RITOs are a RIOT!
Wherever Republicans gather, it is striking that a goodly number of them think there are too many people in the room. They would like to see more empty chairs. They want to cull the herd before the next round of elections. They want to PURGE the RINOs — what they call “Republicans In Name Only.” Forgetting that politics is a game of addition, not subtraction.
They’ve said so — in person, on social media, and on the airwaves!
Following the wishes of America’s Old Pretender, they would defenestrate Liz Cheney, for starters.
It is useless to point out that Liz did not un-elect Donald Trump. The Sore Loser Man was already defeated by the time he encouraged the January 6 insurrection, pitiful as it was and however spontaneous it may have been. Rep. Cheney’s vote to impeach came after the dirty deed. Never mind, the lady is a RINO.
Which is interesting because Liz Cheney scores 68% conservative on the scoreboard of a website called GovTrack. That’s beats Jim Jordan’s 62% in the last Congress. Better than Devin Nunes at 49%, better than Republican speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy’s 45%, as good or better than 84 other Republicans! (H/T to Dave Cieslewicz for putting the Werkes onto this addictive website.)
In the House, only a guy from South Carolina, one Ralph Norton, scores a perfect 100. (Wasn’t he on The Honeymooners?) Barbara Lee of California is the most left-wing, scoring a perfect zero. AOC is 9%. The Wisconsin delegation’s conservative ranking:
- Gwen Moore (D) 13%
- Mark Pocan(D) 17%
- Ron Kind (D) 50% (that’s just perfect!)
- Tom Tiffany (R) 58%
- Jim Sensenbrenner (R) 62%
- Brian Steil (R) 63%
- Mike Gallagher (R) 76%
- Glenn Grothman (R) 82%
RINOs endorse liberal Democrats
Mitt Romney is another RINO, according to Trump Bitter Enders. Mitt scores 73% conservative on GovTrack ideology scale. Tied with Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa for the 38th most conservative senator out of the 100. More conservative than Mike Lee of Utah 72%, Mitch McConnell 70%, and Lindsay Graham 69%. The most conservative is Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee at 100% on this scale. Who knew?
The most liberal is (Surprise! Surprise!) Bernie Sanders, who scores 0%. Tammy Baldwin ties Elizabeth Warren at 21%. What is (mildly) surprising is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, at 68% is more conservative than Rand Paul at 66% (might be his libertarianism) and Richard Shelby, R-Alabama (not exactly a swing state), at 61%. Joe Manchin scores 57% on the conservo-meter.
What these numbers add up to, class, is the only way to escape being called a RINO is to swear allegiance to the Lost Cause. It’s similar to the myth of the South’s Lost Cause after the defeat of the Confederacy. Living in the Past, shrouded in mist and seething with resentment. We call such people RITOs — Republicans In Trump Only. Good RITOs in Georgia will vote progressive Democrat — Stacey Abrams over incumbent Republican Brian Kemp — because Donald Trump ordered.
At his rally 09-25-21 in Georgia, Sore Loser #45 bellows: “Having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor. It might very well be better. Stacey, would you like to take his place? It’s okay with me.” (Read & Repent.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That makes Sore Loser Man a RINO and a RITO.