The wages of bipartisanship

posted at 10:12 am on May 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Former Senator Lincoln Chafee abandoned the Republican Party after making a big show of voting with Senate Democrats and castigating the GOP for not compromising on national policy.  He consistently voted with Democrats on tax bills, voting against the Bush tax cuts, opposed the elimination of the estate tax, and voted to increase the top marginal income tax rate to 39.6% in 2005.  Chafee also supported increases in the minimum wage, increases in federal control of health care, and opposed drilling in ANWR.

Now Chafee wants to run for Governor of Rhode Island as an independent.  His opponents want to remind Rhode Island voters of Chafee’s big tax-and-spend record:

The title of this image is “A short list of things Lincoln Chafee wants to tax,” with a note below this image that tells voters, “Rhode Island is already paying for his votes as a Senator.”

So who paid for this attack microsite?  Those nasty Republicans that Chafee insulted and rejected after the 2006 elections, whom Chafee blasted for not cooperating more with Democrats?  Not exactly.  That ad comes courtesy of the Democratic Governors Association, as noted in the small type at the bottom of the page.  These would be the same Democrats with whom Chafee found so much in common, especially on tax policy.  His votes on tax hikes mirrored that of the Senate Democratic Caucus, which was one of the reasons (among many) that Chafee became so unpopular among Republicans.

This is not new for Democrats.  In 1990, the Democratic Congress pressured George H. W. Bush to compromise on tax increases despite his “read my lips” pledge in the 1988 election.  At the time, they praised him for his bipartisanship.  Two years later, Democrats ran shameful “read my lips” ads in the presidential election blasting him as an unreliable liar.  That allowed them to get a man elected who would lose his law license during his presidency for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Shed no tears for Lincoln Chafee, who made his own bed with Democrats and now has to deal with the consequences.  Other Republicans who want to play ball with Democrats on tax hikes and statist policies had better take heed of this lesson, however.


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I’m willing to bet that this is the best belly laugh I will have all day long. Probably all weekend long.

myrenovations on May 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Would be great if he would run and split votes with the Dem candidate. That’s clearly why the Dems are tryign to push him out early….

dczombie on May 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM

On the bright side, & when the time comes, Arlen Specter’s brain matter will have been too extensively deteriorated for him to grasp the tragic irony of what the Dems are expected to do to him.

leilani on May 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Karma’s a bitch!

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Turncoats are never loved or trusted by anyone.

Kissmygrits on May 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM

What goes around, comes around.

kingsjester on May 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Karma’s a beyatch. We need to separate the wheat from the chaffee.

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Another bipartisan frog volunteers to carry the scorpion.

Mr. D on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Crist: “Uh oh.”

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Other Republicans

Why not name names, of course we know some of them yet the ones we know, know we know, and still persist.

fourdeucer on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Chafee’s favorite song “If I only had a BRAIN”. He is just plain STUPID.

tim c on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Shed no tears for Lincoln Chafee, who made his own bed with Democrats and now has to deal with the consequences.

Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas.

With apologies to canine-Americans everywhere.

rbj on May 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Would be great if he would run and split votes with the Dem candidate. That’s clearly why the Dems are tryign to push him out early….

Eh, the Republican is a far distance third IIRC…

ninjapirate on May 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Ed, we could also mention that the dems, who lauded John McCain as a ‘maverick’ for his habitual bipartisnaship in the Senate, turned around during the 2008 campaign and used that same reputation for ‘mavericism’ to subtly imply to the electorate that he was wildly erratic & therefore temperamentally unsuitable to occupy the Oval Office.

leilani on May 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Sadly, Lincoln Chafee is soooooo right of Obama and his policies, if there was an election and the choice was ONLY these two, Chafee would win in a landslide. Good luck Rhode Island, you’re gonna need it.

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

“W” was known for getting along with Dems as governor of TX, & he wanted to continue in DC. The first thing he did as President was to make nice with Ted Kennedy. Invited him to the WH to watch a movie about JFK, named a building after JFK, & he let Teddy craft the No Child Left Behind crappola. We all know how that made Teddy a Bush ally, right?
No one in DC hated Bush more than Teddy.

itsnotaboutme on May 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM

O/T:

Hold on to your pocketbooks folks….the dows at -145 -154 and heading south.

