Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Regarding Chafee: You Can't Touch This

According to the Projo, House Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) is not all that optimistic about his party's chances of unseating Lincoln Chafee. He said "We'll have to look at it. But right now, you know . . ." Rhode Islanders love Lincoln Chafee for reasons I cannot understand. In a recent Zogby Poll, 46% of those polled said they would vote for Chafee over 'someone else' if the race was held today (only 25% said they would vote for 'someone else'). Given that both Democrats and Republicans have or are about to take shots at our junior Senator, those numbers are mindboggling! But maybe Rhode Islanders like Chafee because he votes his conscious (according to this same poll 79% believe he does) and doesn't beat to the drum of Republican brass. This has angered hardline Democrats and Republicans who would rather have someone more to the left or right than Chafee. Yet, Rhode Island residents have always been independent-voting for the people of the office versus the party label. I think that's a good thing and so here's a little word of advice for any would-be Chafee challenger-do not attack him saying he's a Bush-ite, that's false and you'll catch a beat down, nor try and say that he's too liberal-the state is probably slightly left of Chafee and this won't resonate with most voters. All in all, if anyone hopes to defeat Chafee in 2006, they will have to craft their message not as anti-Chafee but as pro-Me. They'll have to do what John Kerry was unable to do against a relatively unpopular George Bush. If not, can you say 2012?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wjar channel 10 is running a poll

just google it and it will come up

chafee: 55%
laffey: 45%
(over 1800 ballots cast)

I have confidence in Lincoln Chafee as a Senator, I cannot say the same thing about Mayor Laffey.

Robert

4/26/2005 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Robert,

That Channel 10 "poll" is not a scientific survey of likely voters in the manner of the Zogby poll. At best it's a popularity contest that can easily be manipulated by one "candidate" or the other "getting out the vote." Lets just say it's American Idol without the smarmy judges.

Mike

4/26/2005 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Speaking of American Idol, anyone as shocked as I am to see Constantine get the boot?

Oh well, he really couldn't sing anyway.

But back to the issue, Chafee is looking real good despite Jedi mindtrick tactics of Democrats.

It would be a mistake for Laffey to take on Chafee. It's a no-win for Laffey and the Republican party. Laffey will force Chafee more to the right than he'd like to be which will give fodder to his Democratic challenger.

I think the Mayor of Cranston should wait for 2010 and consider running for Governor.

4/28/2005 10:27:00 AM  

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