RINOs Are NO MATCH for Liberal Purists

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By Barrack

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Extremist: a person who goes to extremes, especially in political matters.

The lukewarm Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) are in charge of the Republican Party while liberal extremists are in charge of the Democratic Party. Time and time again, those RINOs have caved to those extremists while also bullying conservative extremists in their own party.

Isn’t it time for some balance?

We’re told by the left as well as the RINO establishment that the likes of Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are extremists. According to conservative review, they’re the three most conservative members of the Senate; they sit at 100%, 97% and 93% respectively. Logically, their liberal records are 0%, 3% and 7% respectively.

Conversely, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a 2% conservative score, meaning he has an ideological – or extremist – score of 98% liberal. Naturally, therefore, Reid is by definition an extremist. Yet, he’s portrayed as a mainstream Democrat. In fact, unlike the three most conservative Senators, Reid is not part of the fringe within his party; he is its leader in the Senate. Can you imagine a conservative Senator like Cruz – who is more moderate than Reid is – being the Republican majority leader?

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Fat chance. Consider that Reid’s Republican counterpart – Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – has a conservative score of 46%, which makes him far more moderate than is Reid. In fact, McConnell is more liberal than he is conservative. At 98% liberal, Reid isn’t even the most liberal Senator. There are four Senators who sit at 100% liberal / 0% conservative. They are Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). Again, these are considered mainstream Democrats with powerful leadership roles within the party. Their conservative counterparts are opposed more by the Republican establishment than these most liberal Senators.

In fact, 41 Senate Democrats have a conservative record of 10% or less, meaning that 41 Senate Democrats are 90% liberal or greater. Despite holding a 54-44 (plus two liberal independents) majority, Republicans only have four Senators with a 90% or better conservative record.

So who are the extremists? Shouldn’t there be more Republicans siding with the likes of Cruz and Lee just to keep the Senate somewhat balanced and less extreme?

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Does this trend hold true in the House of Representatives? You bet it does. House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has a conservative rating of 9%, making her liberal record a stout 91%. As the top ranking leader of her Party in the House, she’s quite the extremist. Shouldn’t she be more moderate in the interest of reaching across the aisle? Should an extremist be leading the Democratic Party? If the answer is yes, why shouldn’t her Republican counterpart have a more reflective, opposing score?

How about the Democratic Whip within the Party? Surely that individual must be more moderate than Pelosi, right? You know, to help keep ideological balance within the House. Turns out, Rep. Steny Hoyer is more liberal than Pelosi is. Hoyer sports a 6% conservative / 94% liberal rating.

Well, since Democrat leadership in the House is so extreme, doesn’t it necessarily follow that for the House to be balanced, Republican leadership should be just as extreme? As it turns out, that’s not the case at all. Instead, the House Freedom Caucus – which more closely mirrors Democrat leadership – is painted as extreme. This caucus is what drove Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) out of that position.

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However, more liberal heads prevailed when it came to Boehner’s replacement. That replacement was Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who sports a 56% conservative / 44% liberal record. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sits at 40% conservative / 60% liberal, while Republican whip Steve Scalise is at 68% conservative / 32% liberal.

As the primary and general election season kicks into gear, there will be pleas from Republican Party leaders to forego the search for a purist candidate as it is not practical. We will be told to choose a candidate who can appeal to independents and Reagan Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Democrat establishment is both rife with and led by ideological purists. Yet, those liberal Democrats as well as the Republican establishment would have you believe that conservative purity is too extreme to win.

The reality is that conservative purity is the only thing that will neutralize the entrenched liberal purity that is destroying the fabric of the country.

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