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(1,290 posts)
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 09:38 PM Aug 2015

Does Lincoln Chafee have supporters?

He seems to be polling in the low single-digits in every poll I see, with most of them being at 0% or 1%. I have seen polls where his favorability was nearly -30 with Democratic primary voters, with less than 10% approving, nearly 40% disapproving, and the rest not knowing who he is. In most polls, his approval ratings are negative with the tiny sliver of people who say they're going to vote for him. I have never met somebody who proclaimed themselves to be a Lincoln Chafee supporter, have never seen a post on DU saying they want or expect Chafee to win the nomination, nor have I seen him really go out of his way to campaign. He was a liberal Republican Senator (the last that existed) and a seemingly progressive independent (and later Democratic) Governor, so did all the party switching end up just leaving him alienated with everybody?

So I'm throwing this question out there to see if anybody on DU, the largest haven for Democratic voters on the internet, wants Lincoln Chafee to be our nominee for President. If you do, will you make a case for him?

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(1,768 posts)
1. I think
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 09:42 PM
Aug 2015

I think that both of his supporters were at the Fair. Or maybe just one was, not really sure if there is a second supporter.



(47,803 posts)
3. It is weird
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 09:50 PM
Aug 2015

He was a governor and a Senator. And he did have a fairly high profile during the Iraq Debacle.

So he at least has credentials.

But his candidacy seems like a quixotic little qurky thing that no one pays attention.

Maybe he's the reincarnation of Harold Stassen.

Attorney in Texas

(3,373 posts)
4. The Iowa Secretary of State says Chafee has 2.5 times the straw poll supporters as Webb but 2.5 time
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 10:02 PM
Aug 2015

less than O'Malley but just 1/34th the straw poll support of Sanders.

Which translates, I believe, into "yes, barely."

Historic NY

(37,401 posts)
5. I guess he is losing the Rockafellow Republicans....
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 10:07 PM
Aug 2015

they seem to mention him...perhaps they forgot. Funny when I hear the term it reminded me of Republicans trying to get back into the saddle again.......that being Rocky himself.



Electric Monk

(13,869 posts)
9. Technically, metric has been the official U.S. measurement standard for more than 100 years.
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 10:58 PM
Aug 2015


In 1893, after a fire in London damaged the original British Imperial Yard — the physical metal bar that determined for the world how long three feet should be — the U.S. federal agency in charge of measuring stuff started defining U.S. measurements in relation to their metric counterparts.

Since then, a foot is officially defined as 0.3048 of a meter. A pound is 453.59237 grams. “We’ve actually been on the metric system since 1893, in a sense,” Trusten said.


(9,688 posts)
14. I recall reading some physicist talking about metric
Sun Aug 16, 2015, 03:39 AM
Aug 2015

comparing metric with Imperial and/or US units as
"Like, we've got the dyne, they've got the slug. Enough said."



(755 posts)
7. Some supporters, but it is very small. Chafee is seen as bland
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 10:37 PM
Aug 2015

and he is still unknown. Chafee will have to speak of his record as Rhode Island governor. Chafee will have to perform well in New Hampshire to compete for the nomination. I like Chafee, but he's unlikely to win the Democratic nomination.


(45,259 posts)
16. DU has a Chafee group, but it was started by someone who felt sorry for him.
Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:25 AM
Aug 2015

(No one has felt sorry for Jim Webb.) I am someone who knew nothing about Chafee beyond the basics, but he did seem likable and sincere at the Iowas Wing Ding Dinner where he spoke last. He used his 20 minutes to attack the GOP for the Iraq War and being wrong about everything. He also attacked Alito. I don't consider myself a Chafee supporter, but he is a decent person and would make an ok President. I think he's running for a cabinet position, and he'll probably be a good selection.

The takeaway? Even the Democrat's worst candidate is light year better than the Republican's best candidate.

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