The Obama Endorsement: Chafee Is As Chafee Does
Posted by Mike on February 14, 2008
Once upon a time, many thought that the sole purpose of this website to bash Lincoln Chafee and with good reason. All three of us are conservative Republicans who were born and raised in Rhode Island, and we were naturally disgusted with the leftist leanings of our former Senator. After siding with the Democrats on the War on Terror (including its Iraq front), taxes, overregulation, abortion on demand, gun control, affirmative action, and even the 2004 Presidential election, it was clear that Chafee needed to be defeated, preferably in a primary. Alas, some things were not meant to be.
What bothers me about today’s news that Lincoln Chafee endorsed Barack Obama is not the endorsement itself. Those of us who knew what the guy was all about saw something like this coming a long time ago. What really grinds my gears is the fact that the Republican National Senatorial Committee and other national party people did not. Rather than using the rank and file’s hard-earned and well-intentioned contributions to support conservative (or even somewhat loyal moderate) incumbents and viable challengers, the national organization used its supporters’ money to prop up a disloyal leftist at the expense of a moderate-to-conservative challenger.
Many of the same Republican leaders who propped up Chafee in 2006 will express outrage over this endorsement, but they have no credibility when they do so. Lincoln Chafee tipped his hand years ago, and nothing he does today should come as a surprise. Chafee is as Chafee does. He always has been.
Photo via the Boston Globe-Democrat