Lincoln Chafee and Destructive Beasts

According to Philip Elliot of the Associated Press, former Senator and Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Lincoln Chafee had this to say about Mike Castle’s defeat in Delaware’s Senatorial Primary…

[Chafee] pointed to Castle’s loss Tuesday as the latest example of a competent lawmaker losing his seat in an unrealistic purity test.
“These primaries, they’re destructive beasts,” Chafee said in an interview with The Associated Press at his campaign headquarters. “If those people are going to control the Republican Party, good luck. You’ll have a tough time getting into the majority. Ever.”
The reaction raises the question of what Mr. Chafee thinks about primary results closer to home and more immediately relevant to the office he is currently seeking.
In Tuesday night’s Rhode Island statewide primary, the issue of pension reform was the purity test for the Rhode Island Democratic party’s organized labor wing. Progressives, venerable party stalwarts (i.e. Al Gemma), and conservative-leaners all were expelled from their seats, basically for having supported recent reform proposals brought to the legislative floor. Does Senator Chafee believe that organized labor’s singular focus on opposing pension reform in this primary is feeding a “destructive beast” within the Rhode Island Democratic party, or does he find purity tests to be acceptable when applied by organized labor to its particular goals?
Details on Tuesday’s nights primary results in Rhode Island are available here.

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joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

This miserable puke Chafee,coasting on his father’s name is beyond belief.
His father was an admirable man.’Nuff said.
This apple fell way,way,away from the tree.
On the Taricani/Rapelye show one morning he whined like a little child -“they primaried me,they primaried me”-well,it was a sure bet they didn’t have to neuter him,that was a given.
Anyone who votes for him is really not thinking.This is a leader?He has no idea about life’s struggles-and this goes out to my more leftist friends here,who certainly may know what life’s about.
Anyone who thinks a tax on life’s essentials is a good idea is a complete idiot.
Chafee thinks e-Verify is “big brother” and “unfair” to illegal aliens.(WTF??)
Of course he plans putting gun owners through a virtual colonoscopy-let him try if he(God Forbid)wins.He’ll get back in spades.He’s so effete he can’t see how he induces anger and resentment from folks who’ve had uncertainty in their lives {snip} {JB: I’m not discouraging you from expressing your honest opinions, just asking that you take a different direction with the metaphors — CAM}.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

CAM-no sweat bud,probably a good move on your part.
It might only have provided fuel for his deluded followers.

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
11 years ago

The funny part is that Caprio, Gemma, Gablinske, Costantino were so vilified for such minuscule pension changes that the word “reform” can scarcely be mentioned in reference to them.
This state is truly doomed. Welcome to East Detroit. Si Si Puede!

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

“The funny part is that Caprio, Gemma, Gablinske, Costantino were so vilified for such minuscule pension changes that the word “reform” can scarcely be mentioned in reference to them.”
That’s exactly right.

JC
JC
11 years ago

Chafee will be putting out a pension reform plan soon. Keep your eyes peeled if you actually care about this issue and not just predictions of doom and personal attacks.

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

Tommy Cranston,
A little Spanish lesson for you. The phrase is Sí (with accent mark over the “i”) se (meaning “one”, as in “one can”)and puede which is the third person singular of the verb poder, to be able. Have a little respect for the language, por favor.
OldTimeLefty

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