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R.I. Senator May Leave Republican Party
Netscape News ^ | 11-09-06 | MICHELLE R. SMITH

Posted on 11/09/2006 7:23:24 PM PST by marc costanzo

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee 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.

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>>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 he has not decided what to do after leaving office, but he hoped to stay involved in public life. He 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 helped him bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island. <<

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GOOD !

CHAFEE - - You were not a team player-

glad to get rid of you .

You are the one Republican that all of us Conservatives are glad lost re-election .

No more Dems in GOP clothing .

Too many interlopers in our party, just as there are too many Third World interlopers in our country .

We need to expel you both . .

1 posted on 11/09/2006 7:23:24 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: marc costanzo

He's a Republican?


2 posted on 11/09/2006 7:24:52 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-lifer, stranded in Blue Boston)
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To: marc costanzo

As if any of us cares one wit.


3 posted on 11/09/2006 7:24:56 PM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: marc costanzo

Bu BYE ... Don't let the door hit ya....


4 posted on 11/09/2006 7:25:03 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second guessing is not a strategy.")
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To: marc costanzo

good riddance


5 posted on 11/09/2006 7:25:26 PM PST by BackInBlack ("The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.")
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To: marc costanzo

He should just switch now, and perhaps Fat Teddy would drive him to a beach party celebration....


6 posted on 11/09/2006 7:25:35 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: marc costanzo

Good riddance.


7 posted on 11/09/2006 7:25:42 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: marc costanzo

Good fscking riddance. As Ronaldus Maximus said...."let them go their way".


8 posted on 11/09/2006 7:25:50 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: marc costanzo

You know he could have at least did the right thing and confirmed Bolton..


9 posted on 11/09/2006 7:26:04 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second guessing is not a strategy.")
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To: marc costanzo

If he were to change parties -- how would anyone be able to tell?


10 posted on 11/09/2006 7:26:15 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: marc costanzo

Typical.
A 'rat abandoning the ship.


11 posted on 11/09/2006 7:26:45 PM PST by syriacus (We lost 33,686 men in the Korean "police action" and saved S. Korea. Why abandon Iraq?)
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To: marc costanzo

Oh no this is horrible news... LOL!


12 posted on 11/09/2006 7:27:05 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Go Bucks.....beat Northwestern!!!!!)
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To: marc costanzo
"You can't fire me, I quit!"

"You can't quit, you're fired!"

And Linc, looks like you got fired on Tuesday.

13 posted on 11/09/2006 7:27:06 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: marc costanzo

Who in the hell cares?

If he'd been the lone GOP to winner to keep us in control of the Senate, it would be important.

Now he's just another voter in a solid Rat state.


14 posted on 11/09/2006 7:27:08 PM PST by Dog Gone (uit)
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To: marc costanzo

"I just haven't even thought about where my place is"

Right now it is on the bench, pal. Take a donut break and maybe do a few furniture commercials. I heard there is a county commissioner opening coming up. I heard roads are hell up there.


15 posted on 11/09/2006 7:27:11 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: tomnbeverly

I am amazed at accusations that Bush didn't work with Dems. My memory is that it was Dem strategy to obstruct, beginning with Tom Daschle.


16 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:07 PM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: marc costanzo

Stinkin' Lincoln left the GOP many moons ago.


17 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:08 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: marc costanzo
Maybe he can get a job as a masseur at the Senate gymnasium.
18 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:19 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: marc costanzo
He said his loss may have helped the country by switching control of Congress.

Wow? With soldiers like this, how can the conservative movement lose??????????

19 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:21 PM PST by ErieGeno
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To: marc costanzo

If we had to lose....I'm glad this POS was one that got flushed


20 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:26 PM PST by digger48 (there went breakfast)
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To: marc costanzo

Just the fact he made a statement about this is completely hysterical. What a putz>


21 posted on 11/09/2006 7:28:50 PM PST by newconhere (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. zap)
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To: marc costanzo

Seeeeee Ya!!!


22 posted on 11/09/2006 7:29:38 PM PST by keithtoo (Moveon.org is a cult, Freerepublic is the cure.....)
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To: marc costanzo

Hey Chafee, I'm sure Pelosi would welcome you in and give you a nice committee assignment. Ha ha ha YeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaa.


23 posted on 11/09/2006 7:30:32 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: digger48; All

>>If we had to lose....I'm glad this POS was one that got flushed<<

So am I !


24 posted on 11/09/2006 7:30:43 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: Darkwolf377

I'll be succint. Who gives a flying #phuck what he thinks.

He's a loser of the worst order, yet he'll have his pension and live out his days in comfort.


25 posted on 11/09/2006 7:30:58 PM PST by Hilltop (A)
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To: syriacus
If he had been honest, Chafee would have said:

"I'm coming out of the closet, politically speaking.
I was born a Democrat and I've struggled with Democrat feelings all my life.

I was too afraid to tell anyone my special secret while those Republicans were in power, because they might have made me sit with the losers.
I deserve to be with the winning side."

