Bad news: Noted RINO turned independent turns Democrat

posted at 4:01 pm on May 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

He endorsed Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Democratic convention last year. It was a fait accompli. Charlie Crist is the Ghost of Party-switchers Past and Jon Huntsman is the Ghost of Party-switchers Future; now, at last, we can complete the triad.

His decision to switch from GOP to indie was a matter of principle, I think — namely, the principle that he apparently can’t stand conservatives. This switch is more strategic.

The officials said Chafee plans to change his registration to join the party. They weren’t authorized to disclose the information publicly ahead of any announcement from Chafee and spoke on condition of anonymity. Chafee’s staff did not immediately confirm his plan.

Chafee has been saying for months that he was thinking about the switch, noting that he shares many positions with Democrats and that joining the party will help with fundraising. He is a supporter of President Barack Obama and spoke at last year’s Democratic National Convention.

The move further complicates next year’s Democratic primary and sets up the possibility of a three-way matchup with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Thanks to Rhode Island’s terrible 9.8 percent unemployment rate, his approval rating is 28/68, rock bottom for any U.S. governor in a state that’s voted Democratic in every presidential election except one since 1976. Obvious question: Why would a guy who’s pulling -40 in job approval want to put himself through a tough primary when he could remain an independent and proceed directly to the general election? The answer, I think, is the same answer Arlen Specter reached three years ago in switching to the Democratic Party instead of going indie. Quite simply, he can’t win a three-way race in the general with Republicans and Democrats turning out en masse for their party’s respective candidates. Crist tried that against Rubio in 2010 and got destroyed because Kendrick Meek, the Dem nominee, refused to drop out and ended up peeling off enough Democratic voters who might otherwise have gone for Crist that Rubio was able to waltz to victory. Chafee’s odds of reelection are better if he braves a primary and hopes against hope that the economy picks up in time to propel him to the win, at which point most of the state’s Democratic majority will fall in line behind him. Winning as an independent is hard even under the best circumstances. Under the worst circumstances, forget it.

I wonder if the Democrats offered him anything to make the switch. This is, after all, in their interest:

Chafee’s decision is good for Democrats for a couple of reasons. One, it takes off the table the threat of a vote split between the Democratic nominee and the governor, something that could open the door for the Republican to win, even in a Democratic-leaning state. If Chafee loses the Democratic nomination — and it is hard, at least at this point, to see him winning — then he is out of the picture altogether. Of course, if he wins, Democrats would have to back a pol with a struggling image in the eyes of Republicans.

Maybe O’s got a vacant ambassadorship tucked away somewhere for him to fall back on in case things don’t work out.

And now, in honor of the party-switch, a ceremonial playing of the “No Labels” anthem. Tick tock, Jon Huntsman.


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Man, he looks bad.

Some people age much worse than others. If he gets much uglier he’ll fit right in with the dems.

acyl72 on May 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

…looks like one!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Sphincter of PA comes to mind…

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

His party switch is a feature, not a bug, for the Republicans. (Maybe for the Democrats, too — like the guy that switched parties and raised the IQ of both groups.)

No Truce With Kings on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

He looks so gay.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Does that mean he can raise taxes without having to worry about re-election? /semi-rhetorical

nobar on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Good. Flush out all of the RINO’s. They can start their own party and split votes with the dems.

voiceofreason on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I sort of already thought he was one.

Shows how much attention I have paid.

Abby Adams on May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Who cares? He’s not a conservative, he’s been an Obama buttsniffer for 5 years, and he’s from freaking Rhode Island. I’m just surprised it took him this long.

Doughboy on May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Kucinich has tougher stones than this squish.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

That’s what Rhode Islanders wanted. They knew. Okay.
They should have it good and hard. (To paraphrase H.L. Mencken.)

vityas on May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

RI gets the representative, senators, & governor it deserves.

