web analytics

You might be a RINO

Here we go! It’s the run-up to the 2010 election — time for the foamy political ideologues and squishy middle-of-the-roaders in both parties to go after each other like hungover weasels in a rabbit hutch.

Fuck it. Civility is for afternoon tea with the Queen. Politics is a blood sport. Here goes:

If you’d rather be in power and actively steering the country in the wrong direction than out of power and pointing in the right direction you might be a RINO.

If you think Sarah Palin is — come on now, honestly — just a bit de trop you might be a RINO.

If you think the Tea Partiers are a muddled, ignorant rabble likely to flare out of control or give the party a bad name you might be a RINO.

If you think defining conservative principles and insisting candidates agree with them is a “purity test” — and a bad thing — you might be a RINO.

If you think it’s okay if the “Big Tent” is big enough to hold two people who agree on practically nothing at all, you might be a RINO.

If you think consensus and comity between members of opposing parties is an important political principle you might be a RINO.

If you think the Constitution is over two hundred years old and a lot has changed in that time you might be a RINO.

Come on, sock an elephant — it’s fun! Got any more? Say, isn’t that David Brooks over there, smirking at your alma mater?

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 6, 2010, 7:36 pm

Fuck it. My idea of CONSENSUS with nancy Pelosi is Teaparty Conservatives with their knee on her chest and a knife to her throat, telling her “THIS IS HOW IT IS GOING TO BE!!!”

What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander.

 


Comment from The Dread Pirate Neck Beard
Time: January 6, 2010, 7:47 pm

If you think bouncing on the couch next to Pelosi while excitedly extolling your love of enviro-marxism is a good way to show leadership . . .

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:08 pm

I realise it’s no consolation, but over this side of the pond we’re having the same problem – in our case, with an idiot called David Cameron who would, seamlessly, slither into any socialist government to lay his worthless, viperous, eggs.

 


Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:12 pm

You might be a RINO if you thought Ann Coulter wasn’t serious when she said we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. Cuz she wasn’t joking.

And abject apologies for going O/T, but a commenter at this loverly site once asked for links re deconstructing the Co-Exist bumpersticker. This is for that guy: http://wisertime.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/coexist/ (via Insty)

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

 


Comment from Jaymie
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:14 pm

That’s me above with the Ann Coulter & the Co-exist bumpersticker. I’m not anonymous, just dumb.

 


Comment from Dawn
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:31 pm

If you have an autographed head shot of Meagan McCain…

If you have ever begun any criticism of terrorism by prefacing with “Islam is a religion of peace”…

If you think border security is veiled racism…

If you have ever labeled your ideas as compassionate conservatism…

Argghhhh!!!!!!

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:32 pm

The thing us, Uncle B., if Cameron and the rest of Blue Labour would just grasp the nettle and espouse some red-meat, Thatcherite policies, they’d romp home. I mean, crush Labour into a sub 100-seat rump. Instead their mealy-mouthed wavering could well end up in a hung Parliament, which means Cleggie and his gang of knit-your-own-muesli idiots would call the shots.

One thing is clear: if the Tories do get a serviceable majority, they need to make it virtually impossible for Labour ever to return to power. My favoured approach is the abrupt destruction of 50% of Cabinet-level government functions, along with sacking the employees, shredding the Ministerial paperwork and crushing the hard drives (this erases institutional memory), killing off essentially all quangoes, radically gerrymandering constituency boundaries and (this is the best bit), outlawing all donations not from individuals. They can survive on individual donations, but remove Labour’s funding from the unions and it’s history.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:45 pm

OK DG – you get my vote! 🙂

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:46 pm

If you voted for John McCain — and you felt pretty darn good about it afterwards…

It’s true, David. We bemoan it all the time. It’s pathetic that he can’t do better than a single digit lead against this insane clown posse. Shouldn’t that be a CLUE?

 


Comment from The Dread Pirate Neck Beard
Time: January 6, 2010, 8:46 pm

If you think that muderin’ babies is a good thing to compromise on . . .

 


Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: January 6, 2010, 9:03 pm

If you think that conservatives who disagree with you don’t understand “educated” “conservatives,” you just might be a rino.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: January 6, 2010, 9:22 pm

If you think that the high incidence of radical Islamists (read: terrorists) in Islamic countries is not indicative of severe societal dysfunction…

If you’ve ever used the expressions “reach out to others” or “reached across the aisle”…

There’s more, but I’m hungry.

 


Comment from armybrat
Time: January 6, 2010, 9:54 pm

If you agree with Michael Steele that Republicans may not be able to handle being in charge, you are a fucking rino

 


Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: January 6, 2010, 10:11 pm

I doan have nuffin to add but a splash of color.

 


Comment from Michael X.
Time: January 6, 2010, 11:13 pm

Spot on, Stoaty. I’ve linked this at my small, but tiny blog.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: January 7, 2010, 12:24 am

I realise it’s no consolation, but over this side of the pond we’re having the same problem – in our case, with an idiot called David Cameron who would, seamlessly, slither into any socialist government to lay his worthless, viperous, eggs.

We need to bring back the tar, feathers, stockades, and for the real treasonous pukes – drawering and quartering. Or heads on spikes, whatev.

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: January 7, 2010, 12:37 am

Good on’ya maam, good on’ya!

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: January 7, 2010, 12:50 am

Oh! BTW: Stealing your art. (With appropriate attribution, of course.)

