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The RINOs: A History
The Feehery Theory ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Feehery, GOP consultant

Posted on 06/26/2014 8:09:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When news broke that Eric Cantor had lost his primary, Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for the Virginia Senate seat, immediately tweeted congratulations to David Brat. The rest of the Republican party establishment, the non-sentimental lot that it is, fell into line and pledged to support the winner.

Cantor had been defeated. There was no talk of starting a third party or sitting the election out. Sure, there was some anger and disappointment, but rank and file Republicans moved on.

Contrast with the news of what happened last night. Long before it became clear that Thad Cochran, a long-time Republican incumbent and overall highly respected senior Statesman, had been reelected, Tea Partiers had a existential meltdown. Sarah Palin went on Sean Hannity’s Show and threatened to start a third party. Prominent bloggers cried that if they didn’t get their way, they would drop out of politics entirely. Laura Ingraham, who led the charge against Cantor, threatened to join Palin.

The biggest epithet the Tea Party crowd likes to throw at prominent establishment types (like me) is that we are RINO’s. A RINO is a Republican In Name Only. But who is really the RINO? The one who fights for the nominee no matter who he (or she) is or the one who threatens to bolt the party every time a primary election doesn’t go their way?

This ideological fight has been going on a long time.

It started when Teddy Roosevelt – who is most famous these days for occasionally winning the President’s race at Nationals stadium – started the Bull Moose Party because he thought his successor wasn’t doing a sufficient job in continuing his legacy.

Roosevelt accused William Howard Taft of not really being a Republican, and vice versa.

The fight continued in the 1920’s, when Joe Cannon of Illinois battled with Bob LaFollette of Illinois. In the 1950’s, Robert Taft accused the Eisenhower Republicans of being insufficiently opposed to the New Deal, in the 1960’s, Goldwater Republicans drummed the Rockefeller Republicans out of the party, in the 1960’s, Ford battled Reagan, and in the 1980’s, the Bushs fought the Reaganites.

In the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s, a great ideological sorting took place among the parties. There was no longer a moderate wing to the GOP. The Republican party was the pro-life, pro-defense, pro-growth (and pro-business) party, while the Democrats were pro-choice, pro-labor and the largely pacifist.

The failures in the Iraq War and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 shook the three-legged stool, and in 2010, a new force, the Tea Party, came to the table. The Tea Party is far more libertarian, far more isolationist, far less in favor of big business, far more anti-immigrant and far more reactionary than the typical Republican regular.

They are far more likely to want to bolt the party if things don’t go their way.

This is a familiar, but not dominant, strain in the Republican Party. They are the Lindbergh isolationists in the 1930’s, the John Birchers in the 1950’s, the Yaffers in the 1960, the Libertarians in the 1970’s. They supported Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan in the 1990’s.

And now they are very, very angry that the Republican Party beat them in Mississippi. Some of them will leave the party, some will sit out the next election, and some will continue to agitate within the party structure and within the Tea party movement.

And ironically, they will be the ones to call out the rest of us RINOs. But we know who they are and who we are.


TOPICS: Mississippi; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: cantor; cochran; mcdaniel; palin
Got that?

John Feehery is currently the President of Quinn Gillespie Communications and Director of QGA Government Affairs. Before joining QGA, Feehery was President of the Feehery Group, a strategic advocacy firm dedicated to helping its clients achieve their legislative and communications objectives in Washington D.C., and the chief blogger for The Feehery Theory (www.thefeeherytheory.com). He is a frequent commentator on the political landscape, widely quoted around the country and often seen on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. He is also a regular contributor to CNN.com, Politico and to The Hill’s “Pundits Blog.”

Feehery has worked for almost two decades in a variety of influential positions both as a staffer for three prominent members of the United States House of Representatives Republican leadership and a communications strategist in the private sector. Most recently, Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longest-serving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives. Feehery came directly to the Speaker’s office after a stint as a government relations advocate for the Barbour, Griffith and Rogers. He also served concurrently as Vice President for Communications for Policy Impact Communications. Before that stint, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Before becoming DeLay’s communications director, he served as the Whip office’s Chief Floor Assistant, during the historically notable “Contract with America.”

Feehery started his career as a speechwriter to former U.S. House Republican Leader Bob Michel.

