September 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Former GOP senator calls Palin a 'cocky wacko'

 Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee has words for Sarah Palin.
Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee has words for Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee was known for keeping a low-key profile on Capitol Hill, but the Republican -turned -Independent is making waves with his exceedingly blunt comments on newly-minted Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin:

She's a "cocky wacko," he told a Washington think tank earlier this week.

WATCH: Chafee make the remarks

Chafee, the lone Senate Republican to vote against the Iraq war who endorsed Obama's White House bid earlier this year, told an audience at the New America Foundation in Washington Tuesday that Palin's selection has energized Obama backers.

"People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, 'I just sent money to Obama, I couldn't sleep last night' - from the left. To see this cocky wacko up there," he said.

He also described McCain's candidacy as "lackluster” and described the selection of Palin as a throwing "this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election."


Chafee, whose father served as senator from Rhode Island from 1976 until his death in 1999, narrowly lost his re-election bid two years ago to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse amid that election cycle’s wave of anti-Republican sentiment.

Chafee made a stir earlier this year when he directly called out Democrats who supported the Iraq war and were now expressing regret for their vote.

“I find it surprising now, in 2008, how many Democrats are running for president after shirking their constitutional duty to check and balance this president,” he wrote in his January 2008 book, “Against the Tide.” “Being wrong about sending Americans to kill and be killed, maim and be maimed, is not like making a punctuation mistake in a highway bill."


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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown

    Now THIS is straight talk...take a lesson McCain...

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Really??!!

    How does a former Rhode Island Senator (who is not in office during Palin's term as govenor Alaska) know her. Has he even had meet, conversed or even had an email from her??

    Cocky Wacko?? FORMER Senator Chafee... your 15 minutes are up!!!

    McCain all the way!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Unimpressed

    Who even cares what Chaffee thinks anyway ...

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. USMC Mike

    I think Hurricane Palin has hit landfall and is already starting to dicipate ... She's turning back into a Tropical Storm again; about to be forgotten by the end of the month ...

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Eric the Midget

    I will do the ballon stunt.......with Sarah!

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. sticks and stones

    Yeah, well Chafee is a nity nity poo poo.

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. david

    She thinks the world is going to end in 20 years anyways. Thats her religious belief. So she doesnt care about our nature, our world, our home. All she cares about is use up what the world has NOW. Goodbye America.... We are going to fall because of Mccain and Palin.

    September 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Well said mr. Chafee, I agree, I too am a republican turned independent suporting Obama/ Biden

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Frank

    Chaffee is a left wing pacifist. His demeaner is absolutely frightening when you listen to him speak. Glad he's gone!!

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. McCain=President

    Chafee turned republican only to get voted in and then screwed RI by moving to another state.Talk about a lackluster

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. matt

    thank you, uh, esteemed former senator chappee..

    (as the Obamamobile starts to backfire more than the Clampetts car on Beverly Hillbillies)

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!

    Thank you Mr. Chafee, nice to see that someone who was a Republican actually speaks his mind. I'll bet there's lots of them out there that just don't want to deal with the grief.

    But watch out – the Rovian machine is coming to get you next.

    You'll hear all sorts of nasty remarks and slurs upon your character. You'll probably even have the religious right demanding that someone (anyone! or Senator Obama!) chastise you for your comments about Ms. Palin.

    Find your umbrella... the ...storm is coming...

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Mavis

    Which canidate is talking about organic farming and organic food?

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. steve

    Beware this cocky wacko, the libs are scared to death, what a riot to watch them try to destroy her. That cocky wacko is about to kick your butts!

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Johnny B

    Was there a less acomplished senator than Lincoln Chafee? Oh right, Barak Obama.

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. C. Villar

    I hear Sara Palin masks are banned for halloween. All the Democrats would be so scared they would run to the left coast. I've never seen so few (Sara) scare so many (Democrats). Get back to issues. She is far more experienced than obamawama.

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Kevin C.

    Way To Go Senator Chafee, Way to Go !!!, But Hillary needs to be alot more active in the campaign.

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Christopher Graves

    What do you expect from a Northern leftist turncoat?

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. MD in Oklahoma

    Palin only energized the Republican base (the conservative Christians) They were having such a hard time trying to decide to jump on board with McCain. They have found their saviour.

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Beth

    Hmmmmmm, I just wonder who is really the whacko?

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. alda

    It seems that many Obama faithful spend their days and hours writing childish comments on line, forgetting that there is a real world out there involving some people who don't even know what a CNN comment is (or care). When Obama messes up the country worse than Jimmy Carter, the Obama fans will have learned their lesson (for some of them a second time!). Less government (and taxes) is always better than more government and more taxes. The do-gooders never seem to realize this until it is too late.

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Jon Peirce

    Chafee's party–fiscally conservative but pro civil-rights and cautious about international intervention–was taken over by wackoes of the Palin stripe starting in the Reagan years.

    Her views on creationism, scientific research, Iraq, and many other subjects are so far out as to disqualify her from serious consideration by any except brain-damaged trailer park trash. Unfortunately, there are quite a few of those lurking around, coming out mostly at night when no one will see them.

    Wild Otter

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Cathy Agu

    Palin is a hot air ballon. Do I hear Repug....deflation?

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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