Wednesday, December 21, 2005


The following was sent to Sen. Elizabeth Dole after reading her LTE in the Wall Street Journal lecturing Pat Toomey and all who follow him for (gasp!) supporting a "Republican" mayor in Rhode Island who is challenging Sen. Lincoln Chaffee in the upcoming primary.

"[The Democrats] expect the 43 senators who voted against drilling — all but four Democrats as well as GOP Sens. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island — not to yield to further pressures and change their vote."

The above is a quote from an AP story regarding the recent vote to end a largely Democratic fillibuster of a budget billing that includes a provision for drilling in ANWR. It was predictable that Lincoln Chaffee would vote against you and your colleagues. But on the very day your letter the Wall Street Journal in support of Sen. Chaffee appeared? How drippingly sweet. I would have loved to see the look on your face...but then again, you surely knew how Sen. Chaffee would vote. You knew he would vote against you when you wrote your letter. Only the biggest fool would have failed to see this. And I never considered you a fool, Mrs. Dole.

I just want to know what you think the difference would be between Lincoln Chaffee and a liberal Democrat? I have to give him credit though. The other RINOs in the Senate didn't have the guts that Chaffee did. What is worse: a gutless, spineless RINO (Voinovich, Snowe, Hagle, Specter) or a principled one?

I would take a princpled RINO over the other variety. There are obviously fewer of them!

Mike Netherland