So-called "moderate" Republican Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island should be one of the Democrats' easiest targets this year. Rhode Island is Bush's worst state in terms of approval, and Chafee always sides with Bush on close votes in the Senate. So why is he an even bet for re-election? Buzzflash has a cogent analysis.
To me, the strategy is clear and simple: wrap Bush's massive unpopularity in Rhode Island around Chafee's throat. Emphasize Chafee's pro-Bush loyalties. And then get foursquare behind the next Democratic U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse. There is simply no excuse for as Blue a state as Rhode Island being represented by a Bush enabler.