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R.I. senator may leave Republican Party
Yahoo! News ^ | 11/8/06 | MICHELLE R. SMITH

Posted on 11/09/2006 5:35:03 PM PST by libertarianPA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.

Chafee lost to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in a race seen as a referendum on President Bush and the GOP. On Thursday, he was asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party or become an independent or Democrat.

"I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is," Chafee said at a news conference. When pressed on whether his comments indicated he might leave the GOP, he replied: "That's fair."

Chafee, 53, is a lifelong Republican who has represented Rhode Island for seven years. His father held the same seat for 23 years before that.

He is the most liberal Republican in the Senate and was the sole Senate Republican to vote against the war in Iraq. But that was not enough to prevail against Whitehouse, who shared many of Chafee's views but was a Democrat in a heavily Democratic state.

Chafee said his loss may have helped the country by switching control of Congress.

"The people have spoken all across America. They want the Democrats and Republicans to work together," he said. "I think the president now is going to have to talk to the Democrats. I think that's going to be good for America."

Chafee said he waged a lonely campaign to bring the party to the middle. He described attending weekly lunches with fellow GOP senators and standing up to argue his point of view, often alone.

"There were times walking into my caucus room where it wasn't fun," he said, adding that he stayed with the GOP largely because it allowed him to bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chafee; election; goodriddance; lincolnchafee; rhodeisland; rino; rinos
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Will anyone notice the difference?
1 posted on 11/09/2006 5:35:08 PM PST by libertarianPA
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To: libertarianPA

Good riddance! Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!!


2 posted on 11/09/2006 5:36:05 PM PST by KoRn
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To: libertarianPA
He is the most liberal Republican in the Senate and was the sole Senate Republican to vote against the war in Iraq.
3 posted on 11/09/2006 5:36:52 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: libertarianPA

Back to shoeing horses for old Linc. Couldn't happen to better RINO.


4 posted on 11/09/2006 5:36:52 PM PST by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: libertarianPA

If this is the case, remove him from the committee that moves the Bolton nomination to the full senate floor NOW. Replace him with someone who will support Bolton's nomination. Easy, just do it. Then Bolton can be confirmed in this lame duck session of congress.


5 posted on 11/09/2006 5:37:12 PM PST by Laverne
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To: KoRn

He shouldn't be allowed to leave, he should be kicked out.


6 posted on 11/09/2006 5:37:23 PM PST by brydic1
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To: libertarianPA

No point in him pretending anymore.


7 posted on 11/09/2006 5:37:29 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: libertarianPA

He's not a Senator anymore, so it's puzzling why he thinks anyone would care.


8 posted on 11/09/2006 5:37:36 PM PST by brightstar
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To: libertarianPA

Beat me to it. I was going to say one of the following:

1. And the difference would be....?
2. Don't let the door hit you in the @ss, jack@ss
3. As if it matters now
4. As if it mattered then
5. Go tell it to the mountain

Just rambling. Cheers!


9 posted on 11/09/2006 5:37:56 PM PST by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: libertarianPA

10 posted on 11/09/2006 5:38:09 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: libertarianPA

Be gone RINO. Do not haunt our side of the senate.


11 posted on 11/09/2006 5:38:30 PM PST by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: libertarianPA

I think Rhode Islanders just chose the more conservative of the two candidates ... and Linc lost!


12 posted on 11/09/2006 5:38:47 PM PST by Ken522
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To: libertarianPA

Buh-by LOSER...


13 posted on 11/09/2006 5:38:50 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: libertarianPA

I just read the headline and laughed, I won't even read the article, go contemplate your navel in private, no one cares what you think Linky, you lilly-livered metrosexual waste of testostetone.


14 posted on 11/09/2006 5:38:57 PM PST by word_warrior_bob
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To: KoRn

Yep, don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.


15 posted on 11/09/2006 5:39:02 PM PST by Right Angler
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To: brydic1

Amen.


16 posted on 11/09/2006 5:39:15 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: libertarianPA

I think I'm gonna die from NOT surprise! He hasn't voted with the Republicans for years, so will anyone notice?


17 posted on 11/09/2006 5:39:19 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: libertarianPA

YES! They should accept his resignation immediately. That way he can't hold up John Bolton's nomination. If they accept his resignation, he's off the committee.


18 posted on 11/09/2006 5:39:30 PM PST by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: brydic1

Amen.


19 posted on 11/09/2006 5:39:35 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Laverne

GMTA, I should have read down a bit before posting.


20 posted on 11/09/2006 5:40:18 PM PST by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: libertarianPA

CHAFEEs a RINo...Let him go. And take Graham, Mccain, Snowe ETC with you !!!!!


21 posted on 11/09/2006 5:40:44 PM PST by LC HOGHEAD (Leftist neocommunists want war to happen as if on TV. A beginning and an end-- all in one shot)
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To: libertarianPA

If he can't make a decision, he's definitely a democrat.


