November 9, 2004


Chafee ends speculation: He'll remain a Republican: After angering many in his party with Election Day comments, the senator says he was partly swayed by GOP leaders in the Senate. (JOHN E. MULLIGAN, November 9, 2004, Providence Journal)

Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee said yesterday that he will remain in the Republican fold and "work hard to regain the support" of Republicans upset over his Election Day comments on his vote against President Bush and his consideration of a party switch.

Chafee said he would also reach out to Mr. Bush "at the proper time," adding, "I wouldn't blame him if he were angry at me."

Folks don't switch to the minority very often. Time to let Jim Jeffords in from the Cold too--it would let the President look like he's reaching across the aisle when in fact he'd just be boosting his majority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 10:34 AM

Collins and Snowe might go indy, but that red swatch and 1 vote did go to W.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 9, 2004 10:47 AM

I second your suggestion, with the proviso that we won't hear a peep(negative) out of Jeffords regarding judgeships.

Posted by: h-man at November 9, 2004 10:49 AM

I know you're more into numbers than ideological purity, and there's a lot of merit to that argument, but honestly, do we really want Jim Jeffords back? When, in 30 years as a pseudo-Republican, did he ever help his party out with anything? When has he ever been anything but a manhole cover chained around the neck of the party? While it would make giggle like a crazy monkey to see VT lefties feverishly scraping those "Thanks Jim!" stickers off their cars, I'd rather run him out of office altogether in '06. I still think there's a killing to be made selling "Screw you, Jim!" stickers to disgruntled VT Republicans.

Posted by: Governor Breck at November 9, 2004 10:55 AM


He passed the tax cuts.

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2004 11:02 AM

Except when the majority is at stake (i.e. 51-49, 50-50) voting patterns mean more than party registration. Jeffords can convert back to GOP if he wants but if he continues to vote against the GOP it doesn't matter. It makes more sense to woo Dem Senators from red states than to woo Jeffords who may not run again anyway. There might be some PR value to Jeffords coming back but VT is such a small state it doesn't make sense for the GOP to try and turn it red again.

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 11:04 AM

OJ - yes he didn't switch until after the cuts were passed but he (along with Specter, Collins, and Snowe and Chafee) had the cuts reduced from 1.6TR to 1.3TR.

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 11:06 AM

"He passed the tax cuts."

Well, bully for our side! That's one; how many times in 30 years did he vote against his party? How many times did he actively work to sabotage his party? How many times did he work to sabotage the national security of this country? I stand firm: Jeffords can't come back in from the cold. On 11/8/06 Jeffords sleeps with the fishes.

Posted by: Governor Breck at November 9, 2004 11:17 AM

Let him come back if he wants but don't woo him.

Save the wooing for the likes of Zell Miller. And, by the way, let's give him an active voice/roll in the party that might be to his liking. His was a great favor to GW and to all the former JF Kennedy Democrats who long ago made the switch from the party of the left (overs).

Posted by: genecis at November 9, 2004 11:43 AM


No Jeffords, no cuts.

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2004 11:45 AM

The GOP is better off without Jeffords. Vermont has elected and now re-elected a real Republican to the governorship so even there hope exists. All he does is clog up the works.

If Chafee were to switch, he would lose a primary to a Democrat and be back shoeing horses.

Both Snowe and Collins are hardline pro-Pentagon types unwelcome in the Democrat caucuc.

Posted by: Bart at November 9, 2004 11:55 AM

Pro-Pentagon, or just pro-military bases in their district/state? Don't we have a number of bases there to keep those Canadian Maritimers on their sideo of the border?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 9, 2004 12:24 PM

Actually, they've been quite reliable. They were both for the Iraq War and against the International Criminal Court.

Posted by: Bart at November 9, 2004 7:33 PM

An argument could be made that Chafee's would be the most vulnerable Republican seat up in '06 for precisely this reason (ie, the potential of a party switch). If he stays in the fold, how many other seats are even on the table for Dems?

Posted by: AC at November 10, 2004 6:04 PM