Connecticut Democrats are backing recently defeated GOP Congressman Chris Shays for director of the Peace Corps. Shays is a plausible selection -- he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji for two years and is a strong supporter of foreign aid.
This is one of the nice things that can happen when you defeat a reasonably competent and intelligent Northeastern Republican -- you liberate him from his miserable role as a pawn to John Boehner and free him up to advance the national interest somewhere else. It's too bad Tom Allen couldn't help Susan Collins find a position better suited to her talents this year.
It's a shame we haven't found a place for Lincoln Chafee. I actually really like that guy, and in a more rational world where the GOP weren't so batshit insano (and if I were a resident of Rhode Island), I would have voted for him.
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