The final vote came on Nov. 4, 1999, the same day Mr. Chafee was sworn in as Rhode Island’s senator. He filled the seat vacated by the death of his father, John Chafee, on Oct. 24, 1999. [Emphasis added.]So... his dad dies and a week and a half later he finds himself on the Senate floor having to cast a vote on this bill that is on its way to being passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote (90-8 with two abstentions). His vote isn't going to make a whit of difference in the outcome. Under those circumstances, I don't think it was completely unreasonable for him to decide to punt on his homework and just go with the flow. Surely not his finest hour, but you know, if that's the worst mistake he ever made in his political career I think he would actually make a fine president.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Lincoln Chafee deserves a do-over
Normally I too would have very little tolerance for a Senator making lame-sounding excuses for having cast a disastrously wrong vote, but I nonetheless think that Lincoln Chafee got a bum rap over his vote to repeal Glass-Steagall. Look at the actual timeline of what happened back in 1999: