Excerpt:Â Thatâ€™s right, you read the title to this piece correctly. I am admitting that I am a RINO. I admit it openly, freely, with relish even. For those unfamiliar, RINO is not only shorthand for rhinoceros, that great beast of the African plains, but it is also an acronym. It stands for, â€œRepublican In Name Onlyâ€ â€” RINO. Now, I am not going to pull a fast one here and spell RINO out with other words. No, Iâ€™m happily sticking right with the words â€œRepublican In Name Only.â€ So, there it is. I am a RINO.