Mac Owens & His Encounter with Sen. Chafee
Anchor Rising Contributor Mac Owens has posted this story about an encounter with Senator Chafee on The Corner:
Chafee is a disgrace. In February 2002, I was invited to give some remarks at the North Kingstown Republican Town Committee’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner. This is a big event each year and all of the Rhode Island Republicans are there. The title of my speech that night was “Abraham Lincoln, the American Founding, and the Principles of the Republican Party,” which I think at some point was published on NRO. In any event, Chafee was there and sitting at a table right in front of the podium. When I reached the penultimate paragraph of my speech, I looked right at him and said:
“As the country music philosopher, Aaron Tippin, said in a song a few years back, “you’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” Republicans have traditionally stood for limited government to protect equal rights. If the Party of Lincoln ever abandons its fealty to the principles of the Declaration, it will become little more than a pale imitation of the redistributionist Democratic Party. And Republicans can never hope to match the Democrats in offering a government solution for every problem, real or imagined.”
Chafee’s face turned absolutely scarlet. I heard from a party guy later that evening that Chafee was livid. I was elated.
Shortly after 9/11, I was talking to a friend of mine who is a TV reporter. He is a great guy but his politics are conventionally liberal. He was disgusted with Chafee because when he asked for Chafee’s response to the attacks, our senator wouldn’t give him an answer. Apparently, he needed to see what others thought first. Even liberals are disgusted by Chafee’s lack of backbone.
I voted for him in 2000. I will never pull the lever for him again. As a Southerner, I come from a long line of “Yellow-Dog Democrats” and in keeping with this legacy, I will vote for a yellow dog before I will vote for this spineless disgrace.
Incidentally, the speech to which Mac refers is available here.
UPDATE: Anonymous commenter “Anthony” had this to say about Mac’s post:
Suffice to say, I do recall Chafee’s reaction to the incident. Maybe Chafee didn’t give the reporter the sound bite he was looking for, but to suggest the Chafee wasn’t bothered by the 9/11 attacks is just factually untrue. It is shameful to suggest otherwise. . .
So let me get this straight, you used Senator Chafee’s name to raise money for the North Kingstown GOP and then proceeded to intentionally insult the person who helped you raise the money? Afterwards you were glad that you embarassed a special guest? Nice. Real classy.
I bear responsibility for cross-posting Mac’s comments on NRO here at Anchor Rising. I have informed Mac of these comments and leave it up to him to respond if he so wishes.
UPDATE II: Mac responds:
I take it that Anthony doesn’t like my assessment of the good senator’s attachment to the principles of the Republican Party. But if he were to actually read my speech he would see that I had no intention of embarrassing Chafee. He does a fine job of that on his own. The purpose of my speech was to remind a group of Republicans about the legacy of their Party, a legacy too many Republicans, Chafee most certainly among them, have forgotten or abandoned. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know Chafee would be there when I was composing the speech. The fact that he was livid told me that at least one person there understood what I was talking about.
I probably shouldn’t have related the second hand story about Chafee’s response to 9/11, but I believe the reporter’s account. He is a very well known reporter whose liberal credentials are impeccable. Nonetheless, I shouldn’t have added it to my post. For this I apologize.
Anthony needs to develop a sense of humor. I know Aaron Tippin is not a real philosopher. But sometimes there is wisdom in the most mundane things. For instance, when it comes to women, I take my motto from a Sawyer Brown song. “Some girls don’t like guys like me. Ah, but some girls do.” Now that’s true country philosophy.
In any event. I’ll still vote for that yellow dog before I pull the lever for Chafee again.