Cheney's comment about Powell brought to mind some thoughts about the term Republican In Name Only. Moderate Republicans who differ from the party base, particularly on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, immigration and others are often called RINOs. But many of these so-called RINOs actually support the party. They vote regularly for Republican candidates, even though they may disagree with them on various issues, and they generally back the party against Democrats. If they criticize the GOP, it's because they want to move it in a direction closer to their own views -- just as hardcore conservatives want a return to more conservative roots. If conservatives want to call those Republicans moderates, or even liberals, that might be a fair label -- depending on the individual involved. It's possible to be a liberal Republican. Someone with more liberal views who votes Republican doesn't stop being a a member of the GOP. Unlike what the conservative base seems to think, conservative does not equal Republican. People who vote Republican are not RINOs.
But what about a prominent lifelong Republican who served multiple Republican administrations, who then publicly refuses to support the GOP presidential nominee? Not only does he refuse, but he openly throws his support to one of the most liberal Democratic candidates that's ever been up for election. Colin Powell is the true definition of a RINO. No one should be surprised to see that pointed out.