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Monday, February 27, 2006

Top Ten RINO's in Congress (only 10?)

Human Events has a terrific Top Ten list in its hallowed pages this week -- the "Top Ten RINO's (Republicans In Name Only). Do you have any additions to this list? If so, do give names and your reasons for adding them to the RINO list! (NOTE: I have added my comments in parenthesis after the HE analysis.)

HUMAN EVENTS SCORES “TOP TEN RINOS” (REPUBLICANS IN NAME ONLY) – The editors of Human Events, the national conservative weekly, ranked those they consider the Top 10 RINOS, all of whom are staunch supporters of unrestricted abortion. There are dozens more, but this list is a good start.

Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties, Chafee has long supported liberal policies. He backs legal abortion, gay rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections and a higher minimum wage. (Ok, do I HAVE to remind people here that he was the ONLY R to vote AGAINST Sam Alito for SCOTUS? KRD)

Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) A self-described “centrist,” Snowe scored a 100% pro-choice voting record as scored by NARAL and consistently votes with Democrats on social issues.

Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) “Snarlin’ Arlen” warned Bush not to nominate judges who might overturn Roe v. Wade, joined Chafee in reducing tax cuts and supported Democrats on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, HMO and overtime regulation. Also opposed school choice in Washington, D.C. (I'm not thrilled with Arlen, but for all of his faults, he has done pretty well with the judicial nominations of John Roberts and Sam Alito. I would love to see him pay more attention to the lower court nominees now, however. KRD)

Sen. Susan Collins (ME) Voted with liberals on the 1999 tax cut, campaign finance reform and the partial-birth abortion ban. Also advocated “pay-as-you-go” tax cuts with spending increases in 2004, leading to a budget never agreed upon between the House and Senate.

Rep. Christopher Shays (CT) He led the House fight for McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.” He’s also prone to back environmental causes, gun control and abortion rights. He had no GOP challenger in 2004, but narrowly escaped defeat 52% to 48% by a Democratic opponent in the general election. (At one point, I believe that Ann Coulter was considering challenging Shays -- before she moved to Palm Beach. KRD)

Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.) Helped unions raise pay and unionize Indian casinos. Has said, “I believe in a limited government, low taxes, a tough approach to crime, but I also believe in an activist government. I’m not one of those laissez-faire types.”

Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.) Over the course of his 23-year career, he’s gained considerable power (chairman of the Science Committee) despite amassing one of the most liberal voting records of any House Republican. Fought back conservative challengers in 2000 and 2002 and could face a GOP challenge in 2006.

Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws.

Rep. Michael Castle (DE) As president of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and key player in the so-called Tuesday Group lunches, he is a ring-leader of RINOs. He’ teamed with Democrats to make federal funding of embryonic stem cell research one of his top priorities.

Rep. Jim Leach (IA) He was also the only Republican to vote against President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts. His support for environmental causes and abortion rights has won him liberal fans.

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