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What exactly is a RINO?

Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:29 am
Posted by roadGator
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:29 am
Someone with a R by their name but isn’t realty a Republican or strong conservative?

Who are some examples?
Posted by Bunk Moreland
Member since Dec 2010
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:29 am to
Trump has spun this into anyone who is not MAGA.
Posted by David_DJS
Member since Aug 2005
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:30 am to
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Someone with a R by their name but isn’t realty a Republican or strong conservative?

Who are some examples?

Spends like a Democrat and expands the power/reach of fedgov because in principle, he believes in big government.

McConnell
Thune
Trump
Posted by SloaneRanger
Upper Hurstville
Member since Jan 2014
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:32 am to
Romney is the prime example. Haley is another.
Posted by ragincajun03
Member since Nov 2007
21059 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:33 am to
RINO examples:

Mitch McConnell
Lindsey Graham
Liz Cheney
Susan Collins
Francis Thompson
John Alario
Monique Blanco Boulet (Her mom was a Democrat, but more small government conservative than her.)

I think the jury could be out on Donald Trump. Let's see how his hopeful 2nd term goes.
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 10:35 am
Posted by Wally Sparks
Atlanta
Member since Feb 2013
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:33 am to
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Spends like a Democrat and expands the power/reach of fedgov because in principle, he believes in big government.


So 99% of Republicans?
Posted by Zach
Gizmonic Institute
Member since May 2005
112308 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:33 am to
My only problem with RINO is that you must consider the state they're serving. If you're a GOP rep from NY or Calif then you must be a RINO or you would never have been elected.
Liz Cheney is a real RINO because Wyoming is not a deep blue state.
Posted by roadGator
Member since Feb 2009
139548 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:33 am to
Yeah. I don’t understand when “they” call someone a RINO at all. Their hero is the literal best example of an actual RINO.
Posted by Ray Ray Rodman
Florida
Member since Mar 2005
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:33 am to
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Someone with a R by their name but isn’t realty a Republican or strong conservative?


USED to be... Traditionally.

Now it's anyone that doesn't agree 100% with Trump. Even though there is nothing Conservative or Rep. about Trump.

If you aren't a Commie Dictator loving, kool-aid drinking, hate spewing Trump Trooper, then you are a Rhino..

In today's world, Ronald Reagan & Pat Buchanan would be considered Rhino's..
Posted by RockyMtnTigerWDE
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Member since Oct 2010
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:34 am to
Romney, Murkowski, Paul Ryan, McConnell are some that come to mind
Posted by roadGator
Member since Feb 2009
139548 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:35 am to
How is Romney a Republican in name only?

I’m pretty sure he has one of the most conservative records out there.

What makes him a RINO?

I was wrong about Mitt. 48% lifetime score. Damn. RINO for sure.
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 10:45 am
Posted by ragincajun03
Member since Nov 2007
21059 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:36 am to
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My only problem with RINO is that you must consider the state they're serving. If you're a GOP rep from NY or Calif then you must be a RINO or you would never have been elected.
Liz Cheney is a real RINO because Wyoming is not a deep blue state.


While I don't like it, you are correct about this reality. Ted Cruz ain't getting elected to the U.S. Senate if he lives in California or New York.
Posted by David_DJS
Member since Aug 2005
17705 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:37 am to
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So 99% of Republicans?

Not 99%. It's a high percentage but not that.

Go to Covid funding that Trump tried to get a Republican primaried over because he spoke out against the waste of trillions on Democrat causes - there were 40 House Republicans that voted against the measure out of about 200, so that's probably a decent measure - 80% of Republicans are RINOs.
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 10:38 am
Posted by roadGator
Member since Feb 2009
139548 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:37 am to
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Trump has spun this into anyone who is not MAGA.


Yeah. It’s worked as his followers have run with that.

I was called a RINO by a weird cultist recently. It’s wild.
Posted by LChama
Member since May 2020
1640 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:39 am to
Cornyn
Posted by roadGator
Member since Feb 2009
139548 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:40 am to
Collins has a 23% Heritage rating. The average Republican is 78%.

She is a RINO for sure.
Posted by mtb010
San Antonio
Member since Sep 2009
4349 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:41 am to
Mitt Romney, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnel, Roger Wicker, John Boozman, Bill Cassidy(he's really a slimy libtard), Lisa Murkowski, John Thune, Thom Tillis, Dan Crenshaw, etc. etc. etc.

It's whatever label you give an elected official that gets to Washington and then completely shits on their constituents and only works to enrich themselves and maintain power.
Posted by roadGator
Member since Feb 2009
139548 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:41 am to
His record is 64%
Posted by BayouBandit24
Member since Aug 2010
16528 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:44 am to
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Trump has spun this into anyone who is not MAGA


True. All while Trump is actually a huge RINO on many traditionally important conservative issues like spending.

I usually think of someone like Romney when I hear this phrase though.
Posted by Lsut81
Member since Jun 2005
80041 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 10:45 am to
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Someone with a R by their name but isn’t realty a Republican or strong conservative?


Republican In Name Only


Those that claim conservative beliefs but don't follow them. Think about claiming to be fiscally conservative, yet voting to spend 80B to Ukraine
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