Lincoln Chafee is in! He is running for President! For the first time in centuries, a man who has worked professionally as a blacksmith* is gunning for The White House. The Republic is saved. He is running as the last vestige of the old, Liberal Northern GOP. If you wondered what had become of the Progressive Wing of The GOP, Lincoln Chafee’s recent cursus honorem tells an indicative story.
Chafee served in the Senate as a Republican, but left the party in 2007 to become an independent. He was an active supporter of President Obama in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns and was elected governor in 2010 as an independent. In 2013, Chafee became a Democrat, though did not seek reelection in 2014 amid low approval ratings.
Like the unimpressive Lindsay Graham in the GOP, Lincoln Chafee intends to base his campaign on a renewed debate over George W. Bush’s Iraq War. He believes nobody who voted in favor of it is credible enough to run for President. He is running for The Democratic Party nomination. Only one candidate in either party was physically present in Congress to approve President Bush’s request for the use of force authorization. Then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Lincoln Chafee opines below.
“I don’t think anybody should be president of the United States that made that mistake” of voting for the Iraq War, Chafee told The Post in April. “It’s a huge mistake, and we live with broad, broad ramifications today — of instability not only in the Middle East but far beyond and the loss of American credibility. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Now several questions abound that Governor Chafee will have to answer. So if he’s Pro-Choice, Pro-Union, Pro-Tax, Anti-War and a huge fan of Barack Obama, then why was it that he spent seven years of his life as a Republican Senator? That would be because his dad was a GOP Senator and he inherited the seat like one to the manor born.
Just how, exactly does a liberal governor of Rhode Island essentially get forced to step down as a result of poor approval ratings? Performance. He failed to rectify the fact that Rhode Island has one of the grossest and most exploitive sex trades in America. And the state budget was getting fulsomely screwed under Governor Chafee as well. You see he was in the process of honoring a promise to organized labor that their pensions would accrue a guaranteed return of 8.25% per year. In 2011, this was not possible for any financial entity other than Goldman Sachs or The Clinton Foundation. It comes as no shock or surprise that the Democratic Party State Treasurer who tried to get Governor Chafee to fix this problem is now Governor Gina Raimondo.
Here’s another question. It’s a question I’d like to ask both [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] and Lindsay Graham on the GOP side of the primaries as well. If you guys have such strong opinions on how previous US Presidents have handled Iraq, what do you propose we do about ISIS now? Lindsay Graham may well opine we should bomb them back into the Stone Age. [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] could conceivably propose passing the Tabasco Sauce and watching them eat one another. That thump you just heard was Lincoln Chafee dropping his microphone in response to the same query.
And that mic-drop is indicative of what we can expect from Lincoln Chafee any time he is in charge of anything. He is still the same guy who worked as a blacksmith while his dad took care of all the responsible stuff as a US Senator. His record as a senator and a governor show a fundamental unwillingness to do or vote for anything Justin Bieber would not like on Facebook. He is essentially running for Veep. A position that he is very, nearly, almost but not quite qualified for.
*-His dad was a Senator from Rhode Island, so he could afford to follow his lack of passion.