Who Will Be "Laffey"ing in November? UPDATED
I wanted to elaborate on something I noticed on CPAC, and was reminded of when I saw this picture. Cranston Mayor "Steve" Laffey who is primarying incumbent Republican Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island, had ALOT of support at CPAC. I just continue to be baffled by the craziness of these people. There is ZERO...let me restate that....There is ZERO chance that is Laffey beats Chafee he will be elected Senator from Rhode Island. I know you all want to say "He's a R.I.N.O Vincent" "He voted against Alito!"...well I tell you all this... The Progressive Punch online has given Senator Chafee a 42.92 progressive rating based on votes. If Chafee is not in office, we will have another Chuck Schumer liberal in the seat who received a 90.74 progressive rating. There is no other option but to support Senator Chafee(whom I have met, and like a great deal) over Laffey. I'd more rather have half a liberal, than an all-out socialist. Anyone who supports Laffey is illogical, and is a "R.I.N.O" in my book. So to the Laffey crowd I ask this: When Laffey loses in November..who will be "Laffey"ing then? UPDATE: The folks at "Save the GOP" have left this message in the comment section Stephen said... I'll take National Review over Too Conservative anyday.(BTW: This is why we call you a squish.)Hopefully no one deletes this, like the NRSC is fond of doing when someone criticizes Chafee supporters. Now TC Readers if you all looked at the National Review article it states:Even if Laffey were to win the primary but lose the general election, beating Chafee would send a helpful message to the kind of Republican who thinks Chafee's "independence" is something to admire and emulate. (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine come to mind.) That message: that Republican voters will not be taken for granted just because they are in the minority in their state. Then there's the tantalizing possibility that Laffey might actually win both the primary and the general election. It's a chance worth taking. What do conservatives have to lose? The worst possible outcome is only that Rhode Islanders will trade a virtual Democrat for a real one. Listen guys-Chafee may not be a Tom DeLay, or Tom Tancredo...but he carries his state, and helps elect Republican leadership in the Senate. He is also not even above 50% in ANY progressive rating I have seen. So to call him a "virtual Democrat" is far from true. As far as me or this blog being a "squish" for actually wanting Republicans to stay in office, I consider people who want Chafee out the real squishes and R.I.N.O's because they are the ones who are destroying this party. There should be NO arguement here, as to support Laffey in a primary is to seal one's own doom. Again I give you evidence with a poll recently done by Brown University: The poll found Chafee almost evenly matched with Democratic Secretary of State Matt Brown. Chafee would take 38 percent of the vote if the election were held today, compared to 36 percent for Brown. The poll is based on a statewide sample of 785 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The Republican incumbent would fare better against former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, the poll found. In that potential matchup, 40 percent of those polled picked Chafee, compared to 34 percent for the Democrat. and lets look at Laffey- But the poll showed Laffey weak against potential Democratic contenders. He scored only 24 percent against Brown's 47 percent, and 29 percent versus Whitehouse's 44 percent. Ouch.Ouch.Ouch. I do not support Senator Chafee on alot of issues, I am personally more of a Laffey guy, and would be no where close to a 45% on the progressive scale, but come on..you people are simply NUTS to think it's better to have Chafee out than in. How many ways can I say it..? Nuts, Crazy, Psycho, Unrealistic, Illogical...all these words come to mind. It is the EXACT same premise we are continuing to deal with in Virginia, illogical Republicans stating it's better to have a Republican out of office than in office. Sorry to tell the fine folks from "Save The GOP" but the title of their blog is a hypocricy, and that their way of "saving" does nothing but kill our party nationally.