The former mayor of Warwick will vote against the filibuster and against Alito's nomination. Jim Baron, the Pawtucket Times/Woonsocket Call columnist with whom I was acquainted as a pup intern at the Times, argues Chafee's playing both sides in a "cynical political calcuation." The NRSC money keeps flowing Chafee's way, which will help in his primary race against Stephen Laffey, and he can claim some moderate/liberal credibility when/if the general election rolls around.
The party should cut him off.
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