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Chafee May Leave GOP

Posted on Nov 10, 2006
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Rhode Island’s Sen. Lincoln Chafee says he may leave the Republican Party after losing in Tuesday’s election despite voting against the war in Iraq.

AP via SFgate:

Chafee said he has not decided what to do after leaving office, but he hoped to stay involved in public life. He said his loss may have helped the country by switching control of Congress.

“The people have spoken all across America. They want the Democrats and Republicans to work together,” he said. “I think the president now is going to have to talk to the Democrats. I think that’s going to be good for America.”

Chafee said he waged a lonely campaign to bring the party to the middle. He described attending weekly lunches with fellow GOP senators and standing up to argue his point of view, often alone.

“There were times walking into my caucus room where it wasn’t fun,” he said, adding that he stayed with the GOP largely because it helped him bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island.


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By Margaret Currey, November 10, 2006 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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I am a registered democrat, and ocassionally vote green of independent, and I recognize Chaffe as a very liberal Republician or a moderate Democrat, and I think it would be good for Chaffee to switch sides, because one must recognize that some Republicians have the good of the country, which is what our congress should be about, not letting the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  Maybe the DEMS will sent the special interests packing.

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By Megan, November 10, 2006 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Hello Lee,
  The power of your semantics held my attention.
You must post more.  Your message needs to be
sent out, not only to those of us who care, [but]
for the ones that are completely clueless.
Thank you.

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By Lee Veal, November 10, 2006 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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There may be a lot of GOPers who lost their a——uh, seats in the Tuesday sweep of both houses of Congress by the Dems, who finally see that the vaunted Republinazi agenda is a complete and utter failure.  The PATRIOT Act was a giant step toward fascism, as was the Torture Act signed just weeks ago.  The Reeps who were just handed their head on a plate, lameduck though they are, should start NOW to repeal both of the so called ‘Good for America’ travesties of representative democracy. 

The repeal of those two acts should then pave the way to hold Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfewitcz et al accountable for the high crimes and misdemeanors that they perpetrated on the US Citizenry (i.e. the country).  Impeach all of them.  Convict all of them in Senate.  Remove all of them from office.  (Okay, Bush already symbolically lopped off Rummy’s head as a sacrifical scapegoat.)  Then try all of them in Federal court for treason.  Convict them, and send them to prison.

Send a message to ANY future president be he/she Reep, Dem, Libr, or GDI, that treason will not be tolerated (period).

I’m not seeking vengeance, but we do need real (not Reep-style) justice to prevail.

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