Revolting RINOs

Editorial cartoons for May 16, 2021: Cheney's fall, pipeline hack, unemployment - syracuse.comThere are some who can recall The Life of Riley, a radio and TV series from 1944 into the 1950s, which originally starred Jackie Gleason and later William Bendix as the inept, bumbling protagonist Chester A. Riley, making molehills into mountainous barriers. When the fates turned against him, a frustrated Riley proclaimed, “What a revoltin’ development this is.”

Environmentalists and natural scientists have attempted to alert us concerning the increasingly alarming dangers in our natural world to a host of species, from insects to flora, and all classes of creatures. In the United States, for example, a recent finding pointed to the extinction of the Virginia freshwater mussel. Endangered or threatened species in America extend into the politisphere with the diminution of the longstanding and vibrant herds of RINOs that populated our lands.

RINOs had traditionally been characterized as a placid, peace-loving breed that fell on hard times for failing to devour or dominate a certain strain of donkeys that had begun to outnumber and replace the RINOs.

RINOs had traditionally been characterized as a placid, peace-loving breed that fell on hard times for failing to devour or dominate a certain strain of donkeys that had begun to outnumber and replace the RINOs. Media personalities such as Tucker Carlson have devoted substantial air time to railing against the donkey replacement conspiracy, arguing that, although RINOs had become toothless, their pacific political stripes no longer contained a sufficient whiteness to ensure survival of the species.

Not a single RINO has been immune from the incessant hostility from certain quarters within the deteriorating biodiversity of the GOP universe, wherein RINOs had enjoyed a long life. Even upon death, a RINO might be castigated as in a recent statement by a leading RINO antagonist, Donald Trump. Upon the passing of Colin Powell, P45 declared of the former Secretary of State and party favorite, “He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”

Remaining senior RINO herd leaders absorbed the indignation in silence, perhaps calculating their own epitaphs to expect upon their demise. However, there has arisen a potential “revoltn’ development” by bands of RINO preservationists to restore the ill-fated breed to a more stable environment within which to strengthen the DNA against extinction.

Notably, the Lincoln Project, led by a group of former GOPers, emerged as a prominent and effective spokesperson and activist for preservation. That effort has been assisted over time by heroic statements from a number of individuals, including Max Boot, Christine Todd Whitman, Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger.

Notably, the Lincoln Project, led by a group of former GOPers, emerged as a prominent and effective spokesperson and activist for preservation. That effort has been assisted over time by heroic statements from a number of individuals, including Max Boot, Christine Todd Whitman, Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger. The survival of RINOs may depend less upon sheer numbers than upon resistance to the more invidious strains of infectious elements such as QAnon. Ultimately, RINO survival depends upon acceptance of the breed into the politisphere which, in turn, requires recognition of the fact that political space is limited as it is to be shared with many other competing species.

That recognition is seriously endangered when 202 House members vote against demanding that an infected herd member – Steve Bannon – be required to testify. Similarly, when 147 GOPers vote to postpone the 2020 presidential electoral results, coexistence in the same bioverse is difficult. RINOs and donkeys have coexisted for a very long time and, it is to be hoped, may continue to do so.

If Chester A. Riley met frustration with the exclamation of “revoltin’ development,” RINOs and donkeys may rest assured that their respective herd populations are at least as frustrated.

 



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