Does Governor Wannabe Chafee Believe in Bloody Sock Conspiracy?
I try not to dwell on Sen. Chafee too much. But, since he’s leading in the polls, it is worth asking if Rhode Island voters want an ill-informed, gullible conspiracy-believer as their next governor. From the ProJo 7to7 blog:
Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is questioning whether Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling faked his bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series….Chafee said he doesn’t know if he trusts Schilling, and incorrectly said Schilling’s own teammates questioned whether Schilling faked his bloody sock. A Baltimore Orioles broadcaster claimed in 2007 that Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli said it was faked, but Mirabelli denied it, and the broadcaster later apologized.
A Chafee spokesman said later that Chafee’s mistrust isn’t because of the sock, but because he’s using taxpayers’ money for a business with no track record.
Well, that last is spin (and they’re still spinning). Regardless of whether Chafee really does believe in the conspiracy or if it was indeed a “tongue in cheek” comment, it’s important that Chafee–who supposedly bemoans dirty politics and likes to put forward a holier-than-thou, I’m-above-partisan-politics persona–chose to go with a personal attack. So, to re-phrase my first question: Even if he doesn’t like the new deal cut between the State of RI’s Economic Development Corporation and Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios (the efficacy of the deal is another discussion), do Rhode Islanders want a Governor who will publicly question the trustworthiness of the owner of a company that just agreed to relocate to your state? That’s impolitic, to say the least, and this whole episode is yet another example of Chafee’s questionable, um, reasoning ability. So, do we really want a nice, albeit sorta crazy, uncle running the state?