Top 25 most dangerous Congressional ‘Republicans in Name Only’

The D.J. Trump Network has decided to publish a list of the 25 dangerous RINOs in Congress. We have called many of these Senators and Representatives Charlie Crist republicans.

In my column New Democrat Party: The Red-Green-Rainbow Troika we took a look at the Democratic Party and how former President Obama has fundamentally changed it by forming political alliances, creating a Troika. The members of the Red-Green-Rainbow Troika are certainly strange bedfellows but politics makes for strange bedfellows.

Now let’s look at the Republican Party.

Who has fundamentally changed it, why and is it for the better or worse? Who are members of the New Republican Party Troika (NRPT)? These are questions that may help voters understand what happened during the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Just like the Democratic Party, the GOP is make up of a Troika. The Republican Troika consists of three major factions:

  1. Conservative Republicans (a.k.a. the reds). These are the Grand Old Party elite (GOPe). They joined the party after the Goldwater years and have gained in power and prestige due to their unwavering party loyalty. They normally vote the Republican ticket.
  2. Republicans In Name Only (a.k.a. the purples or RINOs). These are individuals who joined the Republican party solely to win a political seat or appointment. A perfect example is former Florida Governor, former Republican and now Democrat Representative Charlie Crist. The purples do not hold conservative values, rather they change as quickly as does the weather in the Sunshine State. The RINOs will not necessarily vote for Republican policies (e.g. repeal of Obamacare). Some have joined movements to undermine President Trump and other presidents dating back to the days of Barry Goldwater.
  3. Constitutional Conservatives (a.k.a. the TEA Party). They embrace the parchment upon which the Constitution and Bill of Rights are written and signed by the Founding Fathers. This group includes Libertarians.

What differentiates these three factions is their commitment to “conservative values”, which are defined differently by each faction.

Arizona Republican Senator Barry Goldwater and presidential candidate in his book “The Conscience of a Conservative” wrote:

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

This statement, to many Republicans, defines Conservative values at every level of government. The idea of limited government as envisioned by the Founders and enshrined in the Constitution. States rights are paramount and trump efforts to impose government laws and regulations upon the population.

Here is the D.J. Trump Network list.



Paul Ryan

Representative from WI

18 years in DC


John McCain

Senator from AZ

30 years in DC


Lisa Murkowski

Senator from AK

14 years in DC


Lindsey Graham

Senator from SC

14 years in DC


Thad Cochran

Senator from MS

38 years in DC


Mitch McConnell

Senator from KY

32 years in DC


Orrin Hatch

Senator from UT

40 years in DC


Kevin McCarthy

Representative from CA

10 years in DC


Lamar Alexander

Senator from TN

14 years in DC


Bob Corker

Senator from TN

10 years in DC


Susan Collins

Senator from ME

20 years in DC


Tom Cole

Representative from OK

14 years in DC


Jeff Flake

Senator from AZ

4 years in DC


John Cornyn

Senator from TX

14 years in DC


Peter King

Representative from NY

24 years in DC


Mike Simpson

Representative from ID

18 years in DC


Harold Rogers

Representative from KY

36 years in DC


Don Young

Representative from AK

43 years in DC


Rob Portman

Senator from OH

6 years in DC


Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Representative from WA

12 years in DC


Johnny Isakson

Senator from GA

12 years in DC


Richard Burr

Senator from NC

12 years in DC


Charlie Dent

Representative from PA

12 years in DC


Susan Brooks

Representative from IN

4 years in DC


Shelley Capito

Senator from WV

16 y

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