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Medved: Call Off the "RINO Hunt" [Barf Alert]
townhall.com ^ | 01/07/2008 | Michael Medved

Posted on 01/07/2008 2:03:00 PM PST by jmc813

There’s an obnoxious and destructive term that’s begun to do real damage to the Republican Party. That term is “RINO,” or “R.I.N.O.” – an acronym for “Republican In Name Only.” Angry conservatives use the term to attack purported moderates in their own party. Recently, Mike Huckabee and John McCain have been attacked as “RINO’s” –Governor Schwarzenegger of California regularly draws that denunciation. Those who make war on RINO’s, however, ought to confront an obvious question: would you really prefer that such people drop the Republican designation? How does it help if politicians or office-holders with whom you disagree leave your party and join the opposition? When alleged “RINO” Jim Jeffords of Vermont left the GOP and joined the Democrats, it gave them control of the US Senate. When another RINO, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, lost his Senate seat in 2006, it also gave the Democrats control; if Chafee had won, we’d still have a Republican majority and GOP committee chairs. The truth is that no successful political party has ever been built on ideological purity. You can construct a majority coalition by bringing people into your party, not by driving them away. It’s childish and self-destructive to wage war based on some notion of “real conservatism” with those who want to align themselves with your side. Ronald Reagan himself used to say that “if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy.” Democrats understand this principle--- they never attack “DINO’s,” Democrats In Name Only. In fact, they understand the usefulness of such figures: they put forward several conservative Democrats in key Congressional districts in 2006, and those “DINO’s” helped them win a majority in the House. If Republicans continue to express contempt and hostility for those they consider “RINO’s,” they’ve got to get ready for “DIMO’s” – Democrats In the Majority Only.” It’s time, in other words, for sane GOP partisans to call off the silly and suicidal RINO hunt.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: medved; rino
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To: dinoparty

“Calling people like McCain RINOs is over the top, however.”

Why?


151 posted on 01/09/2008 9:46:26 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: indylindy

Same for his fellow-traveler Hugh Hewitt.


152 posted on 01/09/2008 10:03:34 AM PST by Pelham (No Deportation, the new goal of the Amnesty Republicans)
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To: jmc813

Has he been reading our site again, we’re guilty ...


153 posted on 01/09/2008 10:05:43 AM PST by Scythian
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To: OESY

Medved’s big tent only opens left. He has been the first and loudest to call for purging people he dislikes. It wasn’t Democrat spokesmen calling for Trent Lott’s head, it was Medved and some of his comrades.


154 posted on 01/09/2008 10:07:44 AM PST by Pelham (No Deportation, the new goal of the Amnesty Republicans)
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To: MileHi

Medved and Hewitt are influence peddlers who try to manipulate conservative audiences for their own ends. Both were shilling for amnesty for years. Hewitt had a sudden “conversion” when Team Romney began pretending to be against open borders. Medved hasn’t changed and simply uses the Clintonian technique of redefining amnesty to suit himself.


155 posted on 01/09/2008 10:29:01 AM PST by Pelham (No Deportation, the new goal of the Amnesty Republicans)
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To: Pelham

I agree. Hewitt has never supported conservative candidates in the several years I listened to him. That is why I stopped listening. But he is “pragmatic” and willing to surrender in baby steps.


156 posted on 01/09/2008 3:16:28 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: jmc813

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”

-Ronald Reagan (1975)


157 posted on 01/11/2008 8:47:57 AM PST by NavVet (If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primary, you won't have it to defend in the General Election)
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To: jmc813

Have stopped reading this guy. Wish we could have an election, and elect new pundits.


158 posted on 01/11/2008 8:49:58 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: pgyanke

I guess what you’re saying is we should go conservative. After all, it worked for the DEMS. All the more reason to trash RINO’s.

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”

-Ronald Reagan (1975).


159 posted on 01/11/2008 9:17:15 AM PST by NavVet (If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primary, you won't have it to defend in the General Election)
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To: NavVet

Finally someone gets it. Thanks.


160 posted on 01/11/2008 9:23:23 AM PST by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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To: jmc813
Medved: Call Off the "RINO Hunt"

Perhaps Medved is correct, these Rinos are plain old everyday liberals.

161 posted on 01/11/2008 9:39:37 AM PST by RJL
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To: Mamzelle
Have stopped reading this guy. Wish we could have an election, and elect new pundits.

Medved is a liability to the conservative movement.

162 posted on 01/11/2008 1:39:33 PM PST by skeeter
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To: jmc813

Okay, a practical question.

What should a RINO voter do (i.e., any Republican from a Northeast city) who agrees with the war on terror, lower taxes, etc., but disagrees on social issues? Those are the Republicans I meet here in Philly. Should they vote D?

Would Freepers prefer to jettison those voters from the party?


163 posted on 01/17/2008 6:21:40 AM PST by pa mom
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To: NavVet

“Suppose someone seeking the presidential nomination had, as a governor, signed the largest tax increase in his state’s history and the nation’s most permissive abortion law. And by signing a law institutionalizing no-fault divorce, he had unwittingly but substantially advanced an idea central to the campaign for same-sex marriages — the minimalist understanding of marriage as merely a contract between consenting adults to be entered into or dissolved as it suits their happiness. “Question: Is it not likely that such a presidential aspirant would be derided by some of today’s fastidious conservatives? A sobering thought, that, because the attributes just described were those of Ronald Reagan.”

-George Will


164 posted on 01/17/2008 6:24:53 AM PST by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: jmc813

Medved just got schooled by a caller today...hahaha


165 posted on 01/21/2008 2:29:14 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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