The Republican world is being shaken by an intellectual earthquake. RINO is Republicans in Name Only. Which is a term used by the conservative side of the Republican Party. It refers to the fact that moderate Republicans have been placid in the face of bold Lefty predations on American life. While the Republicans have controlled the House for 6 years and the Congress for two years, they have done nothing to oppose the steady Lefty progress.
In the House, the conservatives have thrown out a Rino leader, largely as the primary campaign made it clear that Rino’s were a big issue among the rank and file voters.
Now that the primaries are over, the Rino’s have made it clear that they have no influence and they are refusing to participate. So what will happen?
I can see two earlier parallels in the Democrat Party.
First, in the early 1950’s the anti-communist wing of the Democrat Party became dominant. These people gained and kept power for the duration of the Cold War. They never defeated the pro-communists Democrats but they kept them under control. When the Cold War ended, the pro-communist Democrats regained full power over the next 20 years.
Second, the pro-black part of the Democrat Party, which had been a minority for 40 years, gained control in 1964 after the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. The anti-black segment spun off, joining the Dixiecrats and formed a functioning third party. They later became non-voters and Republicans as their black neighbors became fanatic Democrats.
With these examples in mind, it would appear that the Rino’s will spin-off over several years, possibly try a third party approach and finally blend back into the mainstream Republican Party to try and wrest control.