Friday, November 10, 2006

In a Foxhole with Lincoln Chafee Watching Your Back

Rhode Island is my second home, and since I was born and raised there, I follow the politics and happenings in the state. The name, Chafee, is a revered one there, as the Senator’s father served honorably and well in the military during World War II and as governor and senator from that state.

“Lincoln Chafee's family tree includes Sen. Henry Lippitt, who served from 1911 to 1917, and Harvard University's notable legal scholar, the late Zechariah Chaffee. (The family uses several spellings of the Chafee name). His father, John, served three terms as Rhode Island governor and more than 20 years in the U.S. Senate.

Chafee, 53, was elected to four terms as mayor of Warwick before declaring his candidacy for his father's seat in 1999. John Chafee died shortly after, and his son was appointed to replace him before winning election in 2000.”

The present senator, Lincoln Chafee, who was just defeated for reelection, is a nominal Republican who is well known for his liberal and sometimes ditzy ways. He has offered virtually no support for fellow Republicans, opposed the war in Afghanistan at the start, opposed tax cuts and opposed the Iraq War. He is probably best known for his decision to write-in the name of Bush 41 during the election of 2004. No-one has ever come forward to explain the meaning of that move.

Despite this record, a hard calculation was made by the Republican National Committee to support Senator Chafee in his primary fight against a conservative Republican, Stephen Laffey, because Chafee was thought more likely to retain the seat for Republicans in the strange world of Rhode Island politics. The RNC ran many ads for Chafee and poured much money into his campaign in the primary, which he won, and in the general election just held, which he lost.

Today, Senator Lincoln Chafee showed his colors by announcing that he would block the confirmation of the wonderful man we have in the UN, John Bolton, and that furthermore, he would no longer be a Republican. This is the way this man shows his gratitude. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, Link.

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At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a slap in the face joke the Bolton nomination was in the first place. Shortly after winning the election with a commanding 51-49% mandate, w nominates this walrus/neanderthal to the most sensitive diplomatic post we've got. That panzy Chafee wouldn't vote for Bush Jr. in 2004 (he bizarrely wrote in George Sr.) but he would vote for Bolton at the UN? Moron--no wonder he lost on Tuesday. See ya Bolton, and good riddance, you and the rest of the Neocons are officially relegated into the dustbin of history.

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Jeffrey W said...

You summed it up well, Mr. Wilcox. Lincoln Chafee is no more than an empty opportunist with no core beliefs other than his own gain. Good riddance.

At 4:27 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves Jr. said...

I agree with you Russ. Lincoln Chafee was just a Liberal Democrat in Republican clothes. As for Bolton, they're making a big mistake if they take him out. It's going to be business as usual at the U.N. with someone else in there going along with U.N. Delegates and their crooked little schemes, and the deceiving will go on and on. Good riddance Linc! If they're smart, and I'm using this term loosely because Democrats haven't proven to be too intelligent when it comes to making smart choices on anything they've done so far, they'll keep Bolton.


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