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Mike Huckabee: Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?
Hot Air ^ | January 14, 2014 | Allahpundit

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. You’d think he’d be used to it after the millionth time.

I’m fine with swapping it out for another term, but how do I describe myself then? “Candy-ass … centrist”? That’s 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 I’d like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party: RINO,” he said, calling it a “pejorative term” that questioned one’s purity…

“With all due respect, I’ve fought in the trenches of Republican politics for over two decades, but I wouldn’t pretend that I’m 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…

“I’d rather have a loyal dog who licks me than one with a pedigree who bites me,” he added. “I’d rather go to battle with someone who isn’t perfect than with someone who thinks he is.”

How Jesus ended up in a scolding about RINOs versus true cons, I don’t know. I don’t understand the dog analogy either. The point about conservatives and RINOs isn’t that the former has a “pedigree” and the latter doesn’t, it’s that the latter frequently advertise themselves as one thing and then vote as another. They’re the opposite of loyal. Although maybe that’s an insight into where Huck stands on all this. From the perspective of, say, John Boehner, it’s 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 Huck’s erstwhile constituents in Arkansas regard as having more of a “pedigree,” tea-party freshmen or Beltway Republicans who’ve been in Washington gladhanding rich lobbyists for 25 years?

That’s a key irony about Huck, though: He’s really not a “RINO” in the sense that the term’s usually used these days. He’s 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 there’s 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”? There’s 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: Isn’t 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.


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KEYWORDS: gomerhuckleberry; gop; huckabee; manyrinos; rino; rinos
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1 posted on 01/14/2014 6:51:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What would you wish us to call you then, Huck?


2 posted on 01/14/2014 6:52:32 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kapo is the term I use for his kind.


3 posted on 01/14/2014 6:53:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Um. No.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 6:53:29 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Mike, it’s time we retired the RINOs themselves.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 6:54:13 PM PST by Junk Silver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RINO RINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINO AND ALSO you’re also a murderer for letting that guy go to come to Seattle and kill four cops.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 6:54:49 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?

Retire RINOs then retire the term.

7 posted on 01/14/2014 6:55:59 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!


8 posted on 01/14/2014 6:56:02 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

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.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 6:56:13 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: doc1019

Huck is a BINO

Baptist In Name Only


10 posted on 01/14/2014 6:56:23 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure Mikey.

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?


11 posted on 01/14/2014 6:57:14 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Mike Huckabee: Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?”

Uh, nope, Gov. It’s time to retire the RINO’s...


12 posted on 01/14/2014 6:58:53 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Fai Mao

Mayhap Brino ... Baptist Rino?


13 posted on 01/14/2014 6:59:09 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCainiacs

Club for Amnesty


14 posted on 01/14/2014 7:00:35 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Retire all of the RINOs and we won’t need the term anymore.


15 posted on 01/14/2014 7:00:40 PM PST by G Larry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He would have to have the RINO tatoo removed from his backside~!


16 posted on 01/14/2014 7:00:44 PM PST by dalereed
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To: cripplecreek

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.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 7:01:50 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 7:02:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 7:02:20 PM PST by Vanbasten
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! < /snort!>


20 posted on 01/14/2014 7:03:04 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: doc1019

Okay, Gov’ner Huck,
You are in Luck.
We here mean to say,
What RINO substitutes
Are Okay:

* Probable Republican
* Undeclared Republican
* Undecided Republican
* Middle-of-the-road Republican
* Moderate Republican
* Liberal Republican
* Cave-In Republican
* Betrayer Republican
* Cowardly Republican
* Turncoat Republican
* Rockefeller Republican
* McCain Republican
* Romney Republican
* Boehner Republican
* McConnell Republican
* Bi-Partisan Republican
* Democrats’ Republican
* Democrat-Republican
* Neo-Democrat
* Obamacrat-Democrat-Republican
* Obamacrat.

What did you chose,
Gov’ner Huck?
We keep it simple,
Here in Flyover Country,
We call all of them RINOs.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 7:04:08 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: RitaOK

A return the Lord’s way (as opposed to the world’s wishful way, which has managed to gain great currency even here) will look like it has a wimpy side. It will look like tolerance and patience. However it will also have an ultimate goal that is crystal clear. God never put us here to have effective politicians anyhow. That’s only a side effect of fervent faith.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 7:04:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Graewoulf

Challenge him square on the level of his faith... assuming you even can.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 7:05:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why don't we retire this execrable lie:

“I’d rather go to battle with someone who isn’t perfec

No one's asking for "perfection". But we do have standards. So live up to em and everyone will be happy.

24 posted on 01/14/2014 7:07:23 PM PST by DManA
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To: Junk Silver

WIN!


25 posted on 01/14/2014 7:11:32 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: DManA

Your quest will be in vain as long as you look on the human level. Checkered souls are the ONLY souls that are here, and how do you know how you would perform under the temptations and pressures of politics? Maybe a little differently than when safely on this board and a million people’s votes aren’t hanging on something that would only get you zotted here?

