Carol Platt Liebau: Election Results

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Election Results

Here's a summary and some commentary from The Washington Post.

Most notable is the analysis of Lincoln Chafee's win over Steve Laffey in the Rhode Island Senate race. It's attributed to Laffey's reluctance to run negative ads. I'd offer a slightly different interpretation . . . that some Rhode Island Republicans who would otherwise have vented their disgust with Chafee began to worry that his seat would be important to holding the Senate for the Republicans, and they therefore held their noses and voted for him. It's regrettable, but it may well have been what happened. See you in six years, Senator.

But where is the coverage of radical Keith Ellison's victory in Minnesota's 5th District?


Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Hooray for the RINOs, the GOP's only hope. Chafee's win, by the way, was the result of a huge effort from the Republican establishment.

And Laffey did not refrain from running negative ads, by the by. He switched to a more positive ad campaign after the earlier, uglier version failed to pay off in the polls. Even then, the ads that the Club for Growth (of Personal Fortunes) ran on his behalf were nothing but Chafee smears.

I doubt you'll see Chafee again in six years.

12:53 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Isn't Rhode Island an open primary state?

1:31 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Yes, which makes Chafee's win all the more amazing. I would have voted for Laffey, as I'm sure a great number of Democrats did. We'll see if Chafee can hang on.

Maybe he and Lieberman can trade affiliations after the election.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

It is not surprising that the conservative republican who ran as Bush's rubber stamper lost. Especially when the RNC backed moderate Chafee who opposes Bush's reckless and incompetent command.

The GOP are jumping off the dry drunk captain's boat like the rats that they are.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Sen. Chafee (ACU 2005 rating = 12) is about as "moderate" as some far left Democrat senators. For example: Sen. Boxer and Sen. Feinstein (ACU 2005 rating = 12), Sen. Clinton (2005 ACU rating = 12), and Sen. Kerry (2005 ACU rating = 8). And Chafee's 2005 ADA rating was 75, while Boxer and Feinstein garnered 100 and 75 respectively, and Clinton and Kerry both received 100.

"Moderate" is in the eye of the beholder.

8:23 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

I think it was more likely to be independent voters who put Chafee over the top. It was that same cohort of voters that pollsters figured would NOT vote for Laffey in the general election.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Our President's poll numbers are Climbing! Yes! Stay tuned.

10:24 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Going to really help him come re-election time!

Er, wait a minute...

1:39 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

His numbers lift the whole party, you should know that.

2:15 PM  

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