was at lunch yesterday with a bunch of retired friends, we were talking about the RI Senate race of Chaffee vs. Whitehouse and the conflicts we felt. Coincidentally all of us tend to be more liberal than conservative.. What it came down to for us was: Is Lincoln Chaffee that bad? He is about as left as a Republican can get, he voted against Iraq, does not toe the party line and has seniority in the Senate. There is really nothing we did not like about Chaffee, except he is a republican. Of course he is a blue blood, but that seems to be a prerequisite to become a senator. Is Sheldon Whitehouse that good? We really do not like this guy, most of us at lunch are either probation or corrections retirees, and know his record as an AG. He is a carpetbagger who is a blue blood also, but he does not inspire us.. maybe it is his gummy grin and he really is not saying much that makes us want to vote for him except the same old rhetoric, blah, blah, blah... We didn't reach any conclusion, but the question came down to do we vote out an incumbent who has seniority in the Senate whose track record we know and mostly agree with? Or do we just vote Democratic, for an unknown we really do not like so we can say the Senate is 51 to 49? Anyways great lunch, great conversation and left with a quandary, most of us still believe our votes still count and what we do is very important.