How have the Republicans treated Leinenkugel in his first 24 hours as a Republican candidate? Cory Liebman documents a series of anti-RINO (Republican In Name Only) posts among Wisconsin conservatives.
For example, Badger Blogger did a post declaring "Stop this RINO" and "Dick Leinenkugel is the very definition of RINO (Republican In Name Only), and must be stopped. Defeat Dick RINOkugel!"
Brian Fraley of the MacIver Institute sent out a tweet reacting to a Leinenkugel interview with Charlie Sykes and made this 140 character observation: "Dick Leinenkugel's @SykesCharlie Interview will haunt him for the duration of his campaign. Train Wreck would be polite." The tweet then includes the tag "#noleinie".
Then there is the new Twitter feed, "RINOkugel", which not only tracks the other right wing attacks of Leinenkugel's candidacy, but it also offers its own original commentary.
Yikes. They've got a nickname that is lame but could stick. But hold your horses. I wouldn't write Leiney off until Republican officials start to express reservations about him. It will be interesting to see if GOP officeholders start endorsing, and who they start endorsing.