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Compromising with the Demonrats means doing things their way. It’s a total lose-lose proposition, yet some Republicans fall for this gambit. Go figure..

docdave on May 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM

O/T:

Hold on to your pocketbooks folks….the dows at -145 -154 and heading south.

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Damn! Down almost 200 points! And that’s despite good jobs numbers.

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

That’s funny. Can we send it to Sen. Graham?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I can’t think of any examples of the GOP doing the same to Dems who cooperate with them. In fact, the one who comes to mind is Joe Lieberman, who is respected & treated well by Republicans everywhere.

itsnotaboutme on May 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Did someone do another one of those pesky keying error?/

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Bipartisan Republicans: pwned by Democrats!
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Nobody likes a weakling, especially someone who is weak of convictions. That’s why “Quisling” is such a beloved figure in 20th Century history.

ExpressoBold on May 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Turncoats are never loved or trusted by anyone.

Kissmygrits on May 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Except in the GOP; where the catostrophically stupid hold sway. We run them for President and get our a**es kicked by a noob Senator. Too bad you guys can’t run Chafee in 2012. Well, there’s always Graham.

austinnelly on May 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Did someone do another one of those pesky keying error?/

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Sure looks like a repeat of yesterday, don’t it?

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM

itsnotaboutme on May 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Not only that, but Texas democrats have made a career out of Bush bashing since he departed the Gov’s mansion and moved into the WH. All that “new tone” crap never pays out. See McCain/Graham etc…for further reference.

Fletch54 on May 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I think a lot of the new “Independents” will be facing this type of problem in the future.

Short-term thinking…..bad long-term strategy.

You essentially end up without a base.

AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 10:40 AM

It’s amazing how rich guys get so addicted to “public service” that they have to hold elected office just to live!

cartooner on May 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The problem with politicians is they are constantly recycling themselves when most, if not all of them, should be dumped in the nearest landfill.

fogw on May 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Lincoln and Arlen sitting in a tree……..well, you know the rest! ;)

atlgal on May 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM

The rapacious capacity of collectivists to devour their own is demonstrated in history repeatedly. They will allfallin line to tear at the corpse of their fellow comrades lest they become next prey to be feasted upon, this demonstrates that they are all too aware of the beastly nature of the system they succor.

They fear it because they understand it, but are too cowardly too confront it. Contrasted with individualists, who aye fear it, but have the fortitude to confront it.

In a way, collectivists’ own actions belie the dangers frought in that which they propose, they sell collective protection agaisnt the disparities in life right up to a time when that collective turns it wrath on themselves.

See: Stalin-Purges, Hitler-Putsches, Mao- Great Leap Forward, Pol Pot-The Killing Fields.

Those that choose to remain ignorant of history become the victims of it, unfortunately they take a lot of us who aren’t with them.

Sigh…

Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM

There’s a lesson to be learned here, but the RINOs will never learn it.

hawksruleva on May 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM

RINO scat … It still stinks long after.

Make peace with Democrats, see where that gets you.

tarpon on May 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM

And that’s despite good jobs numbers.

NPR listener, right?

Oh, and the other dumb thing W did in a spirit of bipartisanship, was NOT purge all the Clinton appointees – who then proceeded to nearly destroy his Presidency with leaks and false intelligence estimates. Dems are snakes.

drunyan8315 on May 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Did someone do another one of those pesky keying error?/

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

As I posted yesterday Cindy, the word is Volatility. The “keystroke error” IMO, just lit the fuse to an already unsure market. No one wants to get caught on a friday with a bunch of “long” short term buys, and I believe it could drop another 300-400 before the day is out. You can’t keep feeding the markets with unfunded borrowed Fed money, (taxpayer dollars), and expect real gains.

(sorry Ed for the thread jump)

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Another bipartisan frog volunteers to carry the scorpion.

Mr. D on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Hmmmph! You wrapped up my point made above in far more efficient manner.

Touch’e!

Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Hard to imagine all of this over Greece.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Look at Brown over in Britain trying to stay in power even after his party loses almost 100 seats. Leftism is all about power, and doesn’t care how power is seized, as long as it is retained. Until this fascist strand is eliminated from politics, there is not enough trust between the parties to work together.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

On the bright side, & when the time comes, Arlen Specter’s brain matter will have been too extensively deteriorated for him to grasp the tragic irony of what the Dems are expected to do to him.

leilani on May 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/05/07/pa-tracking-sestak-ties-specter/

It’s already happening–Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak is now tied with Specter in the Democrat primary in PA. Specter switched parties because he thought he couldn’t win a primary against Toomey, now he might lose one against Sestak.

