Finally a white male candidate that Mr. Toot could really get behind; Addendum: Mr. Toot opposes free speechPosted: June 5, 2015
Lincoln Chafee is Mr. Toot’s type of guy. An effeminate (i.e ‘girlie man’) looking and sounding man who happens to be Toot’s age (62), a former Republican, a man who fervently believes in “climate change”, negotiating with terrorists such as ISIS, a notoriously anti-Israel politician, a man who twice endorsed Barack Obama, a fellow who wants to have Edward Snowden return to America and all charges dropped against him, and most importantly someone who wants to impose the metric system in the United States as a symbolic gesture to the world which we have so grievously ignored. I think that Mr. Toot and Mr. Chafee ought to run as a team and I’ll bet that Good Old Linc also fears Vlaams Belang, Chuck C. Johnson and Creationists as well.
By the way Lincoln Chafee spent a good part of his youth being a horse farrier in Canada while Mr. Toot – hmm what exactly did he do?
by Jose A. DelReal
Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee (D), a one-time Republican U.S. senator who notably broke with the GOP on the 2002 Iraq war authorization, announced Wednesday that he will seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
“Today I am formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for President,” Chafee said during a foreign policy speech at George Mason University in Virginia Wednesday evening. “If we as leaders show good judgment and make good decisions, we can fix much of what is ailing us.”
Chafee’s decision to run makes him the fourth Democratic hopeful to officially enter the race. But he’s already been the first to directly attack front-runner Hillary Clinton — particularly over the Iraq War vote that helped sink her first presidential bid.
“It’s heartbreaking that more of my colleagues failed to do their homework. And incredibly, the neocon proponents of the war who sold us on the false premise of weapons of mass destruction are still key advisers to a number of presidential candidates today…including the main Democratic candidate,” he said.
Although Chafee did not mention Clinton by name during his speech or in the question-and-answer session that followed, he pointed to several recent controversies surrounding the Democratic front-runner. “Our State Department just has to be above all controversy, and it’s regrettable now to me what’s happening with e-mails [and] the foundation,” he said when asked about the former secretary of state.
Clinton’s other rivals for the Democratic nomination have so far mostly stopped short of direct attacks on the former secretary of state. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D), who last week announced his candidacy, has made subtle digs that focus on Clinton’s perceived coziness with Wall Street and her long history in Washington. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has staked out populist positions that sometimes fall far to Clinton’s left, but he takes pains to avoid mentioning her explicitly.
Chafee does not appear concerned with subtlety.
“I don’t think anybody should be president of the United States that made that mistake” of voting for the Iraq War, Chafee told The Post in April. “It’s a huge mistake, and we live with broad, broad ramifications today — of instability not only in the Middle East but far beyond and the loss of American credibility. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Several weeks ago, he suggested that heightened tensions with Russia might be traceable to a symbolic, incorrectly labeled “reset button” that Clinton presented to that country’s leadership several years ago.
“In the early days, they tried to restart with Russia and she presented the Russian foreign minister with the restart button. And they got the Russian word wrong. They said, ‘This means over-charge,’ and it was an insult,” he said. “Look what is happening with Putin and with Russia — Ukraine, selling arms to Iran — and it all could have started with the diplomatic mistake, getting the word wrong.”
Chafee has said that he does not expect to raise nearly as much money as Clinton but that he takes comfort in knowing that “America loves an underdog.”
In a year when one of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination isn’t even a member of the party, Chafee isn’t concerned that his past party allegiance will raise eyebrows in his relatively new partisan home. “I have not changed. My old liberal Republican stand on the issues does line up with the Democratic Party — women’s reproductive freedoms, support for working families. I have a 30-year record,” he said in April. “Also note that of the candidates here, [former Virginia senator] Jim Webb was a Republican and Hillary Clinton was a Goldwater Girl.”
A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday suggested Clinton has the support of 62 percent of likely Democratic voters nationwide, with Sanders at 10 percent and O’Malley at 3 percent. Chafee registered 1 percent support.
This story has been updated to correct the 2006 election result: Chafee did not win reelection in 2006.
Daedalus Addendum: Mr. Toot al-Chuki comes out against the 1st Amendment.
Any doubt that Charles is a Stalinist?