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philnotfil
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I find this to be such a fascinating metamorphosis. The first six years of Bush's presidency he was proclaimed as a true Republican. In fact, many RINO's were labelled as such because they disagreed with Bush, or endorsed other candidates in elections. Starting in 2006 the RINO label started appearing with his name. The first reference I can find by someone other than a random blogger is from William Buckley, who said that Bush was too far to the right to be a true conservative, based on his actions in Iraq. In 2007 the claims were still in the blogosphere, but in 2008 they really took off.

Have we ever seen a redefinition of a politician like this?

By most measures Bush was more conservative than Reagan (maybe Reagan is really a RINO too), but has somehow been redefined as practically a liberal.

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TheRallanator
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You probably see a redefinition of a politician like that every time he becomes immensely unpopular and a liability to his own party's reelection chances. The Republicans got hammered in the '06 midterms because they'd finally pissed all their political capital from 9/11 against the wall, and then there was a humungous recession almost immediately afterwards. Throw in the fact that Bush had already done his two terms and there was no need to try and defend his reputation for the next election, and it's no wonder they threw him under a bus.
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A republican by any other name...?

A rino is a rightist is a Reagan, quoth Stein.

Well, if we keep hard-tacking to the right like we've been doing for the last 25 years, we'll soon see the day that Michelle Bachman is a Rino, and Mitt Romney is a Naderite. Yippee.

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There was some grumbling by around 2004 that Bush wasn't a true Conservative, but I don't recall him ever being accused of RINOhood. Huckabee commented earlier this year that Reagan wouldn't stand a chance in today's political climate. His godly image is receding in the distance, looking more and more like a plaster statue of himself.

McConnell, who is the certifiably Conservative leader of the Senate Republicans, has said that the Republican Party risks becoming irrelevant. I don't think Tea Party will catch on, but maybe there will be a new name out there in a few years, maybe something unpronounceable, like Prince's handle.

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Pete at Home
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"There was some grumbling by around 2004 that Bush wasn't a true Conservative"

Indeed there was. And some of it was on this board.

"but I don't recall him ever being accused of RINOhood"

Nor do I. Was the RINO term in vogue back then?

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JWatts
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Both RINO and DINO are silly terms. They are both aspects of a school age cliche mentality.

Of course EINO (engineer in name only) is an entirely appropriate term. [LOL]

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AI Wessex
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The term has gone in and out of fashion since the 1920's.
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TheRallanator
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quote:
Originally posted by JWatts:
Both RINO and DINO are silly terms. They are both aspects of a school age cliche mentality.

Did DINO ever catch on? I've only ever heard "Blue Dog" for right-leaning Democrats.
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quote:
Originally posted by JWatts:
Both RINO and DINO are silly terms. They are both aspects of a school age cliche mentality.

Of course EINO (engineer in name only) is an entirely appropriate term. [LOL]

Wouldn't that be more EIDO (name->degree)? Or am I more familiar with the converse to what you're talking about?
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Bush was not a favorite of hard core conservatives. the only thing he was was better than Gore or Egore.
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JWatts
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quote:
Originally posted by TheRallanator:
quote:
Originally posted by JWatts:
Both RINO and DINO are silly terms. They are both aspects of a school age cliche mentality.

Did DINO ever catch on? I've only ever heard "Blue Dog" for right-leaning Democrats.
It's not used as widely as RINO, but it's certainly used. Particularly in reference to Senator Lieberman.

Here's the Facebook page for: Obama is a DINO

[LOL]

[ October 10, 2011, 11:53 AM: Message edited by: JWatts ]

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