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Who Is The ‘Cocky Whacko,’ Mr. Chafee?

First, from an approving Associated Press :

Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee: Sarah Palin a ‘Cocky Whacko’

September 11, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee has called vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a “cocky whacko” and said her selection as John McCain’s running mate has energized supporters of Democrat Barack Obama.

Chafee left the Republican Party last year after losing his bid for re-election and now supports Obama. He told an audience Tuesday at the New America Foundation in Washington the Alaska governor has revived a “lackluster McCain candidacy.”

“They’ve just thrown this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election,” Chafee said in response to an audience member’s question about whether the Obama campaign should worry about Palin’s presence in the race.

He said her speech at the Republican National Convention had the unintended effect of energizing Democrats and Obama supporters.

“People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, ‘I just sent money to Obama, I couldn’t sleep last night’ — from the left. To see this cocky whacko up there,” Chafee said to laughter.

Chafee said Thursday he finds much of Palin’s convention speech objectionable, particularly her “mocking” assertion that Obama was overly concerned with al-Qaida terrorists getting read their rights.

That comment “got to the core of everything wrong with the last eight years,” he said.

I consider that whacky, and certainly her tone was very, very cocky,” said Chafee, a visiting fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. “So I thought they were appropriate words.”

So what are the erstwhile Senator’s (non-cocky, non-whacko) positions?

From On The Issues:

Lincoln Chafee on Abortion

    * Embryonic stem cell research could help with many diseases. (Sep 2006)
    * Leaving abortion to states means only wealthy have choice. (Sep 2006)
    * The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells. (Aug 2006)
    * Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test. (Aug 2006)
    * Strongly supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”. (Sep 2000)
    * Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
    * Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
    * Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
    * Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
    * Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
    * Rated 90% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
    * Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
    * Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. (Sep 2006)

Lincoln Chafee on Civil Rights

    * Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution. (Sep 2006)
    * Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
    * Continue affirmative action programs. (Jan 2000)
    * Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
    * Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
    * Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
    * Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
    * Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
    * Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Lincoln Chafee on Crime

    * Focus on inmate skills & treatment. (Jan 2000)
    * Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
    * More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
    * Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Lincoln Chafee on Energy & Oil

    * Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
    * Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
    * Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
    * Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
    * Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
    * Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
    * Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
    * Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
    * Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
    * Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
    * Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
    * Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
    * Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
    * Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Homeland Security

    * Replace unilateral pre-emption with Mideast alliances. (Sep 2006)
    * Keep Rhode Island’s military installations thriving. (Aug 2006)
    * Supports more spending on Armed Forces personnel. (Sep 2000)
    * Decrease funding for missile defense. (Jan 2000)
    * Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
    * Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
    * Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
    * Voted YES on restoring $565M for states’ and ports’ first responders. (Mar 2005)
    * Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
    * Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)

Lincoln Chafee on Immigration

    * Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. (Aug 2006)
    * [Chafee] supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens. (Aug 2006)
    * More programs for legal immigrants. (Jan 2000)
    * Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    * English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
    * Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
    * Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid. (May 2005)

Just who is the “cocky whacko” here?

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