Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from “independent” and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.
His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared “principles and priorities and values” with the Dems, on minor little things like “affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”
Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:
“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”
I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man… not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.
Okay, a lot.
How’s that rebranding thing workin’ for ya, GOP?