You might be a rino if, you think the party is about anti-abortion and creationism.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 7, 2010, 2:07 am

Hum, well…

I’m a Tea Party kind of guy myself – but I don’t see anything there except inchoate rage. There’s no actionable program. Unfortunately, the enemy has mastered the trick of being amorphous and decentralized, of doing its work in a massive cloud of gibberish, of bamboozling the public with what Bob Tyrell called the Kultursmog. In a situation like that, what can the Tea Parties accomplish? (Sheer volume of legal obfuscation: the Reid health care bill was 2,074 pages when introduced. All the laws and treaties enacted by the first twelve Congresses combined totalled 2,032 pages. )

The Constitution is over 200 years old, and a lot has changed – that’s why it has been amended 17 times (not counting the Bill of Rights).

Mike Steele, alas, is right: the Republican Party lacks the character required to govern effectively and on principle. Look what the GOP majority did in 2004-2006. Too many hacks and sell-outs. I don’t think it’s his place as RNC chair to be talking about it, though.

 


Comment from BillT (aka "The .0004572% Of Traffic That’s From Iraq)
Time: January 7, 2010, 9:08 am

If you think bi-partisanship means stifling your groans so they won’t interfere with the bloviating of the guy who has just kicked you in the ‘nads, you *might* be a RINO, but you’re *definitely* a wuss…

Dawn: One too many aitches — it’s “Argghhh!!!” And mentioning “head shot” and “Meagan McCain” in the same sentence is entirely too tempting…

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 7, 2010, 9:52 am

Rich! Duuuuude. Easy on the downers. Conservative principles always win in the end, because most of it is basic common sense. Marry, take care of your family, keep an eye out for your neighbors, take a job you like, make as much money at it as you can, keep most of it…like that.

Good on you, Bob. Variation of the graphic here. Yeah. I’m all about recycling.

Anybody want sidebar linkage — as usual, just say the word.

 


Comment from BigBlueBug
Time: January 7, 2010, 10:40 am

If you just luuuurves yourself them free market principles but think it’s OK for the gov to strap on the socialist dildo of serfdom in this one instance because it’s an emergency and somebody HAAAAS to do something. You are in fact a RINO.

A feckless, fat covered blob of wool RINO who isn’t fit to tug Suze Orman’s wiener.

BTW Stoaty, next time you see Her Maj, tell here how much I enjoyed her Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty.

If you could get me Her paypal information, that would be great. I’d like to send along a few quid to keep that fancy toe dancing tapping along.

 


Comment from Deborah
Time: January 7, 2010, 12:39 pm

Now if you would draw us a picture of Michael Steele as a RINO. Every time he has the chance to stand up and promote Republican principles—he sits down. I think it’s time to move his chair out to the curb.

 


Comment from weirdsister
Time: January 7, 2010, 2:26 pm

“the socialist dildo of serfdom…” *wipes the tears away* That made me think of a blog link I saw recently; forgive me, but I simply must share it with y’all, given the context of BigBlueBug’s stark imagery: http://devo79.livejournal.com/200930.html?view=4012002&style=mine#t4012002

Anyone feeling completely hosed yet?

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: January 7, 2010, 4:07 pm

I really think the real RINOs – republicans in name only – are guys like Reagan who are conservatives. The real Republican party is David Brooks, it is the effeminate, left leaning metrosexual party of people who are pro-big business, but don’t stand for much else other than power.

 


Comment from Dawn
Time: January 7, 2010, 4:19 pm

Hmmm…excellent point Christopher.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: January 7, 2010, 5:34 pm

Agreed, Deborah – I read a day or so ago Mr. Steele basically cheerleaded conservatives into a suicidal depression. Essentially saying that conservatives can forget getting ahead enough in this next cycle to do any good. Perhaps said to start a fire under people’s butts, but still not what I expect in a top-notch leader.

Off-topic but the weather reports coming out of the UK (Hampshire, I think): Shoppers began panic-buying thermal underwear, food and wellies

What the hell are “wellies”?

Anyone there starting to question global warming yet?

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: January 7, 2010, 7:00 pm

I doubt they’re “questioning it”… more like “praying for it.”

 


Comment from Allen
Time: January 7, 2010, 7:09 pm

LK, wellies, it’s for a pie they make: Wellie Pie. Some Welsh dish I guess. 🙂

Wellie is short for Wellington boots just your average rubber boot.

As to the Rinos, cut their horns off.

 


Pingback from Cold Fury » RINO test
Time: January 7, 2010, 7:30 pm

[…] standard we’ve been pleased to uphold around these parts since the beginning. Read on for the test; she’s right, as usual. Comments (0) Trackbacks (0) Leave a comment Trackback […]

 


Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: January 8, 2010, 12:17 am

“If you just luuuurves yourself them free market principles but think it’s OK for the gov to strap on the socialist dildo of serfdom in this one instance because it’s an emergency and somebody HAAAAS to do something. You are in fact a RINO.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a work of art. I am in awe, basking in its awesomeness.

Well done.

 


Comment from Lee__
Time: January 8, 2010, 2:27 am

You might be a RINO if you raise your hand to a stupid “Schoolmarm” question about a showing of hands of global warming believers at a primary debate….Oh, that hurt…

 


Comment from BigBlueBug
Time: January 9, 2010, 3:05 pm

You might be a RINO if you raise your hand to a stupid “Schoolmarm” question about a showing of hands of global warming believers at a primary debate….Oh, that hurt…

This makes me crazy. The next time I hear, “Global warming is of course a serious issue but we need to be smart about…”

Ima gonna take my circular slide rule, computate the necessary perturbation in the sun’s radiation output to increase the earth’s temperature 100 degrees F (in Celsius that would be, um…., look it up). Paint that figure on their forehead in monkey blood and then use the slide rule in the manner of an Oddjob hat decapitator thingy.

459 records broken for

 


Comment from BigBlueBug
Time: January 9, 2010, 3:06 pm

cold in US this year.

 

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)


Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.


<< carry me back to ol' virginny