The RINO, aka a Republican In Name Only, is a species of political animal that loves self-congratulation. Specifically, if you listen to a RINO, he'll mention platitudes like, "socially moderate, but fiscally conservative'. The RINO will boast about how they don't get bogged down in morality or overly religious debates. A RINO is just concerned about keeping America's fiscal house in order.
All of it is a lie.
The most recent example is Lisa Murkowski, the Senator from Alaska who pitched a fit when she was denied the GOP nomination in the Republican primary, then used a write-in campaign to get her spoiled brat way. That was pretty awful, but there was a razor-thin hope that she would at least be of some utility in this congressional term. Supporters of hers argued that at least she would be decent on economic and budgetary issues.
Planned Parenthood provides vital services? What would those vital services be, Lisa? I guess an organization that gleefully provides legal coverfor pimps trying to get abortions for underage girls is now considered an un-cuttable budget item.
Forget Murkowski's blithe brainless notion of what Planned Parenthood really is. She's a classic Ruling Class idiot with a splash of over-entitled nepotism thrown in for good measure. There is no changing that sad fact.
Instead, focus on the description fake-conservative Republicans apply to themselves. They constantly crow about their desire to balance budgets and cut deficits. Yet the minute they come across Planned Parenthood--a corrupt criminal enterprise masquerading as a women's health business--here comes the supposed penny-pinching Lisa Murkowski to the rescue. Instead of advocating for government to stop funding PP, she's tripping over herself trying to give them more taxpayer dollars.
This is exactly why you cannot trust a RINO. All their talk of fiscal conservatism is a line of talk to fool the rubes. If anything is unnecessary for the government to fund, it's abortion clinics. They make plenty of money. They do not need federal support at all.
When it comes down to it, RINOs are creatures of electoral necessity. Seen from that perspective, a fiscal conservative/social moderate is painted into a very difficult corner. They almost have to spend government funds on liberal agenda items.
How else can a RINO declare themselves socially moderate on abortion? Roe v. Wadeis still in place, so a liberal Republican can't do much there. The abortion issue is settled for pro-choicers. Besides being all for late-term abortions, the RINO has very few partisan moves to convince voters that he's pro-choice. The only thing he can do is defend government funding of abortion providers.
The nature of a liberal Republican's partisan stance and the tone of modern politics short-circuits the supposed balance that RINOs believe they've achieved between budgetary stinginess and social issues moderation. They can never be the cost-cutting deficit hawks they advertise themselves to be. Their liberal supporters have to be placated or they won't show up to support lefty GOPers.
Now if rank-n-file republicans can see this, why can't the Beltway GOP?
...how do Washington Republicans respond to this betrayal by Murkowski, who lost the primary, vilified a patriot like Joe Miller, and lied about wanting to use taxpayer funds for abortion? They promote Murkowski as spokeswoman for the Republican Party, of course.
Ya know, maybe I was wrong. Maybe it isn't the RINOs that are useless. Maybe it's the entire ridiculous mind-numbingly incompetent wndow-licking Republican Party leadership that needs to ride on the short bus.