Skip to comments.Top 10 RINO's (Human Events List)
Posted on 12/27/2005 11:12:52 AM PST by WatchYourself
1. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties, Chafee has long supported liberal policies. He backs legal abortion, gay rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections and a higher minimum wage. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only Republican in Congress not to endorse the Presidents reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bushs tax cuts.
2. Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) A self-described centrist, Snowe scored a 100% pro-choice voting record as scored by NARAL and consistently votes with Democrats on social issues.
3. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) Snarlin Arlen warned Bush not to nominate judges who might overturn Roe v. Wade, joined Chaffee reducing tax cuts and supported Democrats on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, HMO and overtime regulation. Also opposed school choice in Washington, D.C.
4. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) Voted with liberals on the 1999 tax cut, campaign finance reform and the partial-birth abortion ban. Also advocated pay-as-you-go tax cuts with spending increases in 2004, leading to a budget never agreed upon between the House and Senate.
5. Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.) He led the House fight for McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. Hes also prone to back environmental causes, gun control and abortion rights. He had no GOP challenger in 2004, but narrowly escaped defeat, 52% to 48%, by a Democratic opponent in the general election.
6. Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.) Helped unions raise pay and unionize Indian casinos. Has said, I believe in a limited government, low taxes, a tough approach to crime. ... But I also believe in an activist government. Im not one of those laissez-faire types.
7. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.) Over the course of his 23-year career, hes gained considerable power (chairman of the Science Committee), despite amassing one of the most liberal voting records of any House Republican. Fought back conservative challengers in 2000 and 2002 and could face a GOP challenge in 06.
8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) Has said, I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the citys aesthetics, saying, This is what happens when you dont have zoning.
9. Rep. Michael Castle (Del.) As president of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and key player in the so-called Tuesday Group lunches, he is a ring-leader of RINOs. Hes teamed with Democrats to make federal funding of embryonic stem cell research one of his top priorities.
10. Rep. Jim Leach (Iowa) One of only six House Republicans to vote against the Iraq War resolution in 2002, he was also the only Republican to vote against President Bushs 2003 tax cuts. His support for environmental causes and abortion rights has won him liberal fans.
Yea, those two liberal women from CT were omitted -- the governor and Congresswoman Johnson.
MuhKAIN?? Insane MkCaine Mutineer???
Thanks for the post.
Two of the biggest RINO's were left off the list. Rudi Guiliani and Ahnold Schwarzy.... hardcore liberal Republicans.
Add John McCain and (up)Chuck Hagel.
EMAIL 'em here....
I can't believe "The Manchurian Candidate" didn't make the top 10?
McCain will always be number 1 in my heart. :) In this List at least.
A question for those who live under RINO rule. When your RINO runs for re-election, does his or her RAT opponent try to paint said RINO as a right-wing wacko extremist Christian fundamentalist Bush-bot who wants to pollute the air, poison the water, starve schoolchildren and freeze old folk?
One of the best RINOs, Connie Morella of MD, got re-districted out of office.
This list is another good reason I can't wait for the Northeastern region to secede from the union. The rest of us won't shoot at you this time.
How come McCaine didn't make the top 10?
I agree, it should be more like top 20 so Pirro, Rudy, Bloomberg, DeWine, etc. could have made it.
Give the Norheat corridor to Canada. End the mess.
You are so right.
Where's RINO Jim Kolbe?
In his own weird way, Colmes actually makes some sense some of the time. At least he's consistent.
"federal-funded health care"
This crosses the line. How the hell is Chafee a republican?
And where is John McCain? He should be #2.
"Two of the biggest RINO's were left off the list. Rudi Guiliani and Ahnold Schwarzy.... hardcore liberal Republicans."
At least they don't actively disrpupt the party. Say what you will about Giuliani, I'm not big on his social issues believe me, but at least he is on our side when it comes to the War on Terror and when he campaigned for Bush, he actually campaigned.
Arnold is a great fiscal conservative and he irritates the left to no small degree.
What the -- you forgot President Bush!
Every time I see this guy:
I think of this guy:
"In his own weird way, Colmes actually makes some sense some of the time. At least he's consistent."
Well, he tends to be reasonable. I've listened to his radio show once or twice and he isn't a tin-foil hat lib, at least...
Anyone have a top ten list of republican leaders that aren't RINO'S?
Overall, a good list to keep handy. Though I'm starting to think Spector should be on his own separate list, for reasons we all know.
So is death and taxes.
Why isn't John McCain on this list?
Not in the real world. You're dreaming.
The RINO label is wearing thin for me. Sometimes it seems like a legislator has two choices: stop thinking for himself and slavishly obey the party powers or be labelled a RINO.
Is the Republican party inclusive enough to allow dissention in the ranks? Or do they want to be like Democrats, herding the cattle (with the rare exceptions).
As I recall, Leach was very good at sweeping Clintons dirty deals under the rug.
The Northeast is doing well on this list,isn't it?
Don't forget Ted Stevens, Prince of Pork and King of the Big-Fed-Government Republicans (even though he is right on the ANWR issue).
This is a very good starting list.
I agree. Here in Minnesota, we tend to have what are commonly called Rinos.
A hard core Republican couldn't be elected in this state, so we have to take half a loaf rather than none. The alternative is Wellstone types. As a reference, look to Senator Dayton - yuck.
Coleman is hard on the UN, soft on ANWR. I can wish he would take a harder line, but I know the reality of the situation.
And yes, the local commie rag, the Minneapois Star Tribune, will certainly paint Coleman as wanting to starve children and old folks come election time.
Yep. McCain should be on this list.
MuhKAIN?? Insane MkCaine Mutineer???
there's a difference between a RINO and a media whore.
There is a big difference between a Republican who may differ from the official partyline on some, even veryimportant, issues (like for example, sen. Craig on Patriot Act, or Barry Goldwater on abortion) and a RINO who either votes against everything conservatives support (like Chafee or old-school mega-RINOs, like Javits or Brooke) or usually votes with conservatives but apart from that does everything to help the Democrats (like McRino).
Amazing that FReepers will not study this site.
Republican Main Street Partnership
Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania
Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska
Rep. Charles Bass, New Hampshire
Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York
Rep. Mary Bono, California
Rep. Jeb Bradley, New Hampshire
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida
Rep. Ken Calvert, California
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
Rep. Michael Castle, Delaware
Rep. Thomas Davis, III, Virginia
Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
Rep. David Dreier, California
Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Michigan
Rep. Mark Foley, Florida
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Rep. Paul Gillmor, Ohio
Rep. Kay Granger, Texas
Rep. David Hobson, Ohio
Rep. Nancy Johnson, Connecticut
Rep. Timothy Johnson, Illinois
Rep. Sue Kelly, New York
Rep. John R. Kuhl, New York
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois
Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona
Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois
Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa
Rep. Jerry Lewis, California
Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana
Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania
Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada
Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio
Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio
Rep. Joe Schwarz, Michigan
Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut
Rep. Robert Simmons, Connecticut
Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan
Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. James Walsh, New York
Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania
Rep. Jerry Weller, Illinois
Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Maryland
Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii
Gov. George Pataki, New York
Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California
The guy running against Chaffee next year sounds good. He was the Mayor of Cranston, I believe. Conservative businessman. Lked what I heard on Jerry Doyle's show.
McCain is in a class beyond RINO.
He is on the the REAL list - see post #46.
Y'all should really research that site!
He would be #1 on my list of RINOs.