There is a huge herd of RINOS among the endangered elephants these days, but they are not the “Republicans In Name Only” that the right wingers think they are.

They are not, for instance, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler from southwest Washington or Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, two of only nine members of the House GOP caucus to vote with Democrats to hold Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for flouting a subpoena to testify about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. With their votes, Beutler, Cheney and their compatriots upheld the highest principles of the traditional Republican Party – respect for the rule of law, allegiance to the Constitution, ethical leadership. They are the last of a Republican breed.

It is the power-drunk cynics like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the moral cowards who do his bidding in obsequious deference to Trump who have betrayed the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. They are, indeed, Republicans in name only.

Beutler and Cheney will be targeted in the 2022 election by Trump and the reactionary extremists who have taken control of the GOP, including here in this state. Ironically, the targeted ones are the real conservatives and true patriots and, for the sake of their party and our country, these brave few need to grow in numbers, not be snuffed out.

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