The press won’t have Linc Chafee to kick around any more. (If you don’t that historical reference, go here for Richard Nixon’s legendary “last press conference” of 1962.)
Anyway, the tripartisan Chafee, a former mayor, governor and U.S. senator who during his career was elected as a Republican and an independent and this year sought the Democratic nomination for president, has acknowledged the obvious (that he will not be the nominee) and withdrew this morning from the race.
Chafee never registered in the polls, was barely noticed until the first Dem debate, after which he was mostly mocked. But I have to confess, I respect and admire what he did in his strange political career, which included being the one and only Republican to vote no on the resolution authorizing the Iraq War.
He was also mocked (although I don’t see why) for wanting to make a campaign issue out of advocating that the United States switch to the metric system. I also learn from this NPR piece covering his withdrawal press conference that after college he worked for several years as a farrier, which (I also learn) is a term for someone who shoes horses.