22044 on May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

McCain should switch parties or his state.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

To quote Joe “that’s a big f’n deal”. Not!

tim c on May 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The turd looks flushed.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

…Chaffed butt!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Seems that “coming out” is the way to go lately. When will Obama call him? I’m thinking about coming out also and admit that I eat meat, especially pork of any kind (it’s hard to keep secret around here).

teejk on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Crist/Chafee — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

What a putz!!

dddave on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Crist/Chafee (the gay ticket) — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Shocking that man with no spine finally reveals that he’s a Democrat. He and that shameful party are made for each other.

Jackalope on May 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Lincoln Chaffage.

portlandon on May 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

…looks like one!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Is it wrong to think some people just look like they need to be b-slapped? Maybe because little Linc masqueraded as a repub and a man.

arnold ziffel on May 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Chrisie/Chafee (the gay ticket) — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

nobar on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Man, he looks bad.

Some people age much worse than others. If he gets much uglier he’ll fit right in with the dems.

acyl72 on May 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Why is it that as Democrats age, they start to look like Jeff Dunham puppets?

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

That proves how committed these folks were to begin with. I will say this again the GOP needs to ignore the Northeast. The trouble is too many GOP elites live in places like New York and they keep fantasying that if they just found the right moderate/liberal republican they could win something up in that part of America.

That part of America is done for, just that the people up there don’t all realize it yet.

Focus on places we might be able to win back like Ohio, Florida, and maybe make inroads in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. where the GOP has built up a local infrastructure that at least can win local elections.

William Eaton on May 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Is it wrong to think some people just look like they need to be b-slapped? Maybe because little Linc masqueraded as a repub and a man.

arnold ziffel on May 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Happy to volunteer to deliver that slap…a run of the mill slap across the face may be just what’s needed here.

Jackalope on May 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Good riddance.

txdoc on May 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Bad news: Noted RINO turned independent turns Democrat

D*CKHEAD

ToddPA on May 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

This guy and Markey next door….Twin Idiots.

ToddPA on May 29, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Why is it that as Democrats age, they start to look like Jeff Dunham puppets?

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

…he should be sitting on the other knee…with Henry Waxman!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Who?

alchemist19 on May 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

“RINO turned independent Chafee turns D-cRAT”

Ok, it’s now your turn:

AMNESTY-JOHN McRINO,
lindsay grahamnesty
marco rubio
christie
lisa murCOWski,

and the dozens and dozens of others working to destroy the Republican Party from within.

Or are you all just slimy, spineless, gutless cowards to admit the TRUTH?

TeaPartyNation on May 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

His decision to switch from GOP to indie was a matter of principle, I think — namely, the principle that he apparently can’t stand conservatives.

We call this type of tom-foolery, unprincipled.

A man who stands for nothing can’t stand for something.

The voters of RI must be so proud..or very foolish.

Marcus Traianus on May 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Good riddance.!!!

txdoc on May 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

+ 1, with emphasis added.

FloatingRock on May 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Crist/Chafee — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Wiener/Holder 2016. Saw a funny one the other day Biden 20163

VegasRick on May 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Noted RINO turned independent turns Democrat

Honesty comes late to some….

Gohawgs on May 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Crist tried that against Rubio in 2010 and got destroyed because Kendrick Meek, the Dem nominee, refused to drop out and ended up peeling off enough Democratic voters who might otherwise have gone for Crist that Rubio was able to waltz to victory.

So what does that say about Rubio’s re-election chances?

Know it’s early, but just wondering…

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Maybe O’s got a vacant ambassadorship tucked away somewhere for him to fall back on in case things don’t work out.

That “Counsulate” in Benghazi is looking for an ” Ambassador” I heard recently !

burrata on May 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

…looks like one!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I’m sure he smells like one too!

VegasRick on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Who?

alchemist19 on May 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

You know, that lying politician who lied to get elected and changed his spots once elected. Does that help narrow it down? No? Hmmmmmm… I hope McCain, Graham, Flake and Rubio will join him. They already have in all but name only, it would be nice if they’d drop the charade and make it official.

