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Holding to the Center, Losing My Seat (Lefty Chafee barf alert)
New York Times ^ | 11/12/06 | Lincold D. Chafee

Posted on 11/12/2006 4:09:19 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus

Holding to the Center, Losing My Seat By Lincoln D, Chafee

LAST Tuesday, I was one of the many moderate Republican casualties of the anti-Bush virulence that swept the country. Despite my having voted against the Iraq war resolution, my reputation for independence, the editorial endorsement of virtually every newspaper in my state, and a job approval rating of 63 percent, I did not win. Why?

Back in December 2000, after one of the closest elections in our nation’s history, Vice President-elect Dick Cheney was the guest at a weekly lunch meeting of a small group of centrist Republicans. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and I were honored to have the opportunity to visit with him on the eve of a session of Congress in which, because of Republican defeats, the Senate would be evenly divided at 50-50.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: centrismsucks; chafee; deadarmadillos; gopwussyroadkill; middleoftheroadkill; moderates; rhodeisland; rino; yellowstripedloser
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What an out right LAUGHER!!!

This leftist... he doesn't even qualify as a RINO he is so far left ... is trying to act as if his being a "centrist" made him lose!!!

What made him lose is that he is farther left than most Democrats and voters didn't know why NOT vot3 for a Democrat if they were going to have one ANYWAY!!

1 posted on 11/12/2006 4:09:20 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Good riddence to bad rubbish.


2 posted on 11/12/2006 4:16:05 AM PST by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Think about this: Lincoln Chaffee voted AGAINST the Iraq War and has been a critic of Bush from Day One. Yet his being a moderate anti-Bush Republican did NOT save him from the voters' wrath.

"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

3 posted on 11/12/2006 4:16:15 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil."

AYN RAND


4 posted on 11/12/2006 4:16:28 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Hey Linc, don't let the door hit you on that seat on the way out.


5 posted on 11/12/2006 4:17:43 AM PST by Gil4 (This tagline for rent - cheap!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Linc Chaffee: Dead GOP Armadillo and Yellow Striped Skunk Roadkill.

"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

6 posted on 11/12/2006 4:18:40 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I can tolerate RINOs like Specter. Chafee is beyond contempt.


7 posted on 11/12/2006 4:18:48 AM PST by zendari
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To: Mobile Vulgus

So, now he can finally declare himself a democrat and run again.


8 posted on 11/12/2006 4:19:48 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Mobile Vulgus

hey Lincoln, how can we miss you if you won't go away?


9 posted on 11/12/2006 4:21:12 AM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This loss is one of the bright spots of the election. Goodbye, so long, see ya.


10 posted on 11/12/2006 4:26:27 AM PST by maxter
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Link you're a weenie.


11 posted on 11/12/2006 4:28:49 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

you reap what you sow!!!!

Ann Coulter stated it correctly....

"they shot the wrong Lincoln"!!!!!


12 posted on 11/12/2006 4:30:22 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: hnj_00
"they shot the wrong Lincoln"!!!!!

LOL!!

Anybody know what his lifetime ACU or PFAW record is? I'll bet those numbers don't show a "centrist" but a raving Marxist.

13 posted on 11/12/2006 4:33:19 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why isn't there an "NRA" for the rest of my rights?)
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To: Hardastarboard

His ACU rating was 26%


14 posted on 11/12/2006 4:35:22 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Northern Yankee
WTF?
A school teacher and you can not post a sentence that makes sense.
LOL
15 posted on 11/12/2006 4:36:02 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Just the other day he claimed he lost because the ballot was set up to enable voters to vote straight party line too eaily. Therefore, everyone voted straight D and he lost. He needs to make up his mind.


16 posted on 11/12/2006 4:38:59 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad

Oh, he made up his mind alright. He found a way to blame the GOP and found a place to help him make the claim.


17 posted on 11/12/2006 4:42:25 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus
I read his suggestions: Implement the Democratic agenda. That's moderatespeak for "bipartisanship." It never works the other way around.

"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

18 posted on 11/12/2006 4:44:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: jim35

Agree.
Dear Mr. Congresscritter Chafee:
SAYONARA, BUCKWHEAT!


19 posted on 11/12/2006 4:45:14 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What the hell was the purpose of him writing to the NYT

Does he think they will run a massive editorial campaign to have the election held over


20 posted on 11/12/2006 4:53:24 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Mobile Vulgus
His ACU rating was 26%

It was that high
21 posted on 11/12/2006 4:54:50 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Guess the people that know him best, his constituents, were ready to kick him to the curb.

