No, that is not a typo.
There have been plenty of references to this phenomenon over the years, and at least one recently on this site. Plus many since John McCain passed, of course, since many criticized him for being a Republican “In Name Only”. Just a little further back, dozens upon dozens of liberals told me that Bernie Sanders shouldn’t have even been running in 2016 as a Democrat, since he was an Independent.
I find all of this very limiting, ironically because of the already-limited nature of the system. What may seem even odder is that I oppose political parties on a conceptual level, and yet I find protest votes to be generally wasteful.
As individuals, we can’t change the system. To us, “it is what it is”, and we can only react as appropriately as possible to it. Since political parties were allowed to exist in the first place, two of them naturally ate up the vast majority of all political power. Because of that, a vote for another party (at the very least in a Presidential election) only takes a vote away from one of the two candidates that has any chance of winning. I would be absolutely thrilled if people could try to support smaller parties without committing their entire vote to that party, but that’s not how it works.
Which brings me back to “inoism”. Since we’re largely reduced to a choice between whatever the two major parties provide, then why would we further limit ourselves to candidates who strictly conform to the policy views of those parties? If we had a half-dozen viable parties, then this could possibly make sense. But with two viable parties, we eliminate any room for anyone that goes outside of the collective boundaries.
Think about where that leaves us; anyone that has mixed political views has to either try to run as a third-party candidate, or will likely be labeled as a RINO or DINO. So, why should “INO” be considered as a negative, based solely on the determinations of political parties? Shouldn’t we want people to be able to take stances on policy based on their own principles, without any consequences for that alone?
Of course, this isn’t approval of everyone or even anyone in particular that’s been labeled this way. But as a matter of principle, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be this consumed by the demands of either “team” that competes for power in our country.