WaPo’s Conservative Jennifer Rubin: Liberal Kerry Democrat And Berkeley Grad
Well, this explains the light Wiki entry for the Washington Post's conservative voice of choice, Jennifer Rubin. I assumed there was a reason for the lack of detail.
A commenter on my blog about Jennifer Rubin tells me that he knew her in Hollywood, where she was known to be conventionally liberal as late as 2004:
"I knew Jennifer fairly well for a number of years. She worked at DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation. She worked with Jeffrey Katzenberg on issues and I had lunch with her lots of times. (I’m the labor rep for the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE and she was on the company side. You tend to get to know your opposite number.)
We talked about the 2004 campaign endlessly. She was always funny, with sharp observations. I never got the impression she was anything but a Democrat (as am I.) Maybe she was taking on that coloration because Jeffrey K. is a Big Time Dem, or she genuinely felt that way, or she had a religious conversion. She was mildly critical of some of Kerry’s campaign moves during the ’04 campaign, but she wasn’t in the Bush camp.
It’s somewhat startling to me that she is now hard right, but stranger things have happened. Whether she sees this as where the money and fame is, or what she honestly believes, or something in-between, I know not."
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!
It's probably safe to assume we can rely upon her to vote Republican, at least as long as Obama is around. And political conversions can be wonderful things. But virtual newcomer to whatever the hell her politics actually are today, Jennifer Rubin, has absolutely no business, nor authority, to be lecturing life-long, long-term and genuine Reaganite conservatives about anything – as she tried to do yesterday. Come to think of it – and now knowing her background - she even sounds a lot like a Kerry-supporting Berkeley liberal Democrat below from that piece, don't you think?
The budget deal as a Rorschach test
… there is silliness on the Republican side …. These are the voices of the perpetually aggrieved on the right who will oppose any deal because their aim is not conservative governance but confrontation and incitement of an anti-Washington base. …the cranky voices are a very small minority …. Moreover, Tea Partyers … were overwhelmingly positive about the deal. (FALSE) Perhaps the anti-dealmaking right is largely a creation of liberal media and of a few sour conservative pundits. … those on the right who whine about any deal should not be taken seriously. After all, the CR shows how little credibility they have.
If I were you, I'd be extremely careful about throwing the word credibility as a conservative around, Jennifer. From a traditional conservative perspective, you really have none, so far as I can tell. Why some folks can't simply call themselves Neo-Republicans, which more accurately describes what they actually are, is sad, frankly. Co-opting the word conservative for self-marketing purposes is misleading and little more than a media-based scam.