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And so, it begins.

Posted on 2008.03.06 at 15:41

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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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