An Open Letter to Elizabeth Dole

(Lincoln Chafee, what a schmuck… – promoted by Cool Cal)

With all the discussion lately about Republicans focusing on the issues, I found it quite interesting that this post on the Club for Growth web site crossed my desk this morning. Has Lincoln Chafee ever been on the Republican side of an issue?

February 14, 2008

An Open Letter to Elizabeth Dole

Dear Senator Dole,

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to you for dedicating nearly $2 million of the NRSC’s resources to Linc Chafee’s reelection campaign in 2006 when you were the NRSC’s chairwoman. I confess: For a long time, I questioned the wisdom of that move-after all Chafee didn’t even vote for President Bush in 2004-but now that the former Senator Chafee has left the Republican Party and announced his endorsement of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama today, I finally see the wisdom of that strategy.

Never mind that Senator Chafee voted against the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts; never mind that Chafee was the only Republican to vote against Justice Alito’s confirmation; never mind that Chafee admitted that the only reason he remained a Republican was because the Republican majority made it easier to secure pork projects; never mind that a number of real Republican candidates could have benefitted from the NRSC’s resources during the 2006 cycle-it is clear today that Senator Chafee was worthy of your defense and support, as you argued so eloquently during the 2006 cycle: “It’s not about liberal or conservative. It’s about protecting incumbents no matter what their views.” As Senator Chafee declared Barack Obama “the best candidate for the job,” it is clear that you were right and we grass roots conservatives were dismally wrong. My deepest apologies for doubting you.


Nachama Soloveichik

[Full Disclosure: I was the Communications Director for Steve Laffey’s primary challenge against Lincoln Chafee.]…

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  • Karl Marx

    He wrote in George H.W. Bush’s name in the 2004 election. He was loved by the New York Times. He voted against Sam Alito who had to work for everything he got in life compared to this patrician twit. I’m glad Sheldon Whitehouse kicked his ass.  

  • The Angelic One

    Former US Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tried playing the insider game too when he endorsed his colleague’s re-election bid. Incumbent US Senator Arlen Specter faced a tough primary challenge from former congressman Pat Toomey (now president & CEO of the Club for Growth). Toomey was as conservative as Specter was liberal. Santorum threw his weight behind Specter. Conservatives were appalled that a politician they thought as one of their own would abjure a fellow conservative & embrace an establishment liberal politican. Specter won his re-election bid. When Santorum’s re-election came up, conservatives either sat out the election or (if they weren’t Republican) voted for pro-life Democrat Casey. Payback is a bitch although I do think its funny that the same Santorum who supported liberal Specter is the same Santorum who claims that John McCain isn’t conservative enough for him. Oy.

  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    That’s about all I can say.  If he was still there we would have control of the Senate.

  • Festus Garvey

    If you can’t support the candidate(s) within your–particularly the Presidental nominee–you should leave the party.  That is what Chafee did–he was to the left of the party.  Now much of the discussion here comes from the far rightwing who can’t support a conserative like John MCCain (and dispite the emotional charges being spewed here–he is a conserative).  Just like Chafee left the party because he was to liberal and couldn’t support the conseratives, the far right posters should also leave the Republican Party becuase they can not support the mainstream conserative candidate for President.

    That is the simple lesson to learn from this posting.

  • Knightbrigade

    the Republican party is NOT breaking up.

    WE are all (excluding the trolls) on the right (at least I HOPE) on the ideology scale, it’s just to different degrees.

    I am considered an ultra-conservative economic and social, but I’m not stupid enough to join some goofball fringe group if I don’t get the guy I want.

    The bottom line is we have a TWO party system Republicans-Democrats.

    Basically Republicans are the (conservative) party, Democrats the (liberal/progressive) party.

    As the Republican party shifts slowly to the center, the Democrats are shifting slowly to the left. This scares the crap out of ultra-conservatives like myself. So we bark at so-called moderate-conservatives to hold the line, sometimes very harshly.

    We must remember that we ALL are conservatives to one degree or another, and the consequences of self destruction would be horrific.