Chafee's Final Pitch

It is another sign of the utterly unique quality of Lincoln Chafee's bid for governor: he is, perhaps, the only politician in the nation to prominently feature President Obama in his closing ad.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, also gets some play in the spot, which seeks to nail down Chafee's two constituencies: progressives and independents seeking a good-government type.

If he pulls this thing off, it's going to be fascinating to watch the former Republican play to the base he has cobbled together, while attempting to maintain a reputation for fiscal conservatism and incorruptible independence.

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