Jennifer Rubin Is An Asshole

July 31, 2011

Sorry, but there's really no other word for it. Talk about someone with a malfunction. You write for the Washington Post now, sweetie. You need to grow up and at least write like an adult, even if you can't manage to think like one. Besides, as far as conservatism, all you likely ever did was cheer the nation off to another war and suck down, only to regurgitate, the GOP establishment line on domestic policy. You sound like a petty loser. Plenty of good people are fighting an honest fight to get this out of control government to rein in spending. Suggesting all they want to do is blow up a deal is a pathetic disservice done them by an obviously very small-minded, petty person misleading people about your politics by calling yourself a conservative. That makes you a liar.

The president gets a deal through 2012; the House gets its cuts; and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gets his commission. And the GOP extremists don’t get their balanced budget amendment passed and sent to the states or the satisfaction of blowing up the deal. As for the country, if it passes, the agreement will take us from the days of automatic debt-ceiling raises to the first, tentative steps toward fiscal sanity.

I'd wager she's been called a lot of things, what with her petty attitude and lack of class, let alone a genuine appreciation for a genuine conservatism. Via her Wiki.

Rubin's political views are widely characterized as conservative[4] and neoconservative.[5] She was also called a supporter of Tea Party movement,[6]

The most accurate thing to call her is likely a typical John Kerry-backing L.A. liberal who changed her stripes over the Democrat's foreign policy and has been lying about what she is ever since. It takes at least a small amount of courage and tremendous fortitude to fight a wrong-headed mainstream political party when it's wrong-headed, Rubin. You didn't even have it in you to fight for the Democrat Party, apparently – but just looked for the path of least resistance, instead. Not to mention, it takes a complete lack of class and integrity to mis-characterize yourself as a conservative the way you have and do, only to advance a career you clearly don't deserve.

Also, that you're now using your ill-gained platform to question the honest motivations of so many decent, dedicated people selflessly fighting for their beliefs and America's and their children's well being and futures makes you rather despicable. But, don't worry, the good and serious-minded members of the conservative grassroots movement I know wouldn't even want you. There are, after all, two-bit hacks on every corner in Washington. Congratulations on finding yourself a, hopefully, decent paying corner to stand on while you ply your trade.

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."

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  1. She would not have kept her job at DW under Spielberg and Katzenberg as a conservative. Never happen.

  2. jann says:

    I think I’m in love………..:)

  3. Gerard says:

    I don’t know what’s more obnoxious: the fact that she’s a columnist at a national newspaper, or that she’s described as the “conservative” columnist at WaPo.

  4. barfo says:

    People whose sole means of communication is through juvenile insults should really avoid telling others to “write like an adult.”
    The irony meter can’t take it.

  5. Andy says:

    Like Richard M., I discount the DreamWorks thing because I’ve seen it up-close and personal in the workplace.
    But she’s an asshole nonetheless.

  6. barfo the insult comic troll says:

    Yeah. Irony meter totally busted.

  7. Blue Ridge Babs says:

    I would label her a “neo” something from reading most of her stuff when she wrote for “Commentary”. I think she really turned toward the Republican party due to Obama’s treatment of Israel. Her stances have moved rightward but I would not label her a conservative, no matter what she says.

  8. l5j6 says:

    She’s a Jew. She’s in the “media”. Therefore a liberal. Does that tell you everything you need to know about her?

  9. Ragspierre says:

    What about life on this planet tomorrow? How’s that look if Nancy gets her way? The Democrat model of governance is to spend $4 trillion while only collecting $2 trillion, borrowing the rest from tomorrow. Instead of “printing money,” we’re printing credit cards and pre-approving our unborn grandchildren. To facilitate this proposition, Washington created its own form of fantasy accounting: “baseline budgeting,” under which growth-in-government is factored in to federal bookkeeping as a permanent feature of life. As Arthur Herman of the American Enterprise Institute pointed out this week, under present rules, if the government were to announce a spending freeze — that’s to say, no increases, no cuts, everything just stays exactly the same — the Congressional Budget Office would score it as a $9 trillion savings. In real-world terms, there are no “savings,” and there’s certainly no $9 trillion. In fact, there isn’t one thin dime. But nevertheless, that’s how it would be measured at the CBO.
    –Mark Steyn
    As mark l used to say, maybe we’ve flown off the cliff already.

