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Kos tells us that despite the fact that the Sierra Club only gives Lincoln Chafee a 20% approval rating for his voting record, they are endorsing him.  Presumably because he "bucks his party" (and if he’s ever done so in a meaningful way where it wasn’t all for show on a useless vote, I’d like to see it).  But the Sierra Club sure is enthusiastic about him, and they are also going to put their muscle behind getting him re-elected:

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Senator Chafee’s campaign.

"We pledge to do all we can to help ensure Senator Chafee is re elected," concluded Buckser. " Sierra Club volunteers will work with the campaign to contact voters about his exemplary environmental record.  We look forward to a victory party for the environment on election night and to many more years of Lincoln Chafee fighting for the environment as a U.S. Senator."

This is quite possibly even worse than NARAL’s continued support for Chafee who only has a 65% voting record last year on pro-choice issues (and if you count his cloture votes on judges — which NARAL did not — it’s even worse).

I know these organizations get really excited when the GOP takes a wrecking ball to their causes because the donations come flooding in.  I’m becoming exceptionally piqued that they manipulate people’s legitimate fears in order to raise cash and perpetuate themselves with little or no regard to the cause they pretend to serve. 

If the Democrats are going to retake the Senate in the next election and prevent another Strip Search Sammy from getting on the Supreme Court, Chafee holds one of the key seats that must be retaken.  Are the Sierra Club and NARAL doing their best to ensure a permanent Republican majority that will keep them in the chips in perpetuity and leave the rest of us at the mercy of a narcissistic child with his finger on the nuclear football, his power to destroy unchecked by any oversight? 

It seems like they very much are.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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