Lincoln Chafee, former Democratic presidential candidate and a cheerful papa squirrel gathering nuts for the winter, has been located at long last. He is, according to a short interview with Esquire, on a “sabbatical year” right now, and very much regrets that his campaign focused so much on converting the United States to the metric system.
Looking back on the primary, are there things you wish you did better?
I guess the big mistake—I went back and forth on including the metric system angle. I was just crossing my fingers there would be some intellectual approach to the various proposals I put out in my announcement speech, which kind of covered the gamut, from ending capital punishment, to bringing Edward Snowden home. Also, I was for TPP. Unfortunately, my crossed fingers didn’t work, and it just turned into more of a joke about metric, not “let’s look at the bigger picture.” I think, and it’s a trend, there’s just less of a Walter Cronkite, I call it, approach to the news. It’s entertainment. Donald Trump, early on, said: I’m just going to push every possible emotional button I can. I don’t care! And he crushed the nomination.
I love, so much, that “crossed fingers” played such a large role in Lincoln Chafee’s primary campaign. My fingers have been crossed, too—ever since that fateful day when he withdrew from the race with a reference to Lysistrata—that I will one day bump into Lincoln Chafee, perhaps tasting soup options at my local Hale and Hearty, or sitting underneath a large tree, humming a Fleetwood Mac song.
Chafee also told Esquire that if he could do last year’s Democratic debate over again, he would have stood the heck up to Anderson Cooper: “If I had to do it over again I would’ve engaged more and said, ‘I didn’t come here to debate five people, I came to debate these four people!’”
What might the world look like today?