  10. sickofrinos says:

    A conservative from the wapo, highly unlikely. ” The sickly dotard” is what she is.

  11. One of the biggest problems that American Progressives and American conservatives have is a lack of communication. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the past few years with the Heath care bill and now with the debt ceiling crisis. I don’t know what conservatives want and this is a big part of the problem. Over the course of the rest of the day, I will be posting this question on 100 conservative blogs as well as at media outlets in comments:
    “It is 2013, you have a supermajority in both the House and the Senate and a true conservative GOP president. What are the top ten things that you would want to see come out of government in the two years you would have certainty that a conservative agenda will be carried out?”
    Your options are open. You can respond at the post for this question at our blog or if you’re not comfortable going to a liberal blog you can post your answers inline here and they’ll be retrieved by a member of my crack staff.
    Diane Valencen
    Editorial Page Editor
    [q c p n!]

  12. Ragspierre says:

    1. return the Constitution as the charter of the Federal government (i.e., “interstate commerce” means what it says, and what it meant in American jurisprudence prior to the FDR over-throw of the Constitution). Repeal the 17th Amendment, which had the effect of creating a class of super-congresscritters, instead of what the Founders intended the Senate to be.
    2. return the issue of abortion to the states (where it belonged during all our history until Roe discovered a new “right” that would have been anathema to the Framers).
    3. give the “other amendments” in the Bill Of Rights the same accord as liberals give the 1st Amendment, especially the 10th Amendment.
    4. scrap the Internal Revenue Code and start from a clean sheet of paper, designing a tax system that SOLELY raises ONLY the revenue necessary under No. 1 (above), and taxes all Americans for their government at the same rate, and DOES NOT tax business (which really just taxes consumers). (Tariffs are another matter, but should also be avoided.)
    5. sunset ALL existing Federal law, with a very few years given older law before it has to be reviewed in the full legislative process.
    6. scrap MOST of the Executive agencies, starting with Education, Agriculture, the EPA, and any surviving czarships.
    7. sell virtually all land held by the Federal government, proceeds SOLELY to retire debt, and return most park land to the states.
    8. carefully wind-down ALL Federal entitlement programs.
    9. enforce immigration law, control the borders, and rationally deport illegal aliens who come into the awareness of LEOs.
    10. make Supreme Court Justices subject to recall under a very rigorous (i.e., high percentage) vote of the majority of the people.
    That would do nicely, I think…

  13. gary gulrud says:

    “The president gets a deal through 2012; the House gets its cuts; and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gets his commission. ”
    The ‘loyal opposition’ again merely put up the appearance of a ‘fight’.
    “Cuts” aren’t anything but a reduction in the growth, bending the exponential curve every so slightly toward the horizon.
    Obusted gets his “deal” for no benefit to America whatever–the cost of financing our current debt goes up.

  14. Al says:

    Ha! Diane Valencen shows herself to be a frothing-at-the-mouth hater in virtually everything she posts at “our blog” (which she seems to think is well enough known that she doesn’t need to tell us what it is here) – why would anyone try to deal with HER in good faith? She’s not interested in dialog, or even if she thinks she is, she’s not capable of it, as her world view is so far left she doesn’t understand normal people.

  15. Ragspierre says:

    “She’s a Jew. She’s in the “media”. Therefore a liberal. Does that tell you everything you need to know about her?”
    No, but I’m afraid it tell me some things about you.

  16. SteveP says:

    Ha! Diane Valencen shows herself to be a frothing-at-the-mouth hater in virtually everything she posts at “our blog” (which she seems to think is well enough known that she doesn’t need to tell us what it is here) – why would anyone try to deal with HER in good faith? She’s not interested in dialog, or even if she thinks she is, she’s not capable of it, as her world view is so far left she doesn’t understand normal people.

  17. LauderdaleVet says:

    Googling, I found this page:
    I’ve never visited RightWeb before. Opinions?

