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September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin Called *Cocky Wacko* By Senator Lincoln Chafee

Earlier on this week, former Senator Lincoln Chaffee, a former Republican turned Independent told a Washington think tank that Sarah Palin is a “cocky wacko.” Chaffee, who is generally known for his low profile on Capital Hill, made the blunt comments at the New America Foundation in Washington on Tuesday.

John McCain is running a lackluster campaign according to Lincoln Chaffee and many others. What exactly he stands for is not clear that the points that he was known to have stood for before, seem to be arbitrary now that he is running for president. That is why his strategy to bring Palin in is rather remarkable. Now there are plenty of people talking about his campaign but is it in a good way?

People seem to be split on Palin. You either love her or hate her. The middle ground is pretty much missing in this case. Of course, there are a good number of Republican Senate and House members that may feel the same way that Chaffee does, but because of their party affiliation, will have to stand behind McCain and Palin. It will be interesting to see how to nomination of Palin will effect the Republican party as a whole.

As the presidential campaign moves on more and more people are becoming disillusioned with the political outlook of America. The dichotomy that is Republican and Democratic is not much of a dichotomy anymore. Over the past eight years members of both parties that make up the Senate and the House have let the country down. It is very difficult for voters to throw their support behind either candidate because of this very reason. What we have going on now is a battle of race and gender that has little to do with politics. The real issues at hand will not be dealt with while this circus goes on.

Lincoln Chaffee followed in his father’s footsteps as a Senator fro Rhode Island. His father was senator from 1976 until his death in 1999. Chaffee lost his re-lection bid tow years ago when anti-Republican sentiment was very high. Now that he is no longer a senator, he seems to spend his time causing uproars amongst the public. While Palin may be a “cocky wacko”, which for the record, may be a valid claim, she is still in the game. Chaffee on the other hand, is going around hanging out on television shows making blunt and bold comments.

Earlier this year Chaffee called out Democrats that supported the Iraq war when it began and are not upset that they made that choice. While his comments were pretty much on target in that case as well, Chaffee needs to find a way to be more than a mouthpiece. He must find a way to get back into politics and do more than just talk. Right now America needs more than words to fix the mess it is in. If Chaffee has some solutions he should find a way to get back into a position of power and put some of those things to use.

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