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(Lincoln) Chafee Quietly Quits The GOP (With His Tail Between His Legs)
The Providence Journal ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2007 | Bruce Landis

Posted on 09/19/2007 2:52:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Chafee quietly quits the GOP

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, September 16, 2007

By Bruce Landis

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Lincoln D. Chafee, who lost his Senate seat in the wave of anti-Republican sentiment in last November’s election, said yesterday that he has left the party.

Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead, and his father had led before him, because the national Republican Party has gone too far away from his stance on too many critical issues, from war to economics to the environment.

“It’s not my party any more,” he said.

Chafee’s departure is another step in the waning of the strain of moderate Republicanism that was once a winning political philosophy from Rhode Island and Connecticut to the Canadian border. For the first time since the Civil War, the six New England states combined now have only one Republican U.S. House member, Connecticut’s Christopher Shays.

Chafee said he disaffiliated from the party “in June or July,” making him an unaffiliated voter. He did so quietly, and until yesterday, he said, “No one’s asked me about it.” He said he made the move because “I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status.”

“There’s been a gradual depravation of … the issues the party should be strong on,” and the direction of the national party, he said.

That’s no secret. In a Journal Op-Ed piece published on the Thursday before the election, Chafee himself laid out some of the ways he disagreed with his party, notably as one of only 23 senators and the only Republican to oppose the resolution supporting the invasion of Iraq. He went on to criticize the “permanent deficits” caused by Republican tax cuts.

Chafee referred yesterday to the broad-based, bipartisan Iraq Study Group that Congress created, a process Chafee approved of. The study group recommended a gradual pullback of American forces, and insistence that the Iraqi government take more responsibility for security. But he said that since the study group made its recommendations, which he agreed with, “no one’s paid any attention to them.”

As the election approached, Chafee cited his record opposing Republican initiatives like drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Yesterday, he criticized Republican leaders for abandoning fiscal conservatism, once a mainstay of Republican politics, by passing tax cuts without spending cuts to balance the resulting loss of revenue.

He said the “starve the beast” strategy that Republicans have used in an attempt to shrink government has undermined social programs that bolster a strong American middle class. He mentioned Pell grants, which help needy students attend college, and Head Start programs, which support the education of low-income children. Instead of supporting those “good social programs,” he said, the party’s approach was “squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.”

Ironically, after all of Chafee’s opposition to the Republican policies he disagreed with, the party helped him survive a primary challenge from the right, from former Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey. National Republican leaders supported Chafee, having concluded that even though Chafee had voted against many of President Bush’s initiatives, including authorizing the Iraq war, he was the only Republican who could win in Rhode Island.

Laffey has since attacked the national Republican leadership from the other side in a book saying that the party’s support for Chafee instead of himself was one of the reasons the Republicans were trounced in last year’s midterm elections.

But even a dissident Republican senator couldn’t satisfy voters when polls showed that President Bush was more unpopular here than in any other state. Chafee lost the Senate seat that he and his father, John H. Chafee, together held for 30 years. The victor was Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, who pounded on one issue: Chafee had supported the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate.

Chafee said he’s happy with his current situation — in January, Brown University made him a distinguished visiting fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies.

He said he regrets that leaving the Republican Party means leaving the Rhode Island Republican Party, where he said he admires politicians such as Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and State Rep. Nicholas Gorham, R-Coventry, for “fighting the good fight.”

However, he said, “The national shadow just got too great for me.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
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"Chafee quietly quits the GOP"

This is great news! One less RINO to contaminate the GOP.

1 posted on 09/19/2007 2:52:55 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 09/19/2007 2:53:52 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Don’t let the doorknob hit ya’ on the way out!............you might like it, though......


3 posted on 09/19/2007 2:58:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: DogByte6RER
“It’s not my party any more,” he said.

I don't know why not. Giuliani might well be its next presidential nominee.

4 posted on 09/19/2007 3:02:26 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: DogByte6RER

He strikes me as a “wide-stance, toe tapper” ‘f’ya aks me!


5 posted on 09/19/2007 3:02:32 PM PDT by dbacks (I forgot to pay the rent on my tagline.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Bye, don’t let the door hit you in the %ss:-()


6 posted on 09/19/2007 3:03:38 PM PDT by geo40xyz ((Born a democRAT, Dad set me free in 1952: He said that I was not required to be a MF'ing democRAT))
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To: dbacks

I was thinking the same.

I add “toe tapper” as a keyword for this thread.


7 posted on 09/19/2007 3:04:00 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Red Badger
Too bad this didn't’t happen long ago he was the poster Boy for RINO’s. You could not depend on him for support at any time. He was more of a Dim than a Republican.
8 posted on 09/19/2007 3:05:07 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy, other times I let her sleep/)
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To: DogByte6RER
“It’s not my party any more,” he said.

When was it?

9 posted on 09/19/2007 3:05:14 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Red Badger
Too bad this didn't’t happen long ago he was the poster Boy for RINO’s. You could not depend on him for support at any time. He was more of a Dim than a Republican.
10 posted on 09/19/2007 3:05:18 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy, other times I let her sleep/)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Chafee’s departure is another step in the waning of the strain of moderate Republicanism that was once a winning political philosophy..."

