Friday :: Nov 19, 2004

You Ain't No Abe, Lincoln!


by pessimist

Recently, RHODE ISLAND Senator Lincoln Chafee announced that he was considering leaving the Republican Party. Sadly, he didn't, and new Minority Leader Harry Reid may have (mis)played his role in this.

Chafee: Reid Asked Him About Joining Dems

Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a moderate often at odds with GOP conservatives, disclosed Wednesday that the leader of Senate Democrats sounded him out about switching parties in the aftermath of President Bush's re-election.

Chafee said he rebuffed the offer from Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in a follow-up phone conversation the same day, adding that Reid offered "no deal or anything like that" as an incentive to cross the political aisle.

"We had a brief conversation, just hello," Chafee said in an interview.

Reid was heavily involved in discussions in 2001 that prompted Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont to leave the Republican Party and become an independent. The move, in a Senate then divided 50-50 along party lines, deprived the GOP of its majority and transferred power to the Democrats.

Under the current circumstances, with Republicans holding 55 seats in the new Congress, a switch would have been far less momentous and would have stripped Chafee of any bargaining power with GOP leaders.

Chafee said he made his decision for the good of his state, and that GOP leaders assured him of their support against any primary challenger in 2006.

Lincoln, you're toast. Do you really believe that these rat bastards are going to 'remember' that they promised you primary support when they run some party hack loyalist against you, like Thune was run against Daschle? If you do, don't bogart that joint, my friend. Pass it over to me - I'll need it when your blatant pandering for political love and attention costs me another civil liberty.

As for Reid, you needed to do better than that. Did we not have many difficulties because Tom Daschle was such a weak caucus leader? This doesn't bode well for the future of the country.

Why do I feel like life has become Groundhog's Day?

{Thanks to Dave from CT for the Electronic Blue Pencil.)


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