April 18, 2015

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee might be running for the Democratic nomination or maybe he isn't, depending on which way the wind is blowing during any interviews he gives. But the former Republican-turned-Democrat isn't shy about behaving like a middle school gossip, spreading his boy tropes around about Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to Alan Colmes Thursday, Chafee leaned in and told Colmes' listeners that Hillary Clinton was "cold," and "wanted to be the center of attention."

Projecting a little there, perhaps? After all, she has been the center of attention all week, while he's had to troll CNN for a headline or two ahead of his maybe-announcement about his meaningless candidacy. When have you ever heard a male politician speak of his male colleagues as attention-seeking cold fish?

COLMES: Do you have any relationship with Hillary Clinton? Do you know her at all?

CHAFEE: We served together in the Senate and we served on the Environment and Public Works Committee together. I worked on a couple of bills with her.

COLMES: What’s your impression?

CHAFEE: She’s as everyone said a policy wonk, she can be cold.

COLMES: Cold personally? Not a warm fuzzy human being?

CHAFEE: Yeah, when we worked on some of these issues, she likes to be the center of attention.

Speaking for me, I'll take a policy wonk who wants to be the center of attention over a warm fuzzy lying Republican.

I remember seeing Chafee at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where he stood tall for the No Labels crowd.

As the nation's only independent Governor, I am here tonight to join with my Democratic friends, on the eve of an election critical to the future of our children and their country.

As a former Republican, I represent a group of Americans who all too often have no one to speak for them.

This group doesn't necessarily have a name.

We've been called "moderates," but that term can be misleading.

There is nothing moderate about our love of country or our passion for America's future.

There is nothing moderate about our desire to work together within the broad political center in which most Americans live.

There's nothing particularly interesting about it either, or about Chafee's attitude toward his former female colleague.

He snuffled around a run in the 2004 primaries when he was still a Republican, too. Then he wanted to push Republicans to end the war. Not a word about much else, and certainly not about the middle class. He's an opportunist, but he squandered the small one he might have had here.

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