  18. Leslie S. says:

    It seems to me that since you knew her she’s matured a bit and is no longer trying to be that defiant child that we find so often in the liberal camp. As a grown up person she is taking an adult view of what’s going on rather than following along, as you apparently do, with a party line – right or wrong. The fact that she’s NOT following the conservative’s to a “T” is absolutely wonderful! It indicates to me a woman who, though she may be basically conservative, still has a mind of her own and is able to pick and choose what she does and does not agree with. You seem to lack this ability.

  19. Dan Riehl says:

    “You seem to lack this ability.”
    You seem to be a complete fool. See my previous post, dummy. I went along with West and was supporting compromise. In essence, I agreed with Rubin’s position on the debt deal. Guess I do have that ability, wouldn’t you say? The fact is, it’s that I was on her side on this issue is what allows me to genuinely appreciate how pathetic she is. She has no respect for the majority of genuine conservatives. Lindsey Graham is on TV today saying even this deal is a bad one. I guess he’s an extremist, too. Next time you comment here, try to not embarrass yourself so, moron.

  20. Ragspierre says:

    “The Democrat-Media Complex’s ‘Hostage’ Meme:”
    • Huffington Post: How Extremists Have Taken America Hostage
    • News-Star: Sen. Mary Landrieu: Republicans in the House “holding the U.S. economy hostage”
    • Los Angeles Times: Government: Trading the debt ceiling for another hostage
    • The Nation: Economic Hostage-Takers Have Infiltrated the House GOP Caucus
    • Tehran Times: Paul Krugman: ‘Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage’
    • The Hill: Sen. John Kerry: GOP is “prepared to hold the nation’s entire economy hostage”
    • Bloomberg: Jonathan Alter: “Republicans want to hold the system hostage”
    –Doug Ross

  21. Steven says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Jennifer Rubin has turned coat. She’s an Establishment shill. She is selling herself for the lowest bidder. It’s sad to see, because she was a very good blogger for Commentary. She was ahead of the curve on Palin and the Tea Party. Then all of a sudden, she gets the WAPO gig and she’s all Establishment, all the time. It’s sad

  22. raven says:

    Posted by: Ragspierre | Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    And did you notice how Kerry was able to insert the meme into his pathetic questioning of Rubio on the Senate floor? I think his sole purpose for speaking up was just so he could use the word “hostage.” These people are all adolescent automatons; totalitarians in the making. They never had and never will have any intention to debate or discuss anything — it’s only about pounding their narrative of fear and loathing into the collective consciousness.

  23. Ragspierre says:

    I also particularly loved the “terrorist” meme.
    Henceforth, it is an act of terrorism to balance your check-book.
    And this from people who refer to actual terrorists as “insurrgents, freedom-fighters, and militants”.
    But is kinda fun to watch the Collective swirl down the crapper, and make “1984” seem like a light parody….

  24. westie says:

    Jennifer Rubin has NEVER been a Conservative, she has been a Progressive leaning left and now since the L Prog position is filled up with crappy writers she has positioned her self as a R Prog. This is also where Krauthammer, Goldberg, Bennitt, McCain, Snowe and all the other Republican establishment has been for a long time. Unless the traditional Conservative/Libertarian principles are reinstated in a position of power, nothing will change. Surely the caterwauling against the TP by all sides of the establishment will wake up more citizens as to the depth of the problem our current political parties/pirates have driven this country. BTW, if you want to see want a tool Jen Rubin is check Commentary’s Contentions site and review her work. She’s McCain in drag.

  25. Ragspierre says:

    The good news: There are reports of a possible debt deal. The bad news: President Obama might let the GOP have everything. As reports of a possible deal leaked out late Saturday night, it appears that Obama is meeting the Republicans—on their terms. The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky says it is a bleak day in American history, as we could be embarking on a path of huge cuts to programs. Plus, what to watch for in the debt showdown today.
    –The Daily Beast
    For their keyboard to God’s ear…

  26. palmyra says:

    “Next time you comment here, try to not embarrass yourself so, moron.”
    Dan, I really like your response to ‘barfo’. Too funny & spot on!

