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To: You Dirty Rats
Not for nothing does the term "RINO" exist.

This isn't an attack upon you, but I've come to despise this term "RINO." It's used by purists who wish to stigmatize Republicans they don't agree with, and it usually is followed by a statement that "I'd rather have a real liberal than a pretend Republican."

I was curious about this, so last week I went to the American Conservative Union website to look at the conservative ratings of a bonafide liberal, and a bonafide "RINO." According to the ratings of the ACU, Barbara Boxer rated a "5" with her voting record last year. Olympia Snowe, everyone's consensus "RINO," rated a "65." I'd take Snowe over Boxer, or just about any other Democrat, any day.

27 posted on 07/30/2003 11:55:18 AM PDT by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again.")
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To: My2Cents
You make a very good point. Too many people castigate Snowe, for example, over the 35% they don't agree with rather than the 65% they do agree with.

Some realism is in order. Tom Foley was as liberal as they come, but he was always a big 2nd Amendment supporter. When asked why, he replied that he would be tossed out of office if he backed gun control.

In many areas of the country, a Republican can only be elected if they are pro-abortion. I know that outrages some people on this forum, but the alternative would be a pro-abortion 'Rat. In choosing political candidates, heed the words of Mayor Ed Koch: "If you agree with me on 9 of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 of 12, see a psychiatrist."
97 posted on 07/30/2003 2:37:35 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats
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To: My2Cents
week I went to the American Conservative Union website to look at the conservative ratings of a bonafide liberal, and a bonafide "RINO." According to the ratings of the ACU, Barbara Boxer rated a "5" with her voting record last year. Olympia Snowe, everyone's consensus "RINO," rated a "65." I'd take Snowe over Boxer, or just about any other Democrat, any day.

I've seen this citation a lot on here the last few wweeks. It really, really saddens me that FR is becoming a place to defend Olympia Snowe. BARF!

159 posted on 07/31/2003 8:53:23 AM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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