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Chafee, Mehlman Out

Like rats form a sinking ship, Republicans are leaving their posts and heading out of town.


Lincoln B. Chafee is hinting that he may leave the party altogether. The moderate Republican Senator from Rhode Island took shit from both sides in the run-up to this Tuesday's election. Tagged by the left with as having an R behind his name, and thus deserving of the boot, but besmirched by the right as actually being a Republican in Name Only. Poor old Linc couldn't make anyone happy.

On Thursday, Chafee was asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party. "I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is," Chafee said. Asked if he meant he might leave the GOP, he replied: "That's fair."

Next up, Ken "Mealy Mouth" Mehlman has stepped down as chairman of the RNC. Despite boasts from Karl Rove that Republicans would soon establish a permanent majority, Mehlman was more circumspect and said, "Nothing is permanent in politics." He continued, "The goal is how do you — both in the short term and the long term — do things to make it sustainable?"

The legislative effects of the mid-term election are yet to be seen, but the political fallout is in high gear. Expect ritualistic blood letting and purging for the next several months as the party sorts itself out. The struggle between social conservatives who support Big Government meddling will clash with fiscal libertarians aghast at the erosion of personal freedoms and disgusted by the bloat of federal government during the Bush years. This shit's going down like Terrordome. Someone call that Jew hater, Mel Gibson; there's an opening at the RNC.


I almost feel sorry for Chaffee. He actually had a reasonably level-headed voting record. He should have switched parties a long time ago.

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