When Lincoln Chafee loses his Senate seat, Olympia Snowe will be the Senate’s most liberal Republican member (though Lindsey Graham will remain my least favorite). Snowe probably won’t make anyone forget Chafee, but she’s pretty bad. For example, the Washington Times reports that she and Senator Rockefeller have written a letter to the chairman of ExxonMobil demanding that the company cease funding the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other global warming skeptics. “It is our hope,” Snowe and Rockefeller wrote, “that under your leadership, ExxonMobil would end its dangerous support of the ‘deniers.'” (emphasis added)
“Dangerous” to me is when politicians attempt to stifle debate and impose an orthodoxy by discouraging those over whom they exercise power from supporting a particular side.
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