Don't be fooled.
Jennifer Rubin, the resident "conservative" at the Washington ComPost, doesn't sound like much of a conservative.
Last week, she pretty much told Republican voters they needed to MoveOn from the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Now, she's trashing newly elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Don’t be a jerk, Sen. Cruz).
It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents. It is both self-serving (presuming principles are of no matter to opponents) and lazy in that it is always easy to say no, ridicule compromise and remain pristine rather than trying to improve legislation or introduce an alternative.
I’m sorry to say Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is too often falling into the reflexive habit of voting no on everything and then mocking his colleagues.
The latest example comes from his talk to the conservative group FreedomWorks in Texas:
We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs — I mean really . . . And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’ I’m not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell. . . . They said: ‘Listen, before you did this, the politics of it were great. The Democrats were the bad guys. The Republicans were the good guys. Now we all look like a bunch of squishes. Well there is an alternative. You could just not be a bunch of squishes.”
There is being principled, and then there is being a jerk. Putting down your colleagues to boost your own street cred with the base falls into the latter category.
There are many things wrong with Sen. Cruz’s comments, whatever you think of the merits of the gun legislation.
For starters, it’s just not smart to annoy colleagues whose cooperation and support you’ll need in the future. Second, as a conservative he should understand humility and grace are not incompatible with “standing on principle”; the absence of these qualities doesn’t make him more principled or more effective. Third, for a guy who lacks manners (see his condescending questioning of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) he comes across as whiny. They yelled at me! Boo hoo, senator.Perhaps Jen needs to change her glasses, but the only mocking I see in the US Senate comes from liberal Democrats like "Dingy" Harry Reid, Dianne "I've Been A Senator Longer than You" Feinstein and Barbara "Don't Call Me Ma'am" Boxer. I mean, really, it's bad enough to get the lectures from the liberal activist media about what the GOP has to do to become "electable," but to get the same one from an alleged "conservative" at the Washington ComPost?
Because Jen Rubin is not a conservative. Dan Riehl ponted this out a couple of years ago.
Not one to take a blog comment at face value, I sought to check it out. It is referenced in her Commentary bio, though, frankly, few grassroots conservatives read Commentary and it says nothing of her politics, or some conversion. As far as I can tell, this would be her via the California State Bar Association, given the DreamWorks connection.
firstname.lastname@example.org - Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA – Law School: UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA
Wow! From Berkeley undergrad and Berkeley Law, to Kerry supporting liberal Democrat as recently as 2004 - to conservative thought leader, now telling the Tea Party, conservative base and Reagan conservatives what to think, or to shut up and sit down because they're irrelevant via her new platform at the Washington Post? And all based upon what must be a relatively recent, if still somewhat mysterious, conversion. Imagine that!No wonder "conservative" Jen Rubin pushed RINO Mittens Romney in 2012, and now thinks Jeb Bush might be a great candidate in 2016.
Dan Riehl also says about Rubin's attack on Cruz.
Not once does Senator Cruz name a name, or trash a Senate colleague. He speaks generally and even jovially, not with a mean spirit. Now, contrast that with Jennifer Rubin’s petty name calling and trashing of a good man’s character and personality – a man I suspect she doesn’t even know personally. This is a vile, ugly woman and the Right should reject and denounce her punditry of personal destruction, just as we reject the ugly politics of the Left.
Well, I for one do reject Jennifer Rubin, as I don't need a lecture about conservatism from a UC-Commietown (Berkeley), John Kerry-voter who attacks it and those who are actively advocating conservative principles.