Like the rest of the America hating left, he blames Bush.

22 posted on 11/12/2006 5:29:23 AM PST by OldFriend (Run and Hide, Tax and Spend for the next two years. Everyone happy?)
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To: goldstategop

The man is a wuss--whatever that means--or worse. He is the only so called Repub I am glad lost. His vote was always with the Dems.
vaudine


23 posted on 11/12/2006 5:49:26 AM PST by vaudine
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The truth is Linc, that if your going to have a liberal represent you then you might as well have the real thing. You lost because you are a loser, you didn't even bother to stand up for the party you were supposed to represent. Independent? HA! You were a reliable vote against everything the republicans believe in.


24 posted on 11/12/2006 5:52:13 AM PST by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: goldstategop
Ben Nelson of Nebraska is a centerist. The weak sisters from Maine are centerists. Even Arlen Specter is a centerist.

Judas Jeffords and Lincoln Chaffee were never centerists. They might properly be described as turds in the punch bowl. Too much sugar might be unhealthy, but it adds flavor. Lime slices might be healthy, but they are mainly for decoration rather than part of the punch. Floating turds add neither flavor nor decoration.

25 posted on 11/12/2006 5:55:26 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

Chaffee and Jeffords were "moderates" like Lowell Weicker was a moderate. Guys with ACU ratings like theirs are not moderate.

Chaffee had an approval rating of 63? Either that number was bogus or too many of those 63% of Rhode Islanders didnt show up to vote I guess.


26 posted on 11/12/2006 6:05:32 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Lost his seat???

Why is he so upset about that - he lost his testicles years ago and it doesn't seem to bother him at all!


27 posted on 11/12/2006 6:10:27 AM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I do not see why Frist cannot take his seat from him during this lame duck session in the Senate, so we can confirm Bolton.


28 posted on 11/12/2006 6:29:15 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (Gal.4:16))
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To: uncbob
Just a word on ACU averages-- you need to add about 10-15 points to any Democrat scoring over 20 and subtract 10-15 points from any Republican scoring under 80.

The reason is this: up to 20% of the votes scored by ACU are basically party procedural votes or CYA votes disguised as legislation. This is not knocking the ACU or the validity of the index; it is simply stating a fact which to some extent or other is true in every index. Just as the Soros people beleive they own the Democrats, there are others such as the Chamber of Commerce or American Realtor's Association (albeit to a far lesser extent) who beleive they own the Republicans.

Accordingly, there are one-sided votes where the congressional member will go along with the party line, particularly where it won't make much of a difference to their constituency, just to hike up their rating with their key funding sources.

As proof, you can look at the ratings of Democrats turned Republicans such as former Senators Phil Gramm or Ben Campbell or Republicans turned Democrat such as Judas Jeffords and compare their before and after the switch ratings. Their views really haven't changed that much, neither has their constituency, but the funding mix of which organizations support them plus who they work with has changed, often dramatically.

The rule does not generally apply to those either on the soldidly conservative (80%) side or solidly leftist (20%) side of the index. The reason is because these people are so solidly in one camp or the other that colleagues and funding sources are unlikely to influence them. This isn't to say they won't get funding from friendly sources, particularly in close races or other sources of payback, it is simply that unfriendly sources won't send them a dime because their chances of influence are zilch. Thus, NARL will certainly contribute to Ted Kennedy (even though there is zero chance he will ever vote against them) but won't send a dime to Tom Corbun (because there is likewise zero chance he will ever vote with them).

Accordingly, Chaffees real ACU rating is 26-15 = 11%. Specter, who happens to be closer to the 80% would be 64-11 or about 53%, nearly identical to the weak sisters from Maine. Ben Nelson, on the other hand, would get a 60 + 12 = 72% rating once this adjustment is made.

29 posted on 11/12/2006 6:45:26 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Oh man...

My apologies!

How about this:

Lincoln Chaffee, you are a frigging weenie!

30 posted on 11/12/2006 6:50:12 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Bye bye Linkie, we'll sure miss you and your RINO cohorts. not.


31 posted on 11/12/2006 6:54:23 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.

Jim Hightower

32 posted on 11/12/2006 6:57:08 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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"Chaffee had an approval rating of 63? Either that number was bogus or too many of those 63% of Rhode Islanders didnt show up to vote I guess."

Or that Rhode Island is a very liberal state and they knew that this seat could decide the Senate so decided to vote against a guy they liked so as to get the Senate they wanted.


33 posted on 11/12/2006 7:00:34 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: Vigilanteman

Interesting stuff.


34 posted on 11/12/2006 7:01:12 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Hit the road, Linc; you're a loser.


35 posted on 11/12/2006 7:01:44 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: Mobile Vulgus
a small group of centrist Republicans. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and I

Why did you lose? Because you think that these people are "centrist Republicans."

Republicans don't.

36 posted on 11/12/2006 7:02:52 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Raed Chaffee's whines here too:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1736890/posts


37 posted on 11/12/2006 7:07:22 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: goldstategop

yeah but you can eat a dead Armadillo


38 posted on 11/12/2006 7:09:55 AM PST by advertising guy
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Poor Linc...now he'll be forced to live off of his $150K/yr Senate pension and the trust fund that mommy and daddy set up for him.


39 posted on 11/12/2006 7:17:29 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Mobile Vulgus; All

40 posted on 11/12/2006 7:20:40 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: advertising guy

But a dead Armadillo must be good for something....like voting Democrat.


41 posted on 11/12/2006 7:20:40 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot

oh, an armadillo can be a political whore to be sure...


42 posted on 11/12/2006 7:22:38 AM PST by advertising guy
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To: advertising guy

Oklahoma armadillos, unlike more moraled Texas armadillos. have been known to play possum in the middle of the road in hopes a wanton buzzard might land. Horney little devils those Oklahoma armadillos. So of course they tend libral.


43 posted on 11/12/2006 7:26:23 AM PST by advertising guy
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Maybe not having a backbone has more to do with it then Bush hmmmmmm(BOLTON for example)


44 posted on 11/12/2006 7:27:27 AM PST by italianquaker (Democrats its time to fish or cut bait, no more blaming Prez Bush.)
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To: goldstategop

I guess Linclon Chafee cannot remember the 1960 presidential election? JFK , his daddy and the unions took that election from the people. I guess Chafee thinks the senate seat was his for life? The people of Rhode Island cannot tell you from a secular progressive pinko and that is why you lost. Democrat politics aced you out Chafee. You can thank moveon.org and a host of other liberal groups and not GW Bush. Any state that keeps Patrick Kennedy as congressman is beyond hope. What committee will Patches take over?


45 posted on 11/12/2006 7:32:50 AM PST by oldironsides
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"...I was one of the many moderate Republican casualties...I did not win. Why?"

LOL LOL LOL

This "man", weak as mush, is not fit to wipe the shoes of a REAL Republican: Rick Santorum (PA)!!

You do no not hear "real" "men" like Rick Santorum and George Allen whining like this fool!

Nancee

46 posted on 11/12/2006 7:33:32 AM PST by Nancee
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To: Mobile Vulgus
I guess he has forgotten that Bush saved Specter's butt in his last election...
47 posted on 11/12/2006 7:44:01 AM PST by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: tubebender
Good Morning "tubebender"!!!

"I guess he has forgotten that Bush saved Specter's butt in his last election..."

How much better spent would the Republican Party's money have been here in Pennsylvania in this election on a genuine Republican; i.e., Rick Santorum than throwing it away on this alleged "Centrist"!!!!

Nancee

48 posted on 11/12/2006 7:50:21 AM PST by Nancee
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What I ask is a moderate Republician. It is someone who supports abortion on demand, is aganist the 2nd amendment, is for gay rights, will raise taxes, is anti-war, supports a moderate welfare state. What is it that makes them a Republician. Nothing. Good riddance to a wussy effiminate Moderate. I bet he gets his nails manicured and has never been fishing or hunting or sat in a pickem up truck or drank anything but imported beer. Sillly metrosexual mouse he is.


49 posted on 11/12/2006 9:13:50 AM PST by therut
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This article got me thinking. Chaffee thinks he is moderate, but I always thought he was very left.

So I went to the ACU website to see who really is in the "center", figuring anyone with a score between 40-60 could qualify.

I was surprised at the rarity of true center scores. I found:

Olympia Snowe (60)
Nelson of Nebraska (52)
Chaffee (Surprise!) with a 40, he barely made it, but he is there.

That's it. Three members in the true middle, 2 of which are republicans. So next time anyone tells you the repubs are more extreme, tell them there are more radical dems than repubs. Nelson is the only one in the true middle.


50 posted on 11/12/2006 10:13:42 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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