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4:24 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Stealthy Slyness of Chafee's Rap on Republicans (Part II)

Chafee, when he was still an independent.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Fix says VP Joe Biden has a message in tune with Democrats' needs as they face a tough mid-term fight in 2014:

Speaking at a fundraiser in D.C. for Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey’s special Senate election campaign, the vice president launched into a lengthy broadside against the current state of the Republican Party.

It wasn't just coincidence (see item 1) that Governor Lincoln Chafee spoke as if he was leaving the Republican Party -- something he did six years earlier -- when he became a Democrat last month. As I noted a few days later:

There's a stealthy slyness to Chafee's rap on Republicans; in 2006, Chafee was personally well-liked by voters, yet they replaced him with Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate because of the D next to Whitehouse's name. Similarly, David Cicilline overcame abysmal Chafee-like approval ratings last year in large part because he's a Democrat and since Brendan Doherty is a Republican. Yes, most Rhode Island voters are unaffiliated -- just like Chafee had been until Thursday -- yet they overwhelmingly favor the policies and practices of the national Democratic Party. It's this kind of thinking and encouragement from President Obama that propelled Chafee's move to become a Democrat .... [T]he governor is betting that being a D gives him the best shot in 2014

Chafee is taking part with President Obama at a Boston rally for Markey on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, The Fix's observation that national Dems need "to not only galvanize their party’s base but also persuade independents" applies just as much to Chafee, as he faces a tough re-election fight.

So don't be surprised to hear a lot more talk from the governor about how Republicans have lost their way.

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