Keep Chafee… Out of the Senate
That is the slogan that will determine my vote tomorrow. Under the present circumstances, there could be no worse outcome than to reinforce Republicans’ belief that we must keep them in power regardless of their beliefs and behavior.
Frankly, I disagree with Orson Scott Card. “A chance” that Republicans will get the War on Terror right in the face of the palpable wrongness of Democrats is not good enough. Republicans must learn that the opposition’s absolute looniness does not amount to a get-into-office free card, and more importantly, Democrats must learn that trafficking in insanity is not acceptable among our nation’s leaders. To answer the first imperative, the Republicans must suffer electoral hardship. To answer the second, the Democrats must be given some responsibility — even with (perhaps especially with) the expectation that they will not live up to it.
The Rhode Island Senate race consists entirely of this choice: Either it is better that Lincoln Chafee wins, or it is better that he loses. As much as I sympathize with the poetic justice of a write-in vote, that route strikes me as passive negligence. Either Chafee should win, or he should lose. Standing aside and allowing your vote to be thrown in an “other” pile shirks the responsibility to make a decision. Chafee in, or Chafee out.
The Democrats could not have given us a better temporary repository of undeserved power on their side of the race.
There is really only one possible interpretation of Republican ballots that go toward Sheldon Whitehouse, and mine will be one.