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Top 10 RINO's (Human Events List)
Human Events ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | H.E. Editors

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 President’s reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bush’s 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.” He’s 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. I’m not one of those laissez-faire types.”

7. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.) Over the course of his 23-year career, he’s 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 city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t 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. He’s 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 Bush’s 2003 tax cuts. His support for environmental causes and abortion rights has won him liberal fans.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2005review; boehlert; chafee; chrisshays; defendingmainst; humanevents; jimleach; mainstpartnership; michaelcastle; olympiasnowe; pataki; rinos; romney; specter; stevelatourette; topten
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They should have done a top 20, because some BIG DUDS were left off... but, still good ones
1 posted on 12/27/2005 11:12:53 AM PST by WatchYourself
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To: WatchYourself

Yea, those two liberal women from CT were omitted -- the governor and Congresswoman Johnson.


2 posted on 12/27/2005 11:14:34 AM PST by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: WatchYourself

MuhKAIN?? Insane MkCaine Mutineer???


3 posted on 12/27/2005 11:14:48 AM PST by GRRRRR (Merry Christmas--Even if you don't want one!)
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To: WatchYourself
John McCain should of topped the list. His perverse willingness to put his own ego in front of his duty has been the catalysis for all this RINO behavior. Slap McMedia down and all others will fall into line line the sheep they are.
4 posted on 12/27/2005 11:14:49 AM PST by MNJohnnie (We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them.--GWBush)
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To: WatchYourself

Thanks for the post.


5 posted on 12/27/2005 11:15:30 AM PST by PGalt
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To: WatchYourself
You can say that again.

Two of the biggest RINO's were left off the list. Rudi Guiliani and Ahnold Schwarzy.... hardcore liberal Republicans.

6 posted on 12/27/2005 11:16:44 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: WatchYourself

Add John McCain and (up)Chuck Hagel.


7 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:11 AM PST by IronJack
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To: MNJohnnie

EMAIL 'em here....

'Editors@HumanEventsOnline.com'


8 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:15 AM PST by GRRRRR (Merry Christmas--Even if you don't want one!)
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To: WatchYourself

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.


9 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:30 AM PST by Dscott_FR (Right Wing Extremist and proud of it!!)
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To: WatchYourself

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?


10 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:41 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: WatchYourself

One of the best RINOs, Connie Morella of MD, got re-districted out of office.


11 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:49 AM PST by cogitator
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To: WatchYourself

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.


12 posted on 12/27/2005 11:17:59 AM PST by 308MBR (Not only older, but bolder. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.)
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To: WatchYourself

Give the Norheat corridor to Canada. End the mess.


13 posted on 12/27/2005 11:19:13 AM PST by Digger (Outsource CONgress)
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To: MNJohnnie

You are so right.

14 posted on 12/27/2005 11:19:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: WatchYourself

Where's RINO Jim Kolbe?


15 posted on 12/27/2005 11:21:13 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: WatchYourself
They forgot McCain. That Gang of 14 guy. That Keating 5 guy. That "Amnesty for Al Quaida" guy. That ideal John Kerry Vice President guy.

Remember him?
16 posted on 12/27/2005 11:21:54 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: bmwcyle

In his own weird way, Colmes actually makes some sense some of the time. At least he's consistent.


17 posted on 12/27/2005 11:22:02 AM PST by 308MBR (Not only older, but bolder. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.)
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To: WatchYourself

"federal-funded health care"

This crosses the line. How the hell is Chafee a republican?

And where is John McCain? He should be #2.


18 posted on 12/27/2005 11:22:05 AM PST by NapkinUser ("Our troops have become the enemy." -Representative John P. Murtha, modern day Benedict Arnold.)
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To: WatchYourself
"Also advocated “pay-as-you-go” tax cuts with spending increases in 2004"

Another way to describe that would be insisting on spending cuts to go along with tax cuts to prevent terrible deficits.... this is an old timey way to be conservative - by favoring balanced budgets instead of the current monstrosity.
19 posted on 12/27/2005 11:22:15 AM PST by gondramB (If even once you pay danegeld then you never get rid of the dane.)
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To: Reagan Man

"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.


20 posted on 12/27/2005 11:22:32 AM PST by WatchYourself
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To: WatchYourself

What the -- you forgot President Bush!


21 posted on 12/27/2005 11:23:18 AM PST by xrp
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To: WatchYourself
Holy Cow! No McCrazy???

Every time I see this guy:

I think of this guy:


22 posted on 12/27/2005 11:23:22 AM PST by raybbr (ANWAR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: 308MBR

"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...