FloatingRock on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

He must have tax problems and is just trying to get the IRS off his scent

Ditkaca on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Heard someone say Chris Christie was going to switch parties. The other person said, no, he wouldn’t leave the Democrat Party. LOL

He endorsed Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Democratic convention last year. It was a fait accompli. Charlie Crist is the Ghost of Party-switchers Past and Jon Huntsman is the Ghost of Party-switchers Future; now, at last, we can complete the triad.

Color me shocked by all of this, simply shocked!

Fallon on May 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

AP – sorry, but who is this about?
Journalism 101
Your article does not identify in any way who this is other than “Chafee”. I don’t know who this is and that doesn’t tell me much.

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Which just goes to show what “RINOs” really are anyway.

ddrintn on May 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Why is it that as Democrats age, they start to look like Jeff Dunham puppets?

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

They don’t look that good….

I still think Joe Lieberman looks just like Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious/The Emperor….

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Sphincter of PA comes to mind…

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Like Sphincter, Chafee will end up behind the curve. A Republican wave is building, so he changes parties.

Good riddance.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM

He has long been a POS. Now, he is a correctly labelled POS.

Big whoop.

M240H on May 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

*yawn*

DLTDHYOTWO

Chris of Rights on May 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

SURPRISE !!!! NOT.

ExpressoBold on May 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

VegasRick on May 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Ooh, gotta make some…

….B.I.D.E.N2.0.1.3….
This is a big f***ing deal!

…bumper stickers and put them over the Obama stickers on cars, lol.

Fallon on May 29, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Why is it that as Democrats age, they start to look like Jeff Dunham puppets?

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Honestly, when I first glanced at the thumbnail I thought it was a pic of O and Richard Dawkins.

ddrintn on May 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Bad news: Noted RINO turned independent turns Democrat

For a moment there I thought I was seeing into the future somehow. A hotgas article from maybe 2016 about Rubio.

VorDaj on May 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Man, he looks bad. Some people age much worse than others. If he gets much uglier he’ll fit right in with the dems.

That’s what happens to you when you lie through your teeth to win the Republican vote and then switch to Democrat to win the Democrat vote.

Charlie is a weather vane in a tornado. If he thought for a second that he could win being a Republican he would be spouting all the right words.

But now he thinks he can win being a Democrat and he is spewing the Democrat vomit.

It ain’t going to work Charlie. Both Democrats and Republicans are on to your pathetic game.

BMF on May 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

And this is somehow a loss?

It’s better that Crist finally manned up and owned up, rather than being a faker.

Crist pretending to be a Republican is like RWM saying she’s a liberal.

Except for the part that the Esquire is honest.

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Considering how bad off Rhode Island is financially….

I mean, Woonsocket is the Land that Welfare Built, and that’s not a exaggeration either. It’s like NYC from the 70′s…or California right now.

BlaxPac on May 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Who?

Oh, wait, *that* guy? And here’s me thinking that he *was* already a Democrat.

/

Midas on May 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Charlie Crist is the Ghost of Party-switchers Past

Oh hell no! Charlie Crist is just a poser Ghost of Party-switchers past. The real deal was Jumpin Jim Jeffords who waited until the GOP funded his re-election and then delivered the US Senate to the Democrats. He jumped parties and then lost all relevance just like Crist, Chafee (I thought he was already a ‘rat)and Huntsman.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Forgot to add Specter in the list who was bluntly honest in saying he was jumping because he wasn’t going to win the GOP nomination and he wanted to stay in power. May God be delivering justice to this one!

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

To paraphrase Churchill: “It’s only fair. We had him last time.”

PersonFromPorlock on May 29, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I don’t care if he calls himself a X,Y, or Z, if he stinks he stinks!
Jeez, if South Carolina came up with a Democrat Senate candidate who was somewhat Conservative I’d replace Lindsay and see.

Marcus on May 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Jeez, if South Carolina came up with a Democrat Senate candidate who was somewhat Conservative I’d replace Lindsay and see.

