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And so, it begins.

Posted on 2008.03.06 at 15:41


newleaf31 at 2008-06-03 21:39 (UTC) ()
OMG PLEASE God, NO. What a nightmare.

I honestly don't think he will pick her. It's a sticky situation, because she stayed in long enough to polarize the party in the extreme, such that her supporters are as fanatical as... well, as I am for Obama. I know that, if Clinton had won the nomination, I would've had to think really long and hard and really force myself to vote in November for her, because I revile her. I'm sure a bunch of her supporters feel the same about him, but he needs their votes. And Obama kind of can't pick another woman for veep without it looking like a giant slap in the face to Clinton.

I just don't know who he'll pick for a running mate. There's a lot of talk that it'll be Jim Webb, the junior senator from Virginia. That would be interesting. Webb's about as bullish as they come, he's the only senator with a child currently serving in Iraq, and he has lots of military experience himself. But he, like Obama, is very liberal, and relatively inexperienced (he never held any major state office in VA). Of course, if it's Webb, Virginia will surely swing Democratic in November, which would fill me with giddy glee. I like Webb, but then I am an unrepentant flaming liberal.
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-03 22:21 (UTC) ()
In my little fantasy world the ticket would be Obama - Chafee. I admire Lincoln Chafee so much it isn't even funny.

It won't happen, of course, because Chafee's not a Democrat, but still. I can dream.
newleaf31 at 2008-06-03 22:27 (UTC) ()
Well, Obama's been quite vocal about wanting a cabinet that was strongly bipartisan, a la Abraham Lincoln's, which included people from the other side of politics. I haven't heard Chafee's name kicked around yet, but it's not an impossibility. And even if he doesn't ask him to run on the ticket, he could very well invite him to be in the cabinet!
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-03 22:44 (UTC) ()
Chafee's not in office at the moment, which would also be a factor. But hey, a president's elected for four years, so who knows? :)

Chafee is made entirely of awesome. I haven't read his book yet, but it's way up there on my To Do list.

Edited at 2008-06-03 22:45 (UTC)
peacey at 2008-06-04 00:24 (UTC) ()
Chafee is a Democrat in all but name.

From Wikipedia:

He was the only Republican senator to have expressed support for same-sex marriage.

Chafee was one of the three Republican Senators to oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, voting with the Senate Democrats.

He was one of the few Republicans to vote against allowing drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

On November 17, 2005 he was the only Republican to vote in favor of reinstating the top federal income tax rate of 39.6% on upper-income payers.

Chafee was the only Republican in the Senate to have voted against authorization of the use of force in Iraq.

In November 2006, immediately following the midterm elections, Chafee joined key Democrats in opposing President Bush's renomination of John Bolton as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

On June 27, 2006, Chafee was one of only three Republicans to vote against the proposed Flag Desecration Amendment.

In 2003, Chafee bucked his party and voted against the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.

Chafee was the only Republican to oppose President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-04 00:38 (UTC) ()
He's an Independent. He may have Democrat ideologies, but from everything I know from thirty years of admiring the guy, he's fiercely independent and I doubt he'd join an established party again without a really, really good reason.

Before he left the party I always said that Chafee and Joe Lieberman were sitting in each other's chairs in the Senate. :D But really, now that he's left the Republicans, I can't see him ever going back to party politics. On the dome of the RI State House is a statue of the Independant Man, and Chafee's considered by many to be a representative of that spirit (except he probably wouldn't walk around in a loincloth carrying a spear).

Edited at 2008-06-04 00:39 (UTC)
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