September 13, 2006

WHO'S PAUL HACKETT?:

Moderate GOP Senator Beats Conservative Challenger in R.I. (Shailagh Murray and Zachary A. Goldfarb, 9/13/06, Washington Post)

Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, a moderate who has frequently clashed with the Bush administration, beat back a strong conservative challenger Tuesday night in the GOP primary in Rhode Island.

The victory came amid heavy turnout, after the same Republican establishment that Chafee has so often defied rallied to his side with money and logistical support for a vigorous get-out-the-vote effort. While there is little personal affection for Chafee at the White House, operatives there and in the Republican Party leadership calculated that he is the GOP's best chance of holding the seat in a Democratic-leaning state in November.

The Chafee win represented a rare bit of political good news for Republicans...


Rare? Hasn't every one of these supposed critical tests turned out well for the Party and badly for the Left and far Right?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2006 7:59 AM
Comments

There are some years when having the more conservative candidate beat the goo-goo Republican might be worth the gamble. But not when our control of the Senate is a possible casualty.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 13, 2006 7:26 PM

Oy, it was painful for me to say that.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 13, 2006 7:26 PM

It's painful for me to agree with you.

Posted by: erp at September 14, 2006 6:07 PM

erp:

It's like the old sports advice: Endure the pain now, so you can celebrate later.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 14, 2006 7:34 PM
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