A foreshadowing of things to come for Charlie Crist?

Orange you glad you’re not a Republican, Charlie?

Steve Z on May 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Honestly, Specter isn’t all there anymore.

It’s really odd to see him even doing this well in a primary. He’s a walking disaster.

AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

That the Democratic Governor’s Association calls it a short list is a little ironic.

Dusty on May 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Hard to imagine all of this over Greece.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Greece is just a microcosim(?) of us. People see Greece on TV and know thats the destination at the end of the road we are embarked upon.

Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Look at Brown over in Britain trying to stay in power even after his party loses almost 100 seats. Leftism is all about power, and doesn’t care how power is seized, as long as it is retained. Until this fascist strand is eliminated from politics, there is not enough trust between the parties to work together.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

SPOT ON !

Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Look at Brown over in Britain trying to stay in power even after his party loses almost 100 seats. Leftism is all about power, and doesn’t care how power is seized, as long as it is retained. Until this fascist strand is eliminated from politics, there is not enough trust between the parties to work together.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

SPOT ON !

Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Hello. That is their system.

AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 11:04 AM

They do it to them everytime, will they ever learn?

No.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM

It’s already happening– Specter switched parties because he thought he couldn’t win a primary against Toomey, now he might lose one against Sestak. -Steve Z on May 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Honestly, Specter isn’t all there anymore. – AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

His current political troubles are not only just desserts for Arlen because of his perfidious actions against Republicans, I cannot help but think there may also be some unjust desserts involved in this too.

I mean, doesn’t this poor man have a wife and/or kids who love him enough to, you know, take away his car keys so to speak?

I just pray I have people in my life who’ll love me enough to do that for me when the time comes.

leilani on May 7, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Good deeds are their own reward. And Liberal deeds harm everyone — those in charge only feel the pain last.

It’s MODERATE deeds that never go unpunished.

Once you start promising to give away other people’s money, then moderation is seen as the same thing as greed. This makes liberals the ultimate zealots. To them, whoever promises LESS “free” stuff than his opponent is always the Source Of All Evil In The World.

logis on May 7, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Oh, and the other dumb thing W did in a spirit of bipartisanship, was NOT purge all the Clinton appointees – who then proceeded to nearly destroy his Presidency with leaks and false intelligence estimates. Dems are snakes.
drunyan8315 on May 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I never understood this either and it made me so mad! W was constantly being backstabbed by the Clinton people and the Clintons themselves. Democrats are awful… I can’t stand Hillary but that doesn’t prevent me from acknowledging that the Democrats pushing Barry totally stole the nomination from her in the caucus process and then proceeded to go for her jugular… What a despicable and evil bunch the Hatefilled Left is..

CCRWM on May 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Need to get as many incumbents out from either party. Can either stick with the “Despair and Status Quo”, or get some real “Reality and Back to the Constitution”.

kirkill on May 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM

When the Republicans regain a majority, they better not be bipartisan. They better pass some of their own nuclear options, and nuke the Socialist agenda.

kirkill on May 7, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Lincoln Chaffee has sucked ever since he was mayor of Warwick.

Chaffee single handedly killed Rocky Point. When Rocky Point fell on hard times and couldn’t pay its taxes, Chaffee ordered the city public works crew to go around Warwick and take down all the signs that pointed the way to Rocky Point. It was very hard to find, and taking those signs down was its death sentence.

Rocky Point Park survived for a hundred years, The Great Depression, and several hurricanes, but it couldn’t survive the administration of Lincoln Chaffee.

I’ll never forgive him for Rocky Point.

Jaynie59 on May 7, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I never understood this either and it made me so mad! W was constantly being backstabbed by the Clinton people and the Clintons themselves. Democrats are awful… I can’t stand Hillary but that doesn’t prevent me from acknowledging that the Democrats pushing Barry totally stole the nomination from her in the caucus process and then proceeded to go for her jugular… What a despicable and evil bunch the Hatefilled Left is..

