Skip to comments.Mike Huckabee: Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?
Posted on 01/14/2014 6:51:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Apparently someone applied this term to Huck himself and it brought him up short. Youd think hed be used to it after the millionth time.
Im fine with swapping it out for another term, but how do I describe myself then? Candy-ass centrist? Thats too vague. Candy-ass establishmentarian? Better, but still a mouthful. Few substitutes have the pithy poetic zing of candy-ass RINO.
Many of you used a term that Id like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party: RINO, he said, calling it a pejorative term that questioned ones purity
With all due respect, Ive fought in the trenches of Republican politics for over two decades, but I wouldnt pretend that Im lord over determining who the real Republicans are versus the so-called RINOs, he said
Huckabee reminded his readers that Jesus once said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, referring to the Gospel of Matthew
Id rather have a loyal dog who licks me than one with a pedigree who bites me, he added. Id rather go to battle with someone who isnt perfect than with someone who thinks he is.
How Jesus ended up in a scolding about RINOs versus true cons, I dont know. I dont understand the dog analogy either. The point about conservatives and RINOs isnt that the former has a pedigree and the latter doesnt, its that the latter frequently advertise themselves as one thing and then vote as another. Theyre the opposite of loyal. Although maybe thats an insight into where Huck stands on all this. From the perspective of, say, John Boehner, its true the RINOs are the loyal dog and tea partiers are the pedigreed ones who bite. How does that analogy work from the standpoint of conservative voters, though? Who would Hucks erstwhile constituents in Arkansas regard as having more of a pedigree, tea-party freshmen or Beltway Republicans whove been in Washington gladhanding rich lobbyists for 25 years?
Thats a key irony about Huck, though: Hes really not a RINO in the sense that the terms usually used these days. Hes no more a creature of the Beltway than those tea-party freshmen are; on the contrary, one of the core grievances of his 2008 campaign was that the GOP establishment disdains the sort of rural, religious, blue-collar voters that it purports to represent and that he connects with. He gets slapped with the RINO label because of his big-government heresies but theres got to be another term to distinguish a social-conservative warrior from the sort of status-quo D.C. slicksters we all think of when the R-bomb is dropped. How about Pope Francis Republican? Theres a market for that out there. Not enough to get him close to the nomination in 2016 but enough to keep politics interesting.
Exit question: Isnt there some support among tea partiers too for jettisoning increasingly outdated labels like RINO? Read this Erick Erickson post from October before you answer.
Update: A friend suggests Eeyorepublican. I could live with that.
What would you wish us to call you then, Huck?
Kapo is the term I use for his kind.
No Mike, it’s time we retired the RINOs themselves.
RINO RINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINO AND ALSO you’re also a murderer for letting that guy go to come to Seattle and kill four cops.
Retire RINOs then retire the term.
if find THIS to be OBJECTIONABLE...and I intend to let him now that!
>>>>”Huckabee reminded his readers that Jesus once said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, referring to the Gospel of Matthew ”<<<<
its a BAD analogy and huckabees theology is badly broken!
I’m not in favor of retiring it but I am in favor of it being used more discretely.
Too many people on our side think that a RINO is someone who doesn’t agree with them 98% of the time.
Huck is a BINO
Baptist In Name Only
Let’s retire the term “racist”, too.
And no more accusing others of being engaged in a “war on women”.
We’ll change to “Republicans who have no commitment to Constitutionalism and possess no compelling vision that would serve to overcome their innate ridiculousness”.
How’s that strike you?
“Mike Huckabee: Isnt it time we retire the term RINO?”
Uh, nope, Gov. It’s time to retire the RINO’s...
Mayhap Brino ... Baptist Rino?
Club for Amnesty
Retire all of the RINOs and we won’t need the term anymore.
He would have to have the RINO tatoo removed from his backside~!
Huck is long gone to the dark side of the R Party and apparently would like to drag along a few fine Baptists with him, who buy into his aw’ shucks down home schlick.
That would actually be superior to slinging around epithets that have gotten so vague as to be almost meaningless — which only indicate things that the speaker does not like.
As for innate ridiculousness, every mortal has it. It’s from the fall of humanity.
The only thing that this tells me is that we should continue to point out the RINOs. The more they squeal is only evidence of it’s effectiveness.
And doesn’t he saound like a damned liberal? Whining about what terms we are allowed to use? Jeez.
LOL! < /snort!>
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