Stateside,  Vote 2016

Linc! Linc! Linc!

Another candidate has entered the race for the 2016 presidential race.

Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island who was later elected governor of the state as an Independent, announced he is running for the Democratic nomination.

Chafee may have been the last of the old-fashioned liberal Republicans to serve in the Senate, whose like we will never see again.

Ed Kilgore at The Washington Monthly observes:

The most interesting thing about Chafee may be what he decided to do with his life after graduating from Phillips Academy and Brown back in the mid-1970s: he went west to Montana State University and learned the art and craft of being a farrier: a master in shoeing horses. He then spent seven years traveling around the U.S. and Canada plying his trade on the harness racing circuit. This was probably pretty good training for the gig of being a very minor figure on the presidential campaign trail, and will also supply him with a vast storehouse of racing metaphors. We’ll see how long he lasts.