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The GOP's Misguided Hunt for Heretics ('RINO Hunt')
Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 02/24/2010 3:13:43 PM PST by nickcarraway

The RINO hunt is back on, and the coveted trophy is Scott Brown.

Inevitably and predictably, the new senator from Massachusetts -- Mr. 41, Mr. I-Drive-A-Truck, tea party poster dude -- has disappointed his base by, alas, representing his constituents.

It's the purity test all over again; only this time, the stakes are high and the weird are turning seriously pro.

Not that the tea partiers are weird, not most of them, anyway. But some are at risk of flying off into the blood-red zone of wing-nuttery. One of the sessions at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) questioned whether Abraham Lincoln was "friend or foe."

Lincoln foes can't be said to define CPAC conferees -- and certainly not the GOP -- but the growing libertarian strain within the party (see Ron Paul's straw-poll victory) combined with an anti-RINO (Republicans in Name Only) attitude is making life increasingly difficult for moderates such as Brown.

Brown came under fire from social conservatives barely a week into his new job, even though his pro-choice position was well-known, at least to readers of this column.

Now he's caught the attention of fiscal conservatives and tea partiers who, though they favored Brown for his anti-health-reform and anti-stimulus positions, now call him a traitor for supporting a cloture motion on the Democrats' $15 billion jobs bill.

Thousands posted angry comments on Brown's Facebook page, including the ever-popular "YOU LIED!" Brown said that though the bill was imperfect, it would put Americans back to work. He also said he hoped his vote would be a "strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington."

Guess again, Scottie. "True conservatives" want to beam you up.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brown; conservative; jobsbill; liarrino; msromney2; parker; parker4obama; parker4romney; rino

1 posted on 02/24/2010 3:13:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Liberal WAPO reporter alert. Endangered species sighting!!!


2 posted on 02/24/2010 3:15:10 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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3 posted on 02/24/2010 3:15:19 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: nickcarraway
So nice of the WaPo to tell us what is good for the Republican Party: exactly the opposite of what they suggest.

Let the hunt continue!

4 posted on 02/24/2010 3:16:07 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: nickcarraway
In related new, John McCain got hit by a car.


5 posted on 02/24/2010 3:16:51 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

McLame’s poster should read - save my seasoned a**.

WaPo giving Republicans advice! The laugh of the day!


6 posted on 02/24/2010 3:18:26 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: nickcarraway

No Senator from Massachusetts regardless of political party will ever be an honest constitutionality. That State and its people are simply too corrupt and debauchd in their Manners to elect an honest and virtue driven man to defend their liberty.

It is as one of their forefathers Samuel Adams said: “ No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

Somewhere Samuel Adams must be spinning in his gave to see what has become of his once free state.


7 posted on 02/24/2010 3:20:34 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: nickcarraway

I’m glad Brown got elected instead of the Dem commie, if for no other reason than to poke a stick in the Dems’ and Obama’s eye. Now that he’s in, if he’s going to act like a liberal, he needs to get called out like everyone else.


8 posted on 02/24/2010 3:20:41 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: nickcarraway
Kathleen Parker?????!!!!! (I didn't read it)


9 posted on 02/24/2010 3:22:28 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: nickcarraway

The liberals are stepping forward to defend their “BOY!”


10 posted on 02/24/2010 3:26:36 PM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: nickcarraway
Kathleen Parker just doesn't get it.

We must all repair to the Washington Post this eventide to register then login to comment on her latest strange eruption.

11 posted on 02/24/2010 3:27:36 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: nickcarraway
Kathleen Parker just doesn't get it.

We must all repair to the Washington Post this eventide to register then login to comment on her latest strange eruption.

12 posted on 02/24/2010 3:29:40 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: nickcarraway

Wow. The Compost planting and reporting discontent in the GOP. Astounding. Who would of thunk that.


13 posted on 02/24/2010 3:30:06 PM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Neither did I. She’s a RINO extroidinaire.


14 posted on 02/24/2010 3:30:37 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: nickcarraway
The MSM has set us up to fighting amongst ourselves to "divide and conquer"...and it's working.

Now they are virtually bragging about the results.

15 posted on 02/24/2010 3:31:31 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: nickcarraway

Kathleen, shut up.


16 posted on 02/24/2010 3:31:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

What does your picture have to do with this article?


17 posted on 02/24/2010 3:35:19 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican To The Core)
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON CLIMATE CHANGE(”I know it is real”)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2458628/posts


18 posted on 02/24/2010 3:36:49 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: nickcarraway
Kathleen Parker: "[I]t is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem." "Parker ... says something publicly that many of us have thought privately
but lacked the courage to say out loud - Palin should step down:"


"Kathleen Parker: After Interviews, Palin Should Bow Out"


Kathleen Parker: "Romney would bring more than squeaky clean qualifications
and youthful good looks to the ticket.
Romney would seem a logical choice."


"Parker: Romney raised bar on freedoms"
Kathleen Parker: "If Kennedy's speech was an important landmark in American political history,
Romney's was surpassing. With heartfelt humility and poetic eloquence,
he tracked the nation's struggle with and for freedom."


Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker - UPDATED"

19 posted on 02/24/2010 3:43:41 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Ever watch her on the Chris Mathews show? She is an absolute squish. A total Palin-bashing RINO.

She said she liked Obama because he “thinks things through.” Well, so did Lenin when planning his own brand of socialism.


20 posted on 02/24/2010 3:43:47 PM PST by heye2monn
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The Conservative Chronicle printed her columns for a couple of months, then pulled them. She was a complete fool, and I got tired of her RINO nonsense. Evidently, the CC editors did as well.
I’ve never watched Chris Mathews.


21 posted on 02/24/2010 3:48:42 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: nickcarraway
But, but...I like hunting RINOs!


22 posted on 02/24/2010 3:55:23 PM PST by Leisler (What 'free market', where is it?)
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To: nickcarraway

No one is after Scott Brown. Her first mistake.


23 posted on 02/24/2010 3:57:23 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway

what she doesn’t realize is that the people who are upset at Brown are the people that actually gave him $$$.


24 posted on 02/24/2010 4:01:08 PM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: Leisler

Unfortunately those are Soviet soldiers. They would not have shot their own...


25 posted on 02/24/2010 4:04:16 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: nickcarraway
"...the weird are turning seriously pro."~ Parker

Just because it's true, she ought not be so hard on herself.

26 posted on 02/24/2010 4:17:21 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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27 posted on 02/24/2010 5:11:57 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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Not to worry. RINOs aren’t going away. They constitute the majority of Republicans and are misnamed when called RINOs. I am a true RINO, I’m a hard right conservative.


28 posted on 02/24/2010 5:14:12 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: nickcarraway

GIVE KATTY PARKER NO HITS (please)


29 posted on 02/24/2010 7:28:35 PM PST by Mamzelle
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