Talk:Republican in name only

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The "Accused" RINOs section in the article

I think the section entitled "accused RINOs" should have references and/or should be eliminated lest it become a platform for internet users to vent. PheasantHunter 00:28, 25 July 2007 (EDT)

Lincoln Chafee

His article actually lists him as a liberal, so would we consider him a centrist here? DanH 17:20, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

Yes, based upon party affiliation. A centrist is by definition someone can can work with either liberals or conservatives, and he does exactly that. RobS 17:25, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

Ron Paul

I added Ron Paul because he seems like more of a Libertarian than a Republican. His ideas are far too 'out there' versus a traditional Republican.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by LibertyorDeath (talk)

I reverted you simply because I can see a lot of people disagreeing with you - so try waiting for a reaction before you post again--IDuan 18:33, 10 January 2008 (EST)

I agree that Ron Paul sould be up there as one of the "RINO's." Ron Paul is not a real Republican. His views are much more libertarian then conservative. He votes Liberatiarn in Presidential Elections, and say's he won't support any of the GOP 2008 candidates. Paul distances himself with Republicans on Homeland Security, Iraq, the death penalty and the War on Terror. So I guess that would make him a "Republican in Name Only." Chippeterson

Paul himself says that he is more Republican than the rest of the Republican party. He eschews the lable of libertarian as well, calling himself a "true" conservative. Does that make him a RINO or every other Republican a RINO? I don't know. HelpJazz 15:36, 22 January 2008 (EST)

Cafeteria conservatives

If a person holds a conservative position on some issues and a liberal position on others, would that make him a cafeteria conservative? Wouldn't that make him a cafeteria liberal as well? Gillespie 18:52, 10 January 2008 (EST)

Mitt Romney

Isn't Mitt Romney running as a conservative? Learn together 00:42, 13 January 2008 (EST)


The statement "RINOs and Reform Democrats typically come from New England states where corrupt Democrat political machines do not allow dissent and opposition so reformers have difficulty gaining ballot access..." seems like unsourced hyperbole to me. I didn't add a fact tag, because I've been reverted a lot lately.. HelpJazz 15:37, 22 January 2008 (EST)

Related to that part of the article, maybe I'm missing something, but how much influence could a Democratic party machine have over who the Republican nominee is? And wouldn't they use any influence to have the least centrist candidates nominated, to reduce the Republican chances of winning in a majority Democratic state?--Frey 15:00, 8 March 2008 (EST)

John McCain

Considering his views on Global Warming and his eagerness to reach across the aisle to his Democrat buddies, shouldn't John McCain be considered a RINO? CMcFreeze

Mark Sanford

Would the recent behaviours of Mark Sanford qualify him as a RINO? If so please add it for me on the list. Thank you for your time. ChuckK 22:03, 24 June 2009 (EDT)

  • No, it wouldn't qualify him as a RINO. The reason being, one the vast majority of issues, in spite of his moral lapses, he supports/agrees with the RNC. --ṬK/Admin/Talk 22:06, 24 June 2009 (EDT)
    • Thank you for the update. ChuckK 22:27, 24 June 2009 (EDT)

Mary Bono Mack

This was a close call. She voted 91% with the party. She has turned into a fiscal liberal as of later years; raise taxes, vote for omnibus budgets, vote for cap-n-trade. Anyone in disagreement?--Jpatt 21:25, 17 August 2009 (EDT)

LOL! Her American Conservative Union rating:
  • #45 BONO MACK 74% 2008 65% 2007 11 years of service 71.69% [1]
Since she has brought it up nearly 10% in the last year, and is from a heavily Democratic district, I don't think she belongs on the list, John, and if talking about only the Republican Party, not conservative voting, she has raised millions for the Party. --ṬK/Admin/Talk 01:08, 18 August 2009 (EDT)
We will revisit this issue at a later date if needed. She could be counted on during Republican majorities. As for today, idunno. [2] --Jpatt 11:10, 18 August 2009 (EDT)

Article Guideline

  • Remember, please: The title of this article, "Republicans In Name Only" is just that. It is not "Conservatives In Name Only". What would qualify one person for an article of one name, wouldn't for the other. ;-) Thanks! ----ṬK/Admin/Talk 09:52, 20 August 2009 (EDT)
Wouldn't that mean that those who are not even Republicans in name anymore-- Specter, Jeffords, Chaffee and Weicker-- don't belong in the list? Perhaps a new section called "Former RINOs". ChrisFV 16:06, 5 November 2009 (EST)
Very curious as to why my last update was reverted. How can one be a Republican in name only if they're not a Republican? Resolved. -- Jeffrey W. LauttamusDiscussion 19:05, 5 November 2009 (EST)

Hagel Graham

Hagel sided with anti-war libs on the war in Iraq. Attacked the credibility of the President and his party. He was for amnesty. Obama calls him his friend. He has an earmark record.

Graham was tough on Republic SCOTUS nominee Alito. Graham voted for Democrat SCOTUS Sotomayor. He was for amnesty as well. He is for Cap and Trade. Always talks of fear against his party moving too far right, never talks about the disaster for this country of having far left liberals in charge.--Jpatt 22:26, 5 November 2009 (EST)


Under the John McCain heading, the sentence reads, "Key RINO principles; support for gay rights..." The semicolon should be a colon. -- Jeff W. LauttamusDiscussion 10:24, 9 November 2009 (EST)

Joe Scarborough

No true Republican is employed by communist propaganda station MSNBC. Consistently trashes his fellow Republicans. He stays on the list.--Jpatt 21:38, 28 June 2010 (EDT)

He might be trying to add a bit of reason to MSNBC. Also, being a Republican does not require liking all other Republicans. The important fact is that he consistently votes Republican. He may be a Republican that doesn't like Rush Limbaugh, but that hardly makes him a Republican in name only. He should not be in the list. ChrisGT90 12:12, 29 June 2010 (EDT)

Fred Upton

There was a TEA discussion about Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, before he became chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Since then, he has come out strong against Democrats on Cap-n-Trade, FCC net neutrality and votes for social conservative causes. I am removing the RINO dishonor. --Jpatt 21:35, 8 April 2011 (EDT)

RINO list

This page should be limited to politicians. I am going to remove columnists, actors, and lawyers.--Jpatt 23:21, 28 May 2012 (EDT)

Bob McDonnell

I understand that some on this site favor the Governor of Virginia, he's done some good stuff on the life issue, but he crammed through a big-tax transportation bill and expanded Obamacare to his state, betraying his constituents like the other RINOs Christie and Rick Scott. I was going to put McDonnell here, but I want to know if you guys agree with putting him on. Jm920 12:39, 7 March 2013 (EST)

Log Cabin

What about the Log Cabin Republicans? Are they RINOs?--JoeyJ 08:03, 23 June 2013 (EDT)

By definition. Add to that GOProud, Republican Main Street Partnership, The Wish List, Republican Majority for Choice, Republicans for Choice and ConservAmerica. - Markman 08:07, 23 June 2013 (EDT)