Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Exaggerated Similarities

If Rhode Island's conservative Republicans, a group that is longing to break out of its phone booth, succeeds in defeating Lincoln Chafee in the upcoming primary, many will make comparisons to Joe Lieberman's loss in Connecticut.

Paul Mirengoff argues that the alleged similarities would be greatly exaggerated. Whereas Lieberman almost always voted with his party on all issues except for one, Chafee almost never votes with his. In fact, an eventual loss of Chafee's seat to a Democrat could affect the balance of power in terms of the partisan composition of the Senate, but it would make virtually no difference in terms of votes on individual issues.

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