Skip to comments.The Myth of the RINO?
Posted on 05/18/2008 12:08:37 PM PDT by EveningStar
...Pooles analysis shows a fascinating and perhaps disturbing trend. Despite the perceptions of many in and out of the blogosphere and punditry, the parties have moved away from compromise, not towards it...
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
Given this election “Hot Air” is a good name for the source of that conclusion!
McCain is a rightwing Democrat.
The McCain I linked calls himself the “Other McCain” for a reason. He is a journalist who happens to share his last name with the potential nominee. They do not see eye to eye on much.
That’s his conclusion? Move to the Center ??
I believe that McCain is the epitome of the term RINO. Either that or the battle for the Repube party is lost and now conservatives are the RINO’s.
What I posted was a teaser, not his conclusion.
He's right, the Republicans don't compromise...they capitulate.
Bullpucky. Goldwater was on the right wing of the party in 1968. Rockerfeller and Lindsay were on the left. Nixon was right in the middle. McCain is a Nixon Republican/Scoop Jackson Democrat, although that is probably unkind to Scoop Jackson.
Nixon is the guy who brought us wage-and-price-controls and the Endangered Species Act and, of course, his administration ushered in one of the most disastrous periods of democrat control over our nation, ever.
McCain and Bush are both Nixon Republicans and have brough the same disaster to their party as did Nixon.
But Morrisey is right.
Most of Republican officeholders are good conservatives.
But the tiny GOP majority and since 2006 the GOP *minority* cannot stop a DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY from moving to the left. When the GOP was the majority, the ‘swing votes’ were alas the RINOs like Chaffee (now an Obama supporter!) and Spectre. There was never a conservative majority, just a narrow GOP majority, and the RINOS stopped conservative agenda items and ruined the GOP brand.
But that was 2006.
This is the biggest error of the “they are all RINOs” complaints. We need to look at current reality not history.
Current reality is that the Democrats have the majority and the GOP has the minority. The Democrats have pushed a number of liberal agenda items and the vast majority of Republicans have opposed them. There are clear and stark differences between the parties in the Congress.
Not only has he done absolutely fascinating statistical analyses:
He also shows the parties in their TRUE COLORS, namely, blue for 'Pubs and red for Dhimms. Very refreshing!
Nixon’s domestic policies were fairly liberal.
McCain’s agenda is conservative on Taxes, Spending, judges, earmarks/pork, litigation, etc.
McCain is liberal on immigration and environment.
On balance, McCain is to the right of how Nixon governed.
The GOP as a whole has moved significantly to the right; Goldwater begat Reagan, and the bulk of the party are now Reagan Republicans. Even McCain pays tribute to Reagan.
McCain is much like the first Bush, except for being more to the right on spending.
But Nixon was a traingulator, ‘our Clinton’, whereas McCain has a hearfelt populist reform streak. McCain’s hero is TR (Teddy Roosevelt), which is curious coincidence, because Teddy Roosevelt was a good President who ended leaving the party in 1912 out of disappointment it wasnt progressive enough for him. our first RINO. The result was President Wilson and our first step to big Govt.
TR could well be the patron saint of RINOs.
McCain will govern more conservatively than some expect, but at the same time will enrage rightwingers when he does his TR things.
I agree with your assessment.
The problem is, as you pointed out, the minority of Rinos squandered the Republican control of both houses of congress and the WH. The backlash is only going to force more Rats down our throats. But I don't blame all Republicans, only the Rinos (people like DeWine, Voinovich, and McCain).
On the bright side, I think the Rats and media are misreading the polls. They will gain in the short term because of the conservative backlash. They become more emboldened and become even more disagreeable. In the long run, they will lose because people just don't want more disgusting Rats and their policies in control. The Republicans will hopefully find another conservative leader.
I do not believe a three party system will work. It divides the vote too much. This is not to say I am married to the Republicans. If a truly conservative "third party" came along and enough support was obtained, I'd like to see the Republicans fade away.
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