Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead, and his father had led before him, because the national Republican Party has gone too far away from his stance on too many critical issues, from war to economics to the environment.
“It’s not my party any more,” he said.
Chafee’s departure is another step in the waning of the strain of moderate Republicanism that was once a winning political philosophy from Rhode Island and Connecticut to the Canadian border.
I do often consider Chafee one of the very few "unfortunate" casualties of the '06 midterms, but it seemed like he very rarely actually had the backbone to dispute with his party vocally. Still, Lincoln Chafee and the Republican party were a terrible fit, as I think most Republicans would agree.
You know you want to, Linc. Come to the side of the light.