Memo to RNC, NSCC, and NCCC: Enough With The RINOs!

by Sal on November 2, 2009

in Election 2009,Politics

Dede Scozzofava is the poster child for the RINO problem that has infiltrated our party.  The pattern is predictable.  The Republican establishment props up and supports a RINO candidate against a Conservative candidate who stands a chance of winning.  The Conservative base makes noise and is told to shut up and support the Republican candidate because an R is better than a D, and in this particular state/district, only “moderates” win.  Then, at the end of the day, the “moderate” candidate somehow ends up losing, or falling far behind and flat on their face.  What does the “moderate” do?  Are they good GOP soldiers that then get behind and support the GOP candidate?  No, they typically end up selling out to the other side.  Let’s look at the case history:

  • Sen. Jim Jeffords: Jeffords didn’t face a tough primary challenge, but started the trend of RINOs bolting the GOP when he pouted and left the party to caucus with the Democrats as an independent when the GOP wouldn’t support one of his pet pieces of legislation.
  • Sen. Lincoln Chaffee (RINO-RI): Propped up by the NRSC, Chaffee ran a tough primary campaign against the fairly conservative Steve Laffey, and barely won.  He then went on to lose the general election to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  Within a year, Chaffee had announced that he was leaving the GOP to become an independent, and put his support behind Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.
  • Sen. Benedict Arlen Specter (Former RINO-PA, now D-PA): Specter is the worst of the mix.  He was facing a tough primary primary challenge in Pat Toomey, despite being backed financially by the NRSC.  Specter made a political decision in March of 2009, at the height of Obama’s popularity, that he would likely lose as a Republican and faced a better chance as a Democrat, so he switched sides without a thought.  It shows what Specter was really made of in that during the health care debate, he advocated for a single-payer system, a system he opposed vigorously back in the 1990s.  His defection showed that he was truly about serving his own self-interests rather than any principle or sense of party loyalty.
  • Dede Scozzofava (RINO-NY): Scozzofava is just the latest example of RINOs gone bad.  Appointed by party insiders to run and backed by both Newt Gingrich and the NRCC because “she is the only Republican who can win”, her records was more liberal than the that of Bill Owens, the real Democrat in the race.  After the Conservative backlash that threw support behind Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman, dropped out of the race this past Saturday.  She then proceeded to endorse the Owens rather than Hoffman, proving that the loyalty given to her by the NRCC and Gingrich was highly misplaced.  Now, Hoffman stands a very good shot (PDF) at winning NY-23, proving that a Conservative can win in a purple district in New York.

When will the GOP establishment learn that propping up these so-called “moderates” against viable conservatives is not acceptable to the base, and is foolhardy?  Rush has called moderates “squishy”, which is evinced by the fact that they seem to switch parties on the whim.  In reality, these so-called “moderates” are not moderate at all, but rather liberals.  I have no qualms about the fact that some politicians who are not true conservatives will need to run in deep blue and even some purple districts, but there needs to be some semblance of fiscal conservatism there and philosophy of limited government.

For example, Rudy Giuliani is an example of a moderate that I would support in a statewide race in New York (if I still lived there) or in a New York congressional district.  He may be liberal on social issues, and I’d never support him to be President, but as a New York Governor, Senator, or Congressman, he’d be acceptable because he is a principled person, and supports many of the other Conservative principles that I and others hold dear.  He is a major fiscal conservative and almost libertarian in some of his  leanings, making him someone who could be counted on in the fights against the stimulus, health care, cap-and-trade, and card check.

While in a perfect world, I’d love a fiscally conservative, socially conservative, and strong on national defense candidate in every race, I know that’s not plausible.  I also know that when there are no other alternatives, sometimes it makes sense to vote the RINOs in just for head count purposes.  But when there is a viable Conservative alternative, and the RINO in question doesn’t espouse ANY conservatism (as in the case of Scozzofava, Chaffee, etc.), then the Republican establishment should either support the Conservative, or back off and let the primaries unfold without their interference.

After NY-23, the next RINO test will be in Florida.  With Gov. Charlie Crist (RINO-FL) running as the NRSC supported candidate against former FL Speaker of the House and Conservative Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the primaries, we’ll see the same story repeated over again.  The Tea Party activists will be emboldened by their success in NY-23 and turn their sights to Florida.  Will the GOP establishment learn its lesson from Scozzofava, or will they continue to push Charlie Crist, the man who embraced Obama over the stimulus, proposed a cap-and-trade scheme equally as radical as that proposed by the Democrat congress, and who refused to balance the budget in Florida.  I’d hope they’d learn their lesson, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike November 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

The problem isn’t that they prop up moderates because let’s face it, there are in fact some areas of the country where only moderates can win. The problem is that the moderates they prop up are not moderates at all. They’re liberals.

Look, I would accept a moderate in some deep blue district if the moderate truly advanced some conservative ideas. Bill Weld was a major improvement over Michael Dukakis in Massachusetts. Christie Whitman was light years ahead of Jim Florio in New Jersey. In both cases, there were moderate Republicans who provided conservative solutions to some of our problems.

In most of the country, a conservative candidate is always better than a moderate one. In those districts where that isn’t case, we had better be damn sure that the moderate is actually a moderate and not a lib. Otherwise, a Republican victory brings us the same result as a Democrat one. Dede Scozzafava would have been a perfect example of that.


Ryan November 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Every single donation request from the RNC, NSCC or NCCC has been sent back with my poll filled out reflecting conservative values, but also NO cash and a special little message about how terrible their support of RINOs has been. I love how Malkin is publishing some of them on her site! I hope the party gets the message.


Dee November 3, 2009 at 11:51 am

While some may be rejoicing at the “thinning of the herd,” electoral success and the conversion and acquisition of new members is being sacrificed at the altar of ideological purity. What you are looking at is a blueprint for becoming a regional, and ultimately permanent minority party. Dee


winfree April 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Now, imagine yourself being paid $ 2 every day for every 10 advertising position you have .


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