The Republicans managed to prop up liberal Sen. Lincoln Chaffee the other day by dumping a lot of money into the Rhode Island Republican Primary so that he could ward off a stiff challenge from a conservative newcomer.
I was conflicted by the results. A victory by the conservative candidate would have pretty much guaranteed a Democratic victory in November — Rhode Island is about 80 percent Democratic. Republicans were prepared to pull up stakes and concede the seat in that case.
But by winning, Republicans will have to spend even more money in the fall if Chaffee hopes to hang on against Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.
I can think of worse ways for Republicans to spend their money than supporting a guy who I agree with about 90 percent of the time. Heh heh heh.