26 posted on 11/09/2006 7:31:37 PM PST by syriacus (We lost 33,686 men in the Korean "police action" and saved S. Korea. Why abandon Iraq?)
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To: JoanneSD

LOL Yes, perhaps there is a lovely shin-dig going on at Chapaquitic this week.

Chaffee was never a republican


27 posted on 11/09/2006 7:31:43 PM PST by irishfox
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To: marc costanzo

Chafee is a wannabe political tranny.

I say accommodate him - chop off whatever manhood he has left - he'll make a pretty Democrat.


28 posted on 11/09/2006 7:31:47 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: marc costanzo
I love that our government is more conservative now with all the moderates flushed out. It'll really anger those Dems when they realize what they've done.

Conservatives didn't lose, Republicans were punished for being Democrats.
29 posted on 11/09/2006 7:32:21 PM PST by TeenagedConservative
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To: marc costanzo
Not sure when the term RINO was invented, but I'm pretty sure Chafee was an inspiration.
30 posted on 11/09/2006 7:32:24 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: tomnbeverly

He won't quit the party. If he does, he cannot hold up the Bolton nomination in committee.


31 posted on 11/09/2006 7:32:27 PM PST by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el ingles)
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To: marc costanzo

The only thing left to ask is what's it costing the democrats?


32 posted on 11/09/2006 7:32:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Hilltop

>>I'll be succint. Who gives a flying #phuck what he thinks.

He's a loser of the worst order, yet he'll have his pension and live out his days in comfort.
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Hopefully he just fades inot obscurity ... .. .. . .


33 posted on 11/09/2006 7:32:59 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: Ingtar

I'm sure he meant quit after this session.


34 posted on 11/09/2006 7:33:17 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second guessing is not a strategy.")
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To: Darkwolf377

As if!

The poofter!


35 posted on 11/09/2006 7:33:25 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: marc costanzo

Don't let the door slap him on his backside on the way out. GOOD RIDDANCE!

More to come, hopefully?


36 posted on 11/09/2006 7:33:27 PM PST by DakotaRed (Kerry Should Resign!)
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To: Dog Gone
If he'd been the lone GOP to winner to keep us in control of the Senate, it would be important.

If he had won, what are the odds he would have pulled a "Jumpin ' Jim" move? Damn good I suspect!

37 posted on 11/09/2006 7:33:46 PM PST by F-117A
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To: marc costanzo

I take a 10-1/2 EEE
38 posted on 11/09/2006 7:34:18 PM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: marc costanzo

So long, Linc--Write if you find work.


39 posted on 11/09/2006 7:34:32 PM PST by Arm_Bears (See Rock City!)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
>>Not sure when the term RINO was invented, but I'm pretty sure Chafee was an inspiration.<<

I am not sure either - I think it was in the mid-1990's .
I remember it being referred to local Republicans here in California back then .
40 posted on 11/09/2006 7:35:23 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: marc costanzo

And the Republican Party wasted almost a million dollars on this loser's campaign....


41 posted on 11/09/2006 7:35:52 PM PST by TAdams8591 (It's the Justices, stupid!)
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To: windsorknot

Your posting was lost


42 posted on 11/09/2006 7:35:57 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: Dog Gone

Excuse me :) We did elect our Republican lesser of evils here in Tennessee. He wouldn't have been the sole winner in a contested race.


43 posted on 11/09/2006 7:36:07 PM PST by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el ingles)
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To: TAdams8591

>>And the Republican Party wasted almost a million dollars on this loser's campaign....<<

Yeah, and spent almost nothing on John Spencer, who was running against Hillary .

He seemed to have a real chance of defeating her in the last couple of months .


44 posted on 11/09/2006 7:37:59 PM PST by marc costanzo
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To: ClaireSolt

Yep. It is a lie that Bush has not tried to work with the Dems.


45 posted on 11/09/2006 7:38:03 PM PST by PghBaldy (Reporter: Are you surprised? Nancy Pelosi: No. My eyes always look like this.)
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To: marc costanzo

leave already Chafee.
Go write a book and get yourself on Larry King.
Please return the cash on your way out of the door.


46 posted on 11/09/2006 7:40:53 PM PST by WoodstockCat (General Honore: "The storm gets a vote... We're not stuck on stupid.")
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To: marc costanzo

"Uh, Bye"

47 posted on 11/09/2006 7:40:55 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democracy: The worst form of government, except for all the others.)
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To: marc costanzo

Typical liberal. As soon as the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, he splits.


48 posted on 11/09/2006 7:42:07 PM PST by JustaCowgirl (Democrats support a fair voting process in the same way they 'support' the troops.)
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To: marc costanzo
RI Senator was NEVER in the Republican Party!!!

Nancee

49 posted on 11/09/2006 7:43:19 PM PST by Nancee
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To: marc costanzo

Much ado about nothing. The election's over. He lost. He'd better find something else to do with his life.


50 posted on 11/09/2006 7:43:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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