1 posted on 06/26/2014 8:09:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GOP = Whigs


2 posted on 06/26/2014 8:10:41 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You do like poking sticks in ant beds, don’t you?


3 posted on 06/26/2014 8:14:02 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
GOPe has shown their sheets.

They were Klan Night Riders this past tuesday


4 posted on 06/26/2014 8:14:34 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dave Brat won by 10 points.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 8:15:20 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have a new symbol for the Republican party.........


6 posted on 06/26/2014 8:15:59 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s right. We’re conservatives, he’s a stinking Republican.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 8:16:16 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tx_eggman

Me, or John Feehery?


8 posted on 06/26/2014 8:17:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy doesn’t know much about his party.


9 posted on 06/26/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish people would see that we the people have the real power. Our so called elected leaders and other such as the media are the real slaves. They have to answer totally to their masters; not us.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 8:22:32 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is a familiar, but not dominant, strain in the Republican Party. They are the Lindbergh isolationists in the 1930’s, the John Birchers in the 1950’s, the Yaffers in the 1960, the Libertarians in the 1970’s. They supported Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan in the 1990’s.

And now they are very, very angry that the Republican Party beat them in Mississippi. Some of them will leave the party, some will sit out the next election, and some will continue to agitate within the party structure and within the Tea party movement.

What the author is neglecting is very simple... The R party takes for granted the conservative vote - and therefore has deliberately violated that constituency. The Tea Party represents the desires of that conservative vote.

So he's blaming the conservatives for noticing that the R party just BROKE THE FRICKING LAW to beat them.

11 posted on 06/26/2014 8:26:38 PM PDT by MortMan (Fossil feces is not merely prehistoric toilet humor.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He can kiss my ass


12 posted on 06/26/2014 8:27:27 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Write in Chris in November!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just realized the close relationship of many people in this county with Haley Barbour. Lanny Griffith is one of his cohorts. Small town and all politics is local.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 8:32:32 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Feehery started his career as a speechwriter to former U.S. House Republican Leader Bob Michel.

Telling. Feehery comes by his WQ (Wuss Quotient) honestly.

14 posted on 06/26/2014 8:33:35 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/John-Feehery-Pete-King-Cruz/2014/06/24/id/578935/

“Ted Cruz is an elitist who somehow has been able to portray himself as a champion of the masses, while the son of a New York cop who worked full time loading and unloading freight cars and was a member of blue-collar union is seen as a defender of the Republican establishment.”

George Soros is just an errand boy. The IRA are backed by establishment globalists. They support globalism and open borders.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 8:33:57 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> But who is really the RINO? The one who fights for the nominee no matter who he (or she) is or the one who threatens to bolt the party every time a primary election doesn’t go their way?

Really? How shallow can they get? Try this on for size: the RINO is the one who abandons principle in return for power.


16 posted on 06/26/2014 8:34:57 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Contrast with the news of what happened last night. Long before it became clear that Thad Cochran, a long-time Republican incumbent and overall highly respected senior Statesman, had been reelected, Tea Partiers had a existential meltdown.

The logic of this piece breaks apart right here. The indication is that Thad Cochran was not reelected fairly, that he was reelected as a result of deceit and fraud. His reelection seems to have been engineered by the Democrats. Frankly, the Republican that Democrats want in office is not the one who should be there.

The Tea Party is correct to react against this. The method of his reelection is as egregious as the Democrat practice of overturning an election by counting the votes over and over until enough votes have been found or misplaced (as appropriate) to pull out a Democrat win.

17 posted on 06/26/2014 8:36:34 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party is far more libertarian, far more isolationist, far less in favor of big business, far more anti-immigrant and far more reactionary than the typical Republican regular.

Anti-immigrant? In this context this “responsible Rebulican” must be referring to the “reactionaries” reaction to the “open borders” policy of the Obama administration, which is intended to fulfill Obama’s dream of fundamentally changing the USA into something far different. And the RINO’s have sunk so low as to oppose our opposition to this national catastrophe!


18 posted on 06/26/2014 8:38:24 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: haroldeveryman

We love immigrants. We don’t like lawbreakers or those who can’t tell the difference.


19 posted on 06/26/2014 8:44:41 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: haroldeveryman

We love immigrants. We don’t like lawbreakers or those who can’t tell the difference.


