Lincoln Chafee, "Old-School Conservative"?

April 15th, 2006 10:26 PM

We must thank Washington Post political reporter Shailagh Murray for the laugh-out-loud paragraph of the week, the second paragraph of her front-page Friday profile of Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a “Republican On The Edge”:   

The GOP senator had appeared the previous night before the Scituate Republican Town Committee to seek the endorsement of the small but influential group. In his halting, soft-spoken way, Chafee defended his opposition to the war in Iraq, domestic wiretapping and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. as the principled positions of an old-school conservative.

The story has a happy ending: Scituate decided to endorse Chafee's conservative opponent, Stephen Laffey.