Republican In Name Only (RINO) is a moniker given to those ostensibly conservative politicians who align more closely with establishment Democrats than with their fellow America First partymen.
It’s a pejorative slur used to denote a weak GOP elected official unwilling to stand up for American greatness. These RINOs are more interested in their D.C. careerist intentions than policies that actually work for a majority of citizens.
The party’s most ardent RINOs currently occupy seats on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee or hold congressional leadership of some kind, but what they all share is a distinct vulnerability, a guttural feeling of certainty knowing the GOP is dead — and so are its policies.
Most Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump after the events on Jan. 6, 2021, are beginning to regret their decision as they finally realize the grave miscalculation made in thinking voters actually care about the so-called “insurrection”.
As it turns out, they don’t. Voters are more concerned with feeding their families, filling their gas tanks, paying their mortgages, and protecting their children from endless woke indoctrination.
It seems some of these RINOs are beginning to regret their impeachment votes, especially Rep. Tom Rice, who lost his long-standing House seat on Tuesday.
Republican Rep. Tom Rice lost his solidly conservative South Carolina House after nearly a decade in Congress. He is one of the RINOs that voted for Trump’s second impeachment.
Although Rice repeated his support for many Trump policies as he campaigned across South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, from Myrtle Beach to the Pee Dee region, he defended his decision to impeach Trump as “the principled stance.”
“My opinion is that our Constitution is too precious to risk,” he said during the district’s five-way Republican debate.
Trump responded by endorsing South Carolina state Rep. Russell Fry.
Fry blasted Rice, not only for his impeachment vote, but he also made allegations of self-enrichment and slammed the incumbent for his Democratic outreach. In reaction, Rice, a former tax lawyer, focused his hefty war chest on Fry, ripping him as “a tax-and-spender.”
Fry on Tuesday secured more than 50% of the primary vote, avoiding a runoff with Rice on June 28.
Rice’s race has received national attention, in part because of Trump’s rally in the district. But Rice himself invited out-of-state, anti-Trump Republicans to stump with him, such as former House Speaker Paul Ryan and ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
During Ryan’s visit, he and Rice sought to underscore Rice’s work on tax reform and poverty alleviation as a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee — a meaningless effort in the eyes of the voter.
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Rice, on the campaign trail, looked to Georgia for political inspiration as to how to distance himself from “The Trump Issue”.
However, once again, his efforts proved fruitless as Rice quickly realized the ‘new’ GOP voter is not interested in the warmongering, fiscal ‘conservative’ Republican Party of years past. The ‘new’ GOP voter wants action, strength, fortitude — and RESULTS.
Author: Ann Taylor