Conservatives in Name Only

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“RINO” – Republican in Name Only – is one of the more useful terms we have in our contemporary political lexicon. A RINO is a person who claims to be a Republican yet often, or even as often as politically possible, votes with the Democrats. We use this term to clarify a basic reality of American party politics. Hitchhiking on the success of “RINO,” let’s consider “CINO” – Conservative in Name Only. An American who claims to be a conservative and yet rejects the founders is a CINO. Examples are easy to find.