22 posted on 11/09/2006 5:40:52 PM PST by doc maverick
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To: libertarianPA

No doubt the "vote for a guy with an "R" after his name NO MATTER WHAT HIS VOTING RECORD" peanut gallery will be teary over this.


23 posted on 11/09/2006 5:41:41 PM PST by alarm rider (Casting a large net for new, shiny tag lines...)
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To: libertarianPA

Chafee was a Republican? Who would have thought? I thought he was a socialist.


24 posted on 11/09/2006 5:41:59 PM PST by caisson71
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To: libertarianPA

Like chaff blowing in the wind. Goodbye Linc, we sure won't miss your kind.


25 posted on 11/09/2006 5:42:00 PM PST by westmichman (The minds of the media and Dems are one-dementional..."HATE Bush")
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To: libertarianPA

Good timing Linc!


26 posted on 11/09/2006 5:42:36 PM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: libertarianPA
So Chafee is mad at the Republicans, who funded him over more conservative-worthy Republicans during his campaign, and he didn't get any support from the Dims like Lieberman did from the GOP. But he's mad at the GOP.

Brilliant logic there, just brilliant. Maybe he can be a character on Family Guy since the show is based in Providence (Quahog).

27 posted on 11/09/2006 5:42:38 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: libertarianPA

Good news for a change. We need it.


28 posted on 11/09/2006 5:42:49 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: libertarianPA
Chaffee was a Republican? Who knew?
The silly twit....thinking anyone cares that he OFFICIALLY is leaving the GOP.
29 posted on 11/09/2006 5:43:16 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: libertarianPA
No riddance. Chaffee is a pimple on the GOP. No one will miss that atavistic Democrat in Republican Clothing.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

30 posted on 11/09/2006 5:43:50 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: libertarianPA

If a rino switches parties will anyone notice???


31 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:26 PM PST by Jewels1091
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To: libertarianPA

I will notice only if he takes Chuck Hagel with him.


32 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:26 PM PST by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: libertarianPA

The question is does anyone care?

It's not like he's any help now to the party.


33 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:30 PM PST by jbarkley
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To: brightstar

He wants to run for something as a democrat. That is my guess.

You can also bet if he won, he would have switched parties.

His lose is the best thing that happened all night.


34 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:32 PM PST by kara37
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To: libertarianPA

he lost who cares who he votes for as a civilian


35 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:36 PM PST by italianquaker (Democrats its time to fish or cut bait, no more blaming Prez Bush.)
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To: libertarianPA
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.

It never was a Republican.

Que the sound of flushing the toilet.

See ya...RINO. Time to clean house.

There is the door, beotch...I'll hold it open for ya and promptly slam on your worthless ass as you are leaving.

You are not, nor ever have been, a Republican.

Now STFU, loser.

36 posted on 11/09/2006 5:44:51 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: libertarianPA

Oh this is just hysterical. BOO HOO!


37 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:03 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: libertarianPA

Why would anyone give a rat's ass what this moonbat does?
He's out of the Senate....good frickin' ridance.


38 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:03 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (Tancredo in 2008....Santorum in 2008.....J. D. Hayworth in 2008...Take Your Pick)
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To: libertarianPA

Whino RINO


39 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:20 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: LC HOGHEAD

I could not agree more... as unhappy as I was on Tues night was glad that this jerk and DeWine lost


40 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:21 PM PST by stockpixx
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To: libertarianPA

Like he ever was a republican in the first place! Half of the problem we have right now is the refusal to drop-kick RINOs like Chaffee, McCain, et al, ad nauseum!!


41 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:34 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: KoRn

Ditto.


42 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:42 PM PST by madison10 (Live your life in such a way that the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral.)
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To: KoRn

Ditto! Right ON! Make that double.


43 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:42 PM PST by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: libertarianPA

there is a saying which involves door and ass but I cant remember it right now


44 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:51 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: libertarianPA

was he ever a republican


45 posted on 11/09/2006 5:45:54 PM PST by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: libertarianPA

Talk about lack of integrity.

RNC, in their own ignoble move, backed Chaffee when there was a clearly superior Republican challenger. Millions down the drain.


46 posted on 11/09/2006 5:46:38 PM PST by School of Rational Thought (Republican - The thinking people's party)
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To: libertarianPA

He knows his brand of republicanism is dead


47 posted on 11/09/2006 5:46:38 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: libertarianPA
...adding that he stayed with the GOP largely because it allowed him to bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island.

Hey Lincoln, that's a big part of the reasons Republicans LOST Tuesday.
48 posted on 11/09/2006 5:46:44 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: libertarianPA

The little turd is going to make an excellent DemocRAT. He's yellow and he don't stand up for anything. Yup! Excellent DemocRAT.


49 posted on 11/09/2006 5:47:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Burns and Allen Concede! Say Goodnight Gracie!)
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To: libertarianPA

He's a Republican? So that is why there is always an R after his name. It thought that stood for rat.


50 posted on 11/09/2006 5:48:00 PM PST by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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