Lincoln Chafee’s sense of modern politics could indicate the U.S. has caught RI’s civic illness


A shock went through the collective psyche of Rhode Island when former governor Lincoln Chafee announced that he had formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the Democrat nomination for President of the United States in 2016.  As governor, Chafee’s public support became so thin that he announced in September 2013 that he would not seek reelection to his office, which didn’t expire until January 2015.

Stepping back from the local incredulity, however, it’s an open question whether Chafee’s got a political sense that his critics lack.  Maybe things like experience and evidence don’t matter as much as they once did.

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  • ShannonEntropy

    My theory is that Linc is angling to end up as Hillary’s VEEP with eight rent-free years living in one of DC’s finest residences
    (( ))

    Hey, the strategy has worked in the past: GHWB ran for POTUS in ’80 and ended up getting selected as Reagan’s VEEP

    Linc’s role would be the same as Dan Quayle’s, Dick Cheney’s and now Joe Biden’s i.e. guaranteeing the safety of the POTUS. No would-be assassin is ever gonna take a shot at the POTUS knowing the end result would be *infinitely* worse