CCRWM on May 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM

You kidding me? The worst backstabbers of the Clintons were handpicked Dems, by them. Honestly, all administrations are a mix of loyal people and iffy ones. Nothing new here!

And Bush and Clinton respect one another deeply. That’s obvious.

AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Crist: ‘Well, this would never happen to me.’

Sir Napsalot on May 7, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Hard to imagine all of this over Greece.
Cindy Munford on May 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Greece is just a microcosim(?) of us. People see Greece on TV and know thats the destination at the end of the road we are embarked upon.
Archimedes on May 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Exactly! Look at how illegal immigrants here take to the streets in angry protest when you talk about cuts or not giving them more than what they are illegally already taking from the American taxpayer. Look at how the unions protest angrily when you talk about cutting spending cuz the money isn’t there! They won’t give a dime! If you don’t own a weapon you’re going to be a sitting duck when this powder keg we’re all sitting on gets ignited…

CCRWM on May 7, 2010 at 11:25 AM

When the Republicans regain a majority, they better not be bipartisan. They better pass some of their own nuclear options, and nuke the Socialist agenda.
kirkill on May 7, 2010 at 11:15 AM

My God they better not try the crossing across the aisle tactic… They should not compromise with the Democrats because we will be sending them to DC to undo what the DemocRats have done to destroy this country…

CCRWM on May 7, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Other Republicans who want to play ball with Democrats on tax hikes and statist policies had better take heed of this lesson, however.

The RINOs never do.

Sultry Beauty on May 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I thought her first name was Nancy?

TugboatPhil on May 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Chaffee? When I saw that screencap, I thought it was Steve Doocey in bad need of a haircut.

HawaiiLwyr on May 7, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Just what RI needs, more Lincoln Chaffee. I hope the voters there give him the message he needs to hear–be gone and stay gone.

jeanie on May 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM

There are those that one can tell are crazy just by watching their mannerisms: Adolph Hitler, Keith Olbermann, Alan Grayson and Lincoln Chaffee come immediately to mind.

bw222 on May 7, 2010 at 1:40 PM

“Tax and Spend” equals “bread and butter” here in Rhode Island. I don’t think this ad will have much of an effect.

Niere on May 7, 2010 at 2:22 PM

This is not new for Democrats. In 1990, the Democratic Congress pressured George H. W. Bush to compromise on tax increases despite his “read my lips” pledge in the 1988 election. At the time, they praised him for his bipartisanship. Two years later, Democrats ran shameful “read my lips” ads in the presidential election blasting him as an unreliable liar. That allowed them to get a man elected who would lose his law license during his presidency for perjury and obstruction of justice.

I explained all this to my daughter when she was wondering why Bush only served one term. It’s something we should never forget about the Dems’ treachery.

But it was even worse than that. The Dems as one group shut down the government for months on end until George Bush agreed to break his promise and raise taxes. Of course, the media gave them full-throated support, and made sure to blame Bush for the shutdown of the government. A common editorial would say how Bush should “put the country first,” even though it would hurt him politically.

And the moment he gave them what they wanted, the praise for him lasted about a day. The attacks, somehow, lasted clear through Clinton’s inauguration. Every time Bush made a comment about “character,” they would say, “Sure. Hey, ‘Read my lips.’”

Of course, Bush should have known better. And apparently, Chafee was just as gullible.

tom on May 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

You kidding me? The worst backstabbers of the Clintons were handpicked Dems, by them. Honestly, all administrations are a mix of loyal people and iffy ones. Nothing new here!

And Bush and Clinton respect one another deeply. That’s obvious.

AnninCA on May 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I never cease to marvel at your admiration for the sleaziest president of all time.

tom on May 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Chafee’s favorite song “If I only had a BRAIN”. He is just plain STUPID.

tim c on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

yep

Wade on May 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Anyone trying to work with these modern Communist Democrats is playing with fire. Republicans should realize that they are playing with rattlesnakes and sooner or later they will be bitten! Democrats are the enemy of the U.S. and in the same boat as the terrorists.In many ways they have inflicted worse damage on Americans by destroying the economy than the attacks of 9/11 did. Remember in November and sweep them out of every elected office in the United States. The war is being waged from the Communist white house and the corrupt communist congress!

Marco on May 7, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Or as I call him, “The Chafe.”

BKennedy on May 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM