admonishing Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress for failing to fight climate change and railing against oil companies for failing to pursue energy efficiency, Chafee is adamant he is in the right party at the right time.

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...

1 posted on 10/25/2006 10:28:25 AM PDT by Anita1
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To: Anita1

IF he goes down in flames, I won't shed a tear. And take Kean Jr. with ya.


2 posted on 10/25/2006 10:29:56 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Anita1

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.


3 posted on 10/25/2006 10:31:19 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Anita1

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.


4 posted on 10/25/2006 10:31:43 AM PDT by Defiant (My Just War Theory: Just win, baby.)
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To: Anita1
I hope he loses.

Even if he's #50.

5 posted on 10/25/2006 10:32:21 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Some moron brought a cougar to a party, and it went berserk.)
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To: pissant

Bingo.


6 posted on 10/25/2006 10:33:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Anita1

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.


7 posted on 10/25/2006 10:34:33 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Defiant

Laffey was a hack, but at least a semi-conservative one.


8 posted on 10/25/2006 10:34:49 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Let this be a lesson to all RINOS. Either you are with us, or you are against us. Good riddance to the backstabber.


9 posted on 10/25/2006 10:35:44 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (VOTE DEMOCRAT--TERRORISTS ARE COUNTING ON IT)
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To: Ron in Acreage

He's jeffords-esque.


10 posted on 10/25/2006 10:37:27 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Anita1

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.


11 posted on 10/25/2006 10:38:12 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Anita1
This is one guy we could all do without on our team.

Not that he really was on our team.

12 posted on 10/25/2006 10:38:21 AM PDT by shekkian
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To: Anita1

R.I.N.O. He is an eastern elite only thing lacking is his dem label.


13 posted on 10/25/2006 10:38:31 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

He's not a RINO, he's a "Democrat In All, BUT Name."


14 posted on 10/25/2006 10:40:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Anita1

Get rid of him. We don't need republicans. We need conservatives, and he isn't. Bye.


15 posted on 10/25/2006 10:40:30 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: pissant

I agree. Better to be loyal to principle than to power.


16 posted on 10/25/2006 10:41:01 AM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: Anita1

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.


17 posted on 10/25/2006 10:43:56 AM PDT by GregH
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To: Anita1
said his good relations with both parties has delivered dividends in his seven years in office...

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.

18 posted on 10/25/2006 10:46:01 AM PDT by Protagoras (We are not free because we are great, we are great because we are free.)
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To: dfwgator

Pray tell what's the difference...R.I.N.O.=Republican In Name Only...


19 posted on 10/25/2006 10:49:41 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: napscoordinator

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.


20 posted on 10/25/2006 10:51:14 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Jim Noble
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.

Know anything about Linc's opponent, Sheldon Whitehouse?
Find out and then get out and vote for every single Republican, no matter what!
21 posted on 10/25/2006 10:53:51 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Anita1

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.


22 posted on 10/25/2006 10:57:13 AM PDT by jbwbubba
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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!


23 posted on 10/25/2006 11:00:36 AM PDT by Justice4Reds
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To: pissant

If he were to win and the Senate was held by Republicans by one seat this little weasel would sell out in a heartbeat.


24 posted on 10/25/2006 11:02:49 AM PDT by linn37
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To: HamiltonJay

Quit being so reasonable. It disturbs the rantings of the frothing at the mouth crowd.


25 posted on 10/25/2006 11:07:04 AM PDT by XJarhead
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To: pissant

If we lose one seat, let this be the one.


26 posted on 10/25/2006 11:08:04 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Obama in 08)
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To: Anita1

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.


27 posted on 10/25/2006 11:14:30 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Anita1

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.


28 posted on 10/25/2006 11:15:00 AM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: ishabibble

"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.


29 posted on 10/25/2006 11:18:51 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Jim Noble

...handing the Democrats one of six key seats needed to seize control of the Senate...
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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.


30 posted on 10/25/2006 11:20:35 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Justice4Reds

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.


31 posted on 10/25/2006 11:21:12 AM PDT by floridareader1
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To: Anita1

Beat this anti-American.


32 posted on 10/25/2006 11:24:51 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Anita1

This article isn't about McCain?


33 posted on 10/25/2006 11:47:00 AM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: Anita1

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...).


34 posted on 10/25/2006 11:49:25 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: domenad

No, we need Republicans who at least are somewhat conservative. He isn't. I won't shed a tear if he loses.


35 posted on 10/25/2006 11:52:31 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: HamiltonJay

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.


36 posted on 10/25/2006 11:53:21 AM PDT by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

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.


37 posted on 10/25/2006 11:53:45 AM PDT by floridareader1
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To: HamiltonJay

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.


38 posted on 10/25/2006 11:57:31 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: Anita1; MurryMom

No tears from any of us....except maybe MurryMom


39 posted on 10/25/2006 11:59:18 AM PDT by Paul Ross (We cannot be for lawful ordinances and for an alien conspiracy at one and the same moment.-Cicero)
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To: XJarhead

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.


40 posted on 10/25/2006 12:13:17 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: floridareader1

There is a difference between moderate Republicans and liberal ones. Chaffee is a liberal, a RINO's RINO.


41 posted on 10/25/2006 12:14:32 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: Anita1
Republican Party's liberal senator in danger

Kinda self-explanatory, isn't it?

42 posted on 10/25/2006 12:15:42 PM PDT by blake6900 (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: pissant

At least Kean would have voted for Alito...


43 posted on 10/25/2006 12:16:08 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: pissant

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.


44 posted on 10/25/2006 12:17:47 PM PDT by Triple H MN
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To: The Old Hoosier

Before or after calling for Hastert and Rummy to resign?


45 posted on 10/25/2006 12:17:50 PM PDT by pissant
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
Agreed.

Note how they try to misrepresent him as moderate...

46 posted on 10/25/2006 12:20:20 PM PDT by Paul Ross (We cannot be for lawful ordinances and for an alien conspiracy at one and the same moment.-Cicero)
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To: Triple H MN

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.


47 posted on 10/25/2006 12:20:31 PM PDT by pissant
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To: floridareader1

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.


48 posted on 10/25/2006 12:23:11 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Sometimes those who scream loudest for "justice" are the ones that want real justice the least.)
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To: Anita1
Ann Coulter once said that Chaffee was too stupid to realise he's actually a Democrat.

Quite. I'll shed no tears if he goes down.

Regards, Ivan

49 posted on 10/25/2006 12:25:11 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: pissant
IF he goes down in flames, I won't shed a tear. And take Kean Jr. with ya.

I'll shed a tear if we lose control of the Senate, even though Chafee is an endangered species in today's political environment.

50 posted on 10/25/2006 12:26:53 PM PDT by cogitator
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