Tilli$$$$: Call me a RINO, please. (And make the check out to T-H-O-M …)

It didn’t work on Tucker Carlson.  But Paul Shumaker must have convinced our weather-vane of a junior senator to give it one more crack out in public: 

[…] Tillis had more to say about other topics, including one particularly memorable quip. When he dies, he said, he wants his epitaph to read: “Thom Tillis. Former speaker, former senator, RINO.”

Nervous laughter went up from the crowd. RINO is a dirty word in GOP circles; it means Republican In Name Only and suggests someone who is too moderate to be a true member of the party.

But Tillis, who has been on the receiving end of such criticism before, said he invented a new meaning for the term. To him it means “Republican In Need of Outcomes.”

If a debate between Republicans comes down to choosing between an idea that is unrealistic but will sound good to the party base and one that needs a compromise but has an actual chance at creating change, he said it’s “politically courageous” to support the latter.

“What we need to do is be the party of results,” Tillis said.[…] 

Pearl Harbor had results.  9-11 had results.  Dodd-Frank had results.  Hitler and Stalin got “results.”  In most cases, quality is much more important than quantity.   

Oh, I can make a lot of stuff HAPPEN.  But the specifics of my accomplishments — what I did and how it will affect me and other people and the country in general– are what’s most important.

Also, if something is “unrealistic,” WHY would you champion said idea to your voters during your election campaign?  

Out in the real world, if you promise somebody something and then just DON’T DO IT, you are a liar and a fraud.  

In politics — in DC and in Raleigh — doing that same thing makes you “realistic,”  “moderate,” and “courageous.” 

6 comments for “Tilli$$$$: Call me a RINO, please. (And make the check out to T-H-O-M …)

  1. john steed
    May 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    There are even better terms for liberal Republican sellouts like Tillis, such as Surrender Monkey, Fake Republican, Liar, Democrat in Drag, Obama Republican, Big Government Republican, etc. but North Carolina does NOT need this phony in any public office.

    NEVER TILLIS!

  2. Thommy Cloture
    May 13, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I wonder how Thom is coming with his “number one campaign promise to repeal obama care.” During the election Thom stated that was his first order of business. Haven’t heard a word about obama care from Thom since the election?

  3. Nancy in Craven
    May 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

    But the GOP will urge the people to vote for him again. There is no accountability at election time. After all, any R is better than a D. Isn’t that like saying poison oak is better than poison ivy? Or meth is better than crack?

  4. Just Sayin'
    May 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Hope he can fit “Back Stabber” in there.

  5. John Blust
    May 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    What are the results of which the Senator speaks? We are 20 trillion dollars in debt with future unfunded liabilities of more than 100 trillion dollars as a result of all the past “results” where all those in Congress sang kumbaya and got along. Getting along and producing results usually means the country is heading in the wrong direction. I would like to see some positive results for once. The recent omnibus spending bill was not a good result. It represents a big increase in the annual deficit.

    • john steed
      May 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Tillis did come to NC on behalf of the Gaystapo to skupport repeal of bathroom privacy for our women and girls. I guess he counts clobbering our women folk to pander to the Gaystapo to be ”results”.

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