23 posted on 12/27/2005 11:23:41 AM PST by WatchYourself
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To: WatchYourself

Anyone have a top ten list of republican leaders that aren't RINO'S?


24 posted on 12/27/2005 11:23:58 AM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: 308MBR

No Southerners?


25 posted on 12/27/2005 11:24:23 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: WatchYourself
Good list, but Romney criticizing another city makes him a RINO? The abortion comment, fine, but I don't get the inclusion of that comment. I can't imagine there aren't worse offenders.

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.

26 posted on 12/27/2005 11:24:52 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Warning: Adult language, but great Christmas message: http://foamy.libertech.net/noxmas.swf)
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To: 308MBR
At least he's consistent.

So is death and taxes.

27 posted on 12/27/2005 11:24:59 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: K-oneTexas
They forgot McCain. That Gang of 14 guy. That Keating 5 guy. That "Amnesty for Al Quaida" guy. That ideal John Kerry Vice President guy.?

Remember him? I forgot he should be Number 1 with a Star!
28 posted on 12/27/2005 11:25:25 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: WatchYourself
Each of the top ten should be Republican Senators.
29 posted on 12/27/2005 11:27:20 AM PST by manwiththehands ("Laura and I send our best wishes for a happy Kwanzaa." -President George W. Bush 12/19/2005)
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To: WatchYourself
May I add both Senators Voinovich and DeWine of Ohio.
30 posted on 12/27/2005 11:28:38 AM PST by manwiththehands ("Laura and I send our best wishes for a happy Kwanzaa." -President George W. Bush 12/19/2005)
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To: WatchYourself

Why isn't John McCain on this list?


31 posted on 12/27/2005 11:28:48 AM PST by Mogollon
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To: WatchYourself
>>>>Arnold is a great fiscal conservative ....

Not in the real world. You're dreaming.

32 posted on 12/27/2005 11:33:39 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: WatchYourself

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).


33 posted on 12/27/2005 11:34:59 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: WatchYourself
Wasn't Jim Leach (Iowa) one of the masters of gloss-over and cover-up that Clinton hired as "investigator" in some of his scandals?

As I recall, Leach was very good at sweeping Clintons dirty deals under the rug.

34 posted on 12/27/2005 11:40:14 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: WatchYourself

The Northeast is doing well on this list,isn't it?


35 posted on 12/27/2005 11:40:48 AM PST by Mears (The Killer Queen)
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To: WatchYourself

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).


36 posted on 12/27/2005 11:40:57 AM PST by Tarkin (Janice Rogers Brown for President!)
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To: WatchYourself

This is a very good starting list.


37 posted on 12/27/2005 11:43:00 AM PST by putupjob
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To: antiRepublicrat; Texas Eagle

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.


39 posted on 12/27/2005 11:46:56 AM PST by biggerten
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To: Dscott_FR

Yep. McCain should be on this list.


40 posted on 12/27/2005 11:48:20 AM PST by Loud Mime (Libs will oppose terrorists when they turn into smoking, christian, whale killers)
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To: biggerten
What was Governor Ventura? Where did he fall in this discussion.
41 posted on 12/27/2005 11:50:35 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: GRRRRR

MuhKAIN?? Insane MkCaine Mutineer???

there's a difference between a RINO and a media whore.


42 posted on 12/27/2005 11:52:03 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: MNJohnnie
McCain is certainly King of the RINOs but his nuttiness is less about ideology than ego. He isn't in favor of anything other than "John McCain".
43 posted on 12/27/2005 11:52:19 AM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: K-oneTexas
What was Governor Ventura? Where did he fall in this discussion.

Independence Party.

44 posted on 12/27/2005 11:53:26 AM PST by Pusterfuss (Proud member: Minnesotans for Global Warming)
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To: antiRepublicrat
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.

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).

45 posted on 12/27/2005 11:54:02 AM PST by Tarkin (Janice Rogers Brown for President!)
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To: manwiththehands

They are.....http://republicanmainstreet.org/
Amazing that FReepers will not study this site.

Republican Main Street Partnership
Congressional Members
109th Congress

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




46 posted on 12/27/2005 11:54:05 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: WatchYourself

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.


47 posted on 12/27/2005 11:56:35 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: NapkinUser

McCain is in a class beyond RINO.


48 posted on 12/27/2005 11:58:56 AM PST by DManA
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To: SteveJudd; All
Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland would have made it on the list...

He is on the the REAL list - see post #46.

Y'all should really research that site!

49 posted on 12/27/2005 11:58:57 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: GRRRRR; All

Seriously!!!!

He would be #1 on my list of RINOs.


50 posted on 12/27/2005 11:59:26 AM PST by Hill of Tara
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