20 posted on 06/26/2014 8:45:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder how this guy feels about when the tea party guy won the Alaska primary and then the GOPe supported the loser’s write-in efforts, eventually getting her elected?


21 posted on 06/26/2014 8:45:13 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: haroldeveryman
Cochran robo-call:
"The time has come to take a stand and say no to the tea party. No to their obstruction. No to their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American president. If we do nothing, tea party candidate Chris McDaniel wins and causes even more problems for President Obama. With your help we can stop this. Please commit to voting against tea party candidate Chris McDaniel next Tuesday and say ‘no’ to the tea party!"

So here's the takeaway:

Cochran allies himself with Obama. Cochran plays the race card. The GOP establishment endores


And we see how GOP treats Tea Party Dave Brat
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3172830/posts

22 posted on 06/26/2014 8:53:41 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big difference between Cantor and Cochran processes. Cantor was soundly defeated without fraud. McDaniel was robbed by fraud; Cochran needs to be disciplined severely for his treachery.

To demolish Feehery’s theory or whatever, one needs only look at the Lankford - Shannon results. Lankford defeated Shannon fairly and as a result those with a Tea Party state of mind accept it and support Lankford in November.

If Cochran had won fairly without calling for fraud to rob McDaniel of victory, Tea Partiers would be behind Cochran in November.

As for others, McConnell-McCain-Graham, Tea Partiers cannot stand these people because they are slimy weasels in character, dishonest and duplicitous, and big goverment statists. No matter what their election results were or will be, they are not the face of the Republican Party that Tea Partiers want to see. It is difficult to support such people in any scenario.

Others like Cornyn that won against weak Tea Party supported candidates will get votes in November from Tea Party folks. The votes will not be enthusiastically made but will be there because Cornym and his ilk are followers and will follow conservative leaders like Ted Cruz.

Feehery’s remarks and comments are selective and biased as a result; his view is not worth the bandwidth he has received on FR.


23 posted on 06/26/2014 8:54:41 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what an idiot...Bob La Folette was an avoid Progressive (I don’t care that he claimed to be a ‘Republican’). This so called consultant has his history WRONG. May I simply point out that both parties wanted ‘Ike” as their candidate....he never claimed to be anything other than what he was a kind of wishy washy politician who happened to be in charge when the war was won by those that did.


24 posted on 06/26/2014 9:14:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I never heard of him before this so if I saw him I wasn’t impressed...still not.


25 posted on 06/26/2014 9:24:27 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't know how he decided that grassroots conservatives supported Pat Buchanan and ross Perot. But, that conclusion is about as sound as the rest of his opinion. "The Republican Party won in Mississippi...." Yep, they sure did. I guess that means that the majority of republicans in Mississippi aren't really Republicans.
This old man would dearly love to punch this smug bastid in the nose.
26 posted on 06/26/2014 9:45:59 PM PDT by grandpa jones (obama delenda est)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

John Feehery looks stoned in that photo.


27 posted on 06/26/2014 9:47:39 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: FreeInWV

Thanks. With that, you just neutered the stupid bastard’s whole article.


28 posted on 06/26/2014 9:56:34 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: tumblindice

“We love immigrants. We don’t like lawbreakers or those who can’t tell the difference.”

I’m with you. My wife of 43 years is an immigrant from south of the border. Legal, that is.


29 posted on 06/26/2014 10:26:09 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t it amazing how the gopE talk but don’t hear what they say? They support the nominee no matter what? Are you kidding me?


30 posted on 06/26/2014 10:49:54 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: exDemMom

The gopE says “Come join us or we’ll all lose.” I say TO the gopE “Come join us because with you we’ve already lost.”


31 posted on 06/26/2014 10:52:29 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

using this guy’s logic, when Mcdaniel won the first primary Cochran should have stood down, not done another and supported McDaniel.


32 posted on 06/26/2014 11:57:18 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Play dirty, butthead, and you’ll suffer the consequences. So we should lay down and say “Please, sir, may I have another ?”

It’d be one thing if Turd had won legitimately. Playing the race card and fostering racism is NOT legitimate. It’s utterly despicable.

Slime doesn’t deserve allegiance.


33 posted on 06/27/2014 10:29:17 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: jimt

And I like it well enough I’m going to give money to Travis Childers !


34 posted on 06/27/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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