You are wise however to look to the man whose eyes are as firmly as you can find on the Perfect one. I don’t know a whole lot about Huck and how his faith plays out. It’s easy to idolize the status of being a Baptist (or Catholic or whatever) and that is NOT the same as being a faithful though still flawed Christian.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 7:15:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently the AR legislature is much more conservative now than when Huckabee was there. It even appears that Jonesboro on January 14 elected a Tea Party Republican to a state Senate vacancy though the returns are incomplete, and the turnout was abysmal. Huckabee is probably unaware of the changes in the AR legislature since 2012.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 7:16:56 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is Huckaphoney trying to sell us this time?


28 posted on 01/14/2014 7:17:24 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huckaphony is a RINO.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 7:17:58 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?
__________________________________________

WHY, NO


30 posted on 01/14/2014 7:18:12 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Graewoulf

Hey, you left off Cornball Republican!


31 posted on 01/14/2014 7:18:41 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No. It must offend you sir.


32 posted on 01/14/2014 7:19:11 PM PST by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How Jesus ended up in a scolding about RINOs versus true cons, I don’t know.

Ummm... when the Name before Whom every knee will bow comes up, it's probably worth it to try to understand the context rather than just flipping it away as irrelevant! How did Jesus get into this? It's a VERY important question. Maybe you have some other Plan B savior. I don't. Huck doesn't.

33 posted on 01/14/2014 7:19:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: doc1019

What would you wish us to call you then, Huck?

How about his old AR nickname, “Tax Hike Mike”?

As far as retiring; how about if we retire him? At least Romney had the decency to go away after loosing.


34 posted on 01/14/2014 7:21:52 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, you have something against fried tree rat?


35 posted on 01/14/2014 7:22:33 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, it would certainly help the RINOs if we did that.


36 posted on 01/14/2014 7:22:36 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: logic101.net

Let’s go for the gold of hypotheticals.

A Huck presidency.

All of a sudden that doesn’t look so bad does it.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 7:23:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Mike Huckabee. I wish he was our president now instead of what we have now. He was a better candidate than McCain or Romney. Huckabee, Palin would have been a great team.


38 posted on 01/14/2014 7:24:54 PM PST by make no mistake
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To: DManA
I wouldn't describe a republican who hasn't the guts or the principles to stand on practically any conservative issue as 'not perfect'.

RINO is the least profane term I can think of. Huck shouldn't complain.

39 posted on 01/14/2014 7:27:06 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just pretend it's a government hard drive and destroy the acronym, Governor.

This is from wiki graffiti but I've heard it elsewhere also.

Shortly before announcing his candidacy for the President of the United States, Huckabee ordered that the drives of 83 computers and 4 servers be destroyed during his transition phase in leaving office. According to Claire Bailey, director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, the governor's office chose a combination of writing over the data and destroying the hard drives. Huckabee said that the decision to crush the hard drives was made in order to "protect the privacy of those who had personal information on the drives." Critics, however, recalled that early in Huckabee's term as governor, documents, e-mails and memos stored on hard drives formed the basis of embarrassing stories about Huckabee, including the allegations regarding personal use of the Governor's Mansion funds.

40 posted on 01/14/2014 7:28:40 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It should probably be CINO, anyway.


41 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:16 PM PST by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Huck’s faith in the GOP Establishment, RINOs, and Moderates are Huck’s topic of issue.

Huck brought up the topic of RINOs and wants to change the Republican dialog, which convinces me that he has chosen to be on the side of the same sorry Neo-Democrats that have allowed Commie Obama to be as successful as he has been.

Should he decide to run for POTUS or Veep, he will be a formidable adversary to those of us who want to rid the Republican Party of the RINOs, Neo-Democrats, and clear cut Obamacrats.

Huck may appeal to the hold-your-nose-when-you-vote voter segment of the GOP, but the odds are that the final results will be similar to McCain and Romney.

Huck wanted to bring the RINO battle to us early, and I for one am more than happy to oblige!


42 posted on 01/14/2014 7:32:58 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree, Mike. Let’s call things - and people - by their proper names: Vichy Republican swine. In the mirror, Mike. You.


43 posted on 01/14/2014 7:34:47 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mike Huckabee: Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?

Fine. I think the term CINO (Conservative In Name Only) is more accurate anyway.

44 posted on 01/14/2014 7:42:24 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: doc1019
What would you wish us to call you then, Huck?

How about A$$hats!

45 posted on 01/14/2014 7:51:24 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'd rather be a RINO than a RAT...

I don't know Huckabee’s reason but for me, focus on the budget! STOP THE NONSENSE! Huckabee on wrong path, it's not about an acronym, it's about actions and accountability.

46 posted on 01/14/2014 7:52:58 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay, Huck. How ‘bout DIROs...

Democrats Imitating Republican Officeholders

That better?


47 posted on 01/14/2014 7:54:07 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: zeugma
Mike Huckabee: Isn’t it time we retire the term “RINO”?

Fine. I think the term CINO (Conservative In Name Only) is more accurate anyway.

Exactly... if you don't want to be a RINO than stop being a CINO!! Huckabee, you there? No, I'm afraid...

48 posted on 01/14/2014 7:58:30 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huck thinks he’s going to take Christie’s place as the RINO bet for the nomination.


49 posted on 01/14/2014 8:07:41 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jesus once said that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,”

He should be preaching that to the republican establishment, not to conservatives.

50 posted on 01/14/2014 8:11:47 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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