Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This Is What We Call A RINO

A "Republican In Name Only".

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday switched his party status from Republican to unaffiliated, a stunning move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race...

Throughout his 5 1/2 years as mayor, Bloomberg has often been at odds with his party and Bush. He supports gay marriage, abortion rights, gun control and stem cell research, and raised property taxes to help solve a fiscal crisis after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (emphasis mine--Darren)

On those five topics, I support one. Not agreeing 100% with your party plank seems reasonable to me. Not agreeing at all with it makes me wonder why you're in the party in the first place.

How I long for the days when being a Republican meant being for smaller, less intrusive government, instead of whatever it means today.


MikeAT said...

The former mayor of NY, Ed Koch said something on that point.

“If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me…if you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychologist!”

Just curious, what is the one thing?

Darren said...

Gay marriage. I can't think of a valid conservative reason against it--if government has to be in the marriage business at all.

Law and Order Teacher said...

Bloomberg took on the Republican designation in order to run and win. He tried to hook himself to Rudy. He never was a Republican. Bloomberg is constantly given the adjective "popular" mayor of NY. He's popular because he's a Democrat in everything but name.

allen said...

This is why I love the two-party system. It forces you to make a difficult, adult choice: be splendidly independent and irrelevant or swallow hard, compromise and participate.

If Bloomberg does run as an independent he may pull some votes from a leftie Democratic candidate but he doesn't stand a chance of winning himself. Ralph Nader redux.

Mike said...

Gad. Another candidate sure of absolutely one thing: His majesty and utter indispensibility. Blech.