I find mowing the lawn a good opportunity for cogitation. Or maybe I just hate it so much I rationalize it that way. Anyway, herewith the latest Deep Thought, Yard Work edition:
Mitt Romney is not the RINO in this election. Nor were Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.
Ron Paul is.
John McCain was not the RINO in the last presidential election.
Sarah Palin was.
Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater were not the "real" GOP candidates they are painted as, but the Bushes were.
Anyone trying to claim that the GOP is the, or even "a", conservative party is fooling themselves, if by "conservative" they mean small, fiscally responsible government. Anyone claiming that the GOP or the RNC has "sold out" the GOP's roots, that it has "betrayed" Republican values, is wrong. At best.
Look, the Republican party was founded on the twin propositions that slavery should be abolished, ditto polygamy. Not exactly hot-button issues today. So the hot button topics the GOP has latched onto are simply different forms of government control from what the Democrats are pushing. Instead of government giving you everything it thinks you need, whether you want it or not, like the Democrats want, the Republicans want to prevent you from doing what you want, whether or not it might harm you, let alone someone else.
As the aphorism goes, the Democrats want government to be your Mommy, the Republicans want it to be your Daddy, and Libertarians want to leave you alone.