  27. Terry says:

    Greetings Hobbits! On this sad day for
    Liburty and Freedum why not take the time to catch the Arctic Grifter’s “documentary”? It’s playing in a corn field near you. At least you will feel inspired while you “grow up”.
    Have a great day!

  28. Not Likely says:


  29. raven says:

    Posted by: Terry | Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    Greetings, troll. Thanks I’ve already seen it. But it sounds like you need the inspiration more than we do. Do you dare? You’re obviously fascinated at some level — I mean, you can’t resist invoking her name (pejorative notwithstanding) in a totally unrelated thread. Go ahead. Give it a shot. You’ll survive. You might even learn something.

  30. Citizen West says:

    You’re the asshole, asshole.

  31. mike191 says:

    Terry is “AN Asshole.”
    Have a great day!

  32. Terry says:

    Yes, it’s a sad day for REAL Americuh.

  33. Dan Riehl says:

    Somehow, I picture Terry sitting in a trailer park wearing a tattered nightgown with curlers in her hair, chunking down Frito Lay chips into her 350 lb frame by the mouthful and looking at a picture of Palin’s legs, thinking, “Bitch!”

  34. num47 says:

    absolutely. I copied a friend on this article, subject line was “puke”.

  35. barfo says:

    Hostage…how dare the news media report the truth!?!!???!

  36. Terry says:

    Wrong again, Dan. Most of your traffic is drawn from the trailer-dwelling Hobbits though, I’d bet. For the record, your post about weeping at the Griftermentary was a classic. It’s always good reading here, just not in the ways that you might expect.

  37. Brian says:

    I’ve been reading Jennifer Rubin in Commentary and the Washington Post for years now, and she’s been pretty conservative throughout, in both her domestic and foreign policy posts and articles. So the question as to whether she is, in some metaphysical sense, REALLY conservative in terms of her actual secret or past beliefs, is not really interesting.
    And Dan, you express yourself with these strange bursts of vituperation against people who are – at least for the most part – on your own ideological side, leading reasonable people to believe that you’re kind of fucked up.

  38. Ragspierre says:

    barfa has let her inner goose-stepper out in recent posts.
    He/she/it is pulling for the Obamic dictatorship it fantasizes about, just ACHING for that 14th Amendment woody in its neithers.

  39. Ragspierre says:

    Terry hasn’t the wit to even notice that most of us just ignore it now.
    A TWOT (total waste of time).

  40. John Burke says:

    Typical Dan. Could it be that Rubin is referring to the 22 clowns who voted againsf Boehner; or to the hundreds of talk radio callers I have heard over the past several weeks expressly urging the right to blow up any deal. Or for that matter to the talk show hosts egging them on.
    As for Rubin’s supposed epiphany, sure, any clever opportunist would choose to move from left to right between 2004 and 2008.

  41. Ragspierre says:

    Yesterday, analysts thought the economy was expanding by 2.5% a year. This morning, they learned GDP grew by only 1.6% in the last four quarters. This is a remarkable discovery. It’s the difference between thinking we’re expanding at a decent, if disappointing, pace, and knowing we’re growing around half our historical norm.
    Analysts also thought, as recently as twelve hours ago, that the economy declined 6.8% and 4.9% in the quarters bisected by Obama’s inauguration. It turns out the actual declines were much steeper: 8.9% and 6.7%.
    To adopt the president’s favorite metaphor of the ditch and the driver: The ditch was a 33% deeper than we thought. And we’re driving 33% slower than we hoped.
    –The Atlantic
    No. It ain’t a “ditch”. It is the Grand Canyon. And we are going FASTER than we thought.

  42. mike191 says:

    Brian as a reader of Commentary,you’re point of Ms. Rubin is correct.However, Commentary and its core readership is not that of the Washington Post.The question arises :does she write for the audience at hand,based on venue,and/ or has core values that reflect in her articles of a conservative?Her latest offering would suggest a “chamelon” conservative,which Mr. Riehl finds offensive.
    Yes ,it is a bit of “vitupercation” which does not lead to Mr.Reihl being”fucked up.”

  43. Ragspierre says:

    “Could it be that Rubin is referring to…
    middle America. You know…THOSE ‘extremists'”
    There, FIFY, anti-Burