Saturday, May 30, 2015

And Chafee makes four

By Richard Barry

And there you have it fans, your 2016 Democratic presidential contenders, or after June 3rd you will have your complete field unless Joe Biden surprises everyone and jumps in, because on that day in June former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is set to announce his candidacy, adding his name to that of Clinton, Sanders, and O'Malley.
He’ll make the announcement in a speech he’s scheduled to deliver next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia. Following the announcement, Chafee will travel to New Hampshire on June 4 for a previously scheduled event with local Democrats in Grafton County.

Chafee, who became a Democrat in 2013, has made Hillary Clinton’s support for the invasion of Iraq the chief rationale for his primary challenge to her. As a senator and member of the Republican Party in 2002, Chafee voted against authorizing the war.

In April, Chafee let it be known he was exploring a bid, which surprised everyone. Since then he has been polling in the low single digits.

It's a democracy. People get to run for office. And I suspect the DNC is pleased enough with this handful of candidates, which should be enough to make the nomination process looked vaguely contested.

Hey, if Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina can run for the GOP nomination and apparently be taken seriously, then former Gov. Lincoln Chafee can run too.

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  • It's interesting that the Democrats manage to get four candidates, all of whom are credible: governors or senators. Yet the Republican field is made up of two dozen people, many of them totally unqualified, most of them flat out crazy. Of course, I know why that is. Republicans don't respect governing as an occupation. They think it is easy. And that's how they govern. Will the American people ever realize that regardless of ideology, the Republicans are simply incompetent? Magic 8-Ball say: don't count on it.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:14 PM  

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