Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Had NARAL gotten it's way, and had their endorsed candidate in Rhode Island [Sen. Lincoln Chafee R-RI] won his race, Republicans would've held the Senate and Chafee would've voted for [Sen. Mitch McConnell R-KY] for majority leader.To be clear: I'm not saying left-leaning issue groups should never endorse Republican candidates. And I'm sympathetic to the desire of groups like NARAL to project a bipartisan image--they have a legitimate interest in trying to get their causes to be seen as transcending party affiliation.
Chafee's seat was the difference between a Choice-friendly Democratic majority, and a Senate led by one of the most anti-choice demagogues in D.C. That's the calculation NARAL made, and thankfully, their gambit failed. The people of Rhode Island bailed NARAL out of their own stupidity.
But context matters. And in this election, a vote for Chafee was a vote for McConnell (NARAL rating: 0 of 100) to be Majority Leader. It was a vote for global warming denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) to be Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Pretending otherwise was both counterproductive and obnoxious.