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Governor Lincoln Chafee Switching Parties, Will Now Run as a Democrat

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Republican turned Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee announced today that he will be switching parties again and will now run as a Democrat. This may not come as a huge surprise, seeing that Mr. Chafee was a constant thorn in the side of Republican leadership when he was in the US Senate. He was the only Republican Senator to vote against the Iraq War and even endorsed then Senator Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

    The early reports claim that he may have a difficult time in a Democratic primary, especially since he is ranked as the nations most unpopular Governor, squeaking out Governor Pat Quinn from my old home state of Illinois. One reason that his approval rating is where it's at is that he doesn't have a political base, which is exactly what switching to the Democratic party will give him. The problem that many Independent politicians face is that, as much as Americans SAY they want an Independent thinker, whenever one is elected they often face headwinds from both the left and right, which makes it nearly impossible to build a solid consensus to get anything done legislatively.

    Thoughts on Governor Chafee's switch and if it will help him as he builds his re-election campaign or if he's doomed to fail in a Democratic primary next year?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    RI is a strange state for sure. It doesn't quite fit into New England with its strong Mafia influence, but then again we have ME the most Republican state in NE with the most poverty, it figures, VT, next to MA probably the most liberal state in the country, NH where everyone "Lives Free & Dies" and good old CT where all the wealthy NY ers live and vote Democratic! Gutta love it here, cuz the weather sure sucks ;(
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I've never held much respect for anyone who changes teams in the middle of the game, those poiticians who change their party affiliation after being elected by the now soon to be opposing party should be forced to plead his case to those electors who voted for him, because of his change of party it will most certainly be reflective in the state house as it pertains to certain political issues, also there is a lot of money spent on these Governor elections,from the primaries to the General Election,so as to ensure a true and fair bi-partisian election,if he doesn't pay some of the money back he should at least step-down and allow the Lt. Governor run the office, and when the next Governor election rolls around ,then he should run as he wishes.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Chafee was not a party switching Republican but rather an independent with liberal leanings. He probably fits better into the Democratic Party then some of the elected Democrats.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Governor Chaffe was the Republican Senator for Rhode Island before he was governor,however,he was not a strong Republican as far as voting on conservative matters siding mostly on Liberal issues. My opinion still stands as far as switching sides is concerned.
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    If one is socially liberal and fiscally conservative then you belong in the Democratic party. All, if any still exist, good Republicans need to switch parties as this would cause a real gut checking in the new republican party.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It doesn't matter to me where a particular Politician feels the need to fit in, as long as he/she is true to their convictions , apparently Gov Chaffe doesn't know for sure where he feels comfortable yet,perhaps he was always a democrat at heart but ran as Republican for whatever reason,then he had another change of heart and thought being an Independant was the place for him and now he wants to be a Democrat, it sounds like to me another career politician just trying to stay in the game and be revelant
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    The Republican used to be about small government now it stands for invasive government. Thus all who social issues can't really be legislated need to look somewhere other than the RNC. If one stays in a group when the group has drifted away then one is a party fool. An individual of integrity would flee from a group gone rogue.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Not to get into who or part of our current administration is involved in this IRS & FBI mess as far as intrusivness goes, but I don't think for a moment that Gov, Chaffee thinks that the Independant Party or the GOP has gone rogue in just 5 years,that was when he was a Republican Senator, those two organizations have stood for what they claim to be now for years and years,a lot longer than 5 years anyway. I don't think Gov. Chaffee has integrity because he has a hard time deciding who or what he should be or even what he stands for.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Wrong! The Republican Party changed when the Tea Party took over control. For many years the a republicans were the good guys and the Dems the bad, now it's totally reversed thanks, in part, to Bush jr but mainly because of the Koch bros buying into the Tea Party and trying to destroy the 98% of the country!
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    johnny I think that Guv Chaffee knows and has shown us what he stands for: Himself. I think he is doing exactly what he thinks is best for his political career. If he thought he could have a better career if he declared himself a Socialist, or even a Communist, then that's what he would do.

    By changing parties he is showing what is REALLY important to him: his job and his self preservation. He seems to be classic case of a politician who is concerned about jobs.....his OWN job.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Thank you James, I couldn't have said it any better.
  • Democrat
    Mojave Desert, NV
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    pr Wrote: Wrong! The Republican Party changed when the Tea Party took over control. For many years the a republicans were the good guys and the Dems the bad, now it's totally reversed thanks, in part, to Bush jr but mainly because of the Koch bros buying into the Tea Party and trying to destroy the 98% of the country!
    I see their deterioration beginning with Gingrich's Contract on America.
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    Yup, and the Moral Majority which was neither moral nor a majority.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I think Ronnie Raygun was the actual beginning - most people just didn't realize it at the time and many still don't today!