The wages of bipartisanship

Ed Morrissey

Former Senator Lincoln Chafee abandoned the Republican Party after making a big show of voting with Senate Democrats and castigating the GOP for not compromising on national policy. He consistently voted with Democrats on tax bills, voting against the Bush tax cuts, opposed the elimination of the estate tax, and voted to increase the top marginal income tax rate to 39.6% in 2005. Chafee also supported increases in the minimum wage, increases in federal control of health care, and opposed drilling in ANWR.

Now Chafee wants to run for Governor of Rhode Island as an independent. His opponents want to remind Rhode Island voters of Chafee’s big tax-and-spend record:


The title of this image is “A short list of things Lincoln Chafee wants to tax,” with a note below this image that tells voters, “Rhode Island is already paying for his votes as a Senator.”

So who paid for this attack microsite? Those nasty Republicans that Chafee insulted and rejected after the 2006 elections, whom Chafee blasted for not cooperating more with Democrats? Not exactly…

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