Marcus on May 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Why don’t they? Or for that matter why doesn’t somebody primary Ms. Graham. I’m getting really sick of seeing him on the Sunday shows lecturing and hectoring Republicans about what bad people they are for resisting the super-smart RINOs that are working with the Democrats. THEY got to go to dinner with the rat-eared coward and that is just the only perq so far!

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I like the Maine story about old lady Bessy going to the town clerk and saying she wanted to change her voter registration to Democrat. The clerk says “Bessy you’ve been a Republican your whole life. Why would you change now?”. And Bessy says “well, I’m gettin close to 90, and figured I don’t have much time left. So if someone’s gonna die, I’d rather it be one of them instead of one of us.”

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Who freaking cares what this idiot does?

rplat on May 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

So RINO’s aren’t conservative? And since conservatives seem to be losing the culture war on all fronts, what is his beef?

No, badly worded question.

In other words, he was here to subvert, and figures his job is done.

WryTrvllr on May 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

At least now he can be honest about what he is.
Oh, and by the way Allahpundint, Rhode Island voted Republican in 1984 as well.

dverplank on May 29, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Pauly D for governor of Rhode Island. Why not? New state motto: “The cabs are here!”

cicerone on May 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Average IQs on both sides of the aisle just went up.

TimBuk3 on May 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM

This is just one more in a long line of examples which proves that RINOs are just Democrats who don’t want to admit it as of yet.

Get rid of them all. All they do is taint The Republican Party with their liberal ideologies and help the Democrats pass their crap.

Yes, I am talking to you McCain.

Theophile on May 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Prediction: Christie will be next.

diogenes on May 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM

So… What was the bad news then?

44Magnum on May 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

We tried to warn the rino lovers that the Rinos will destroy the GOP. But you idiots wouldn’t listen.

SparkPlug on May 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Chaffee hasn’t been a “Republican” for a long time. The fact that he’s now declaring himself what he’s been for years is good for everyone. Let’s face it, Rhode Island is tanking rapidly, mostly because of Democrats and their policies, so with him actually being listed as a Democrats will put the total blame where it lies, with the Democrats, not some poor independent governor trying to change the ways of the Democrats. No sir, he loves them and their policies and I’m glad he’s acknowledging what he is.

bflat879 on May 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The Democratic party as a whole has moved further left since Billy Jeff “The era of big government is over” Clinton. Much further left. At least overtly. Covertly its base has been hard left for quite awhile. The Democratic party is essentially America’s viable socialist party. Socialists run it.

So naturally this means a lot of people who used to call themselves Republicans will now call themselves Democrats. Because since it has moved further left it is now more in sync with their beliefs. That makes sense, right?

Obviously that makes no sense if they actually held Republican and conservative principles for the last 30 or so years, since Reagan was elected.

But it does make sense if they were never really Republicans to begin with. It makes sense if they can no longer credibly call themselves Republicans because no one believes they subscribe to any GOP or conservative principles.

And if they cannot influence Republicans to be more like Democrats, or get elected as a Republican, why bother calling themselves a Republican any more? So it’s time to join the party they were really a part of all along.

This is a good thing. Such people are basically fifth columnists.

farsighted on May 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

We tried to warn the rino lovers that the Rinos will destroy the GOP. But you idiots wouldn’t listen.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

dverplank on May 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

So naturally this means a lot of people who used to call themselves Republicans will now call themselves Democrats. Because since it has moved further left it is now more in sync with their beliefs. That makes sense, right?

So I wonder, how many “moderate” Democrats do you know?
And do they have enough common sense to buck the party leadership?

dverplank on May 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

So I wonder, how many “moderate” Democrats do you know?

None that I can think of.

And do they have enough common sense to buck the party leadership?

dverplank on May 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Ask Bart Stupak.

farsighted on May 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Who is this guy? Seriously!

NerwenAldarion on May 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

This is NOT news!

News tells you something you don’t know.

This is a Confirmation!

jaydee_007 on May 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Non-event.

virgo on May 30, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Chafee/Weiner 2016

pain train on May 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

A change of clothing will not disguise a clown.

Klem Kadiddlehopper on May 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM