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Top 10 RINOs (Republicans in Name Only)

Ranked by the editors of Human Events.

1. 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. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only Republican in Congress not to endorse the President’s reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bush’s tax cuts.

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

3. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.)
“Snarlin’ Arlen” warned Bush not to nominate judges who might overturn Roe v. Wade, joined Chaffee reducing tax cuts and supported Democrats on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, HMO and overtime regulation. Also opposed school choice in Washington, D.C.

4. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
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.

5. Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.)
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.  

6. 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.”

7. 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 ’06.

8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.”  Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t have zoning.”  

9. Rep. Michael Castle (Del.)
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’s teamed with Democrats to make federal funding of embryonic stem cell research one of his top priorities.  

10. Rep. Jim Leach (Iowa)
One of only six House Republicans to vote against the Iraq War resolution in 2002, 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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  • John

     Santorum & Gingrich belong on this list.

  • Will Whiteside

    Honestly, the phrase “RINO” is kind of muddled at this point, and it mainly seems to be a word people bellow when they feel upset at someone who happens to share their political party. Many Tea Party advocates would argue that bush’s neoconservative, bellicose leanings do not belong in the “conservative” party…but a lot of adamant Republicans believe that any cut to military spending would be anathema.

    Ron Paul’s leanings on Marijuana would have made him a RINO to the average republican during George W. Bush’s tenure as president, but the party’s stance is no longer clear on that issue.

  • Cary Monaco

    Karl Rove, John McClain and Jeb Bush all belong on this list.

  • maodeedee

    “Honestly, the phrase “RINO” is kind of muddled at this point,,,blah, blah, blah….Pure, unadulterated moral relativistic hogwash.
    McCain is an example of a Republican in name only, George Bush was a cultural and religious conservative but fiscally was joined at the hip with Liberal Democrats. Karl Rove is a long time establishment beltway GOP hack and urged Bush every step of the way to cave in to the Democrats in Congress and to restrain himself from using his veto authority. And Jeb Bush is even further Left than W ever dreamed of being.
    And it was the GOP establishment that chose both Romney and McCain as presidential candidates base on the theory that “Moderates” like themselves have a better chance of winning than a hardline conservative like Ronald Reagan.
    The have been proven wrong twice in a row but that hasn’t stopped them from floating Chris Christie’s name as a likely presidential candidate.

    And current speaker of the house John Boehner is another “moderate” backstabber merely pretends at being a Republican while stabbing real Republicans in the back at every turn and caving into Obama on demand only after a mere gesture of an effort at half-hearted limp-wristed opposition with a token amount of bluster thrown in for drama..

  • eileen Pelletier

    Where’s the giant tent, these born again christians are driving us out of the Republican Party, we have no where to go, we are fiscal conservatives, lover of county, supporter of a good military and lover of our families.