Who writes this tripe? Oh wait the liberal MSM. Chafee was not a "moderate" he was a liberal PERIOD!
11 posted on 09/19/2007 3:05:24 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: DogByte6RER

As I said on a earlier post, how will anyone be able to tell?


12 posted on 09/19/2007 3:05:55 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: DogByte6RER

Good riddance....


13 posted on 09/19/2007 3:06:00 PM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: DogByte6RER

You WON’T be missed...

However, I’m not so mean as to not wish you well in whatever you do next, Mr. Chaffee.


14 posted on 09/19/2007 3:06:37 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Chafee said he disaffiliated from the party “in June or July,” making him an unaffiliated voter. He did so quietly, and until yesterday, he said, “No one’s asked me about it.”

Well, thank heavens someone finally thought to ask, otherwise we'd go on and on wondering what old Linc was up to.

He said he made the move because “I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status.”

So his affiliation is now "unaffiliated"? Gotta love a man of such convictions.

15 posted on 09/19/2007 3:08:59 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: DogByte6RER

He almost switched Parties before his reelection loss last year.

He likely figured that he would need as many Republican votes as he could muster and so stayed in the Party.

Well, he lost, and perhaps he’ll run as a Democrat down the road.

Whatever, the man is slime.


16 posted on 09/19/2007 3:11:42 PM PDT by Radix (Nothing else to do but raise eyebrows and wreak havoc on FR.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

He almost switched Parties before his reelection loss last year.

He likely figured that he would need as many Republican votes as he could muster and so stayed in the Party.

Well, he lost, and perhaps he’ll run as a Democrat down the road.

Whatever, the man is slime.


17 posted on 09/19/2007 3:11:48 PM PDT by Radix (Nothing else to do but raise eyebrows and wreak havoc on FR.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

You can’t leave somewhere you’ve never been.

Buh-bye, RINO, and don’t let my door hit you in the @$$ on the way out.


18 posted on 09/19/2007 3:11:57 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Graybeard58

NEVER! You can douse a turd with perfume. It’ll still be a turd.


19 posted on 09/19/2007 3:12:05 PM PDT by ssapro (SSAPRO/ EXBP)
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To: DogByte6RER
Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead

He "helped lead" the Republicans the way Alger Hiss helped to lead the State Department. When he goes on to his eternal reward, I hope he isn't surprised that he has to share a bunk with Lowell Weicker.
20 posted on 09/19/2007 3:18:04 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ((Not a newbie, just wanted a new screen name))
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To: DogByte6RER
I think we need a good email address so we can all bid Chafme a fond farewell.
21 posted on 09/19/2007 3:20:55 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hagel is not running again. McCain is in the McCan. Jeffords is gone. Chaffee is gone. Spector? You’re next. Then Snowe, Collins, Graham ...


22 posted on 09/19/2007 3:23:54 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: DogByte6RER
..the “starve the beast” strategy that Republicans have used

holeey moleey...did I sleep through something?

What republicans is he talking about?

Certainly not the big spenders that have been running things for the past 6 years.

23 posted on 09/19/2007 3:24:24 PM PDT by evad
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To: DogByte6RER

In order to “leave” one has to have been somewhere in the first place...he merely is admitting who and what he is after all..


24 posted on 09/19/2007 3:25:56 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile.)
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To: DogByte6RER

When, pray tell, was the Republican party platform that of higher taxes, running away from trouble, increased environmental regulation, and loosening of moral standards regarding sex, drugs and violence?

Oh yeah, those were the party platform of Reagan!

/s


25 posted on 09/19/2007 3:29:31 PM PDT by pianomikey (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. -Reagan)
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To: IronJack
Hagel is not running again. McCain is in the McCan. Jeffords is gone. Chaffee is gone. Spector? You’re next. Then Snowe, Collins, Graham ...

You're right, we still have a lot of dirty dishwater to clean out...

26 posted on 09/19/2007 3:32:49 PM PDT by pianomikey (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. -Reagan)
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To: DogByte6RER

Who?


27 posted on 09/19/2007 3:56:58 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: DogByte6RER

There’s a few more I wish would quit the party and they still hold office.


28 posted on 09/19/2007 4:57:02 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: DogByte6RER

I think Chafee is probably a toe-tapper in men’s restrooms.


29 posted on 09/19/2007 4:59:04 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Have you developed your 2008 bug-out plan?)
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To: DogByte6RER
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30 posted on 09/19/2007 5:00:52 PM PDT by RoadKingSE
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To: DogByte6RER

He looks like a european version of Kim Jong Il


31 posted on 09/19/2007 5:02:40 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: DogByte6RER
because the national Republican Party has gone too far away from his stance

..what do you mean?...I love his stance

32 posted on 09/19/2007 7:01:06 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (NY Times: "fake but accurate")
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To: DogByte6RER
the strain of moderate Republicanism that was once a winning political philosophy from Rhode Island and Connecticut to the Canadian border.

Boy, there goes a real power surge. "As Maine goes, so goes Rhode Island."

33 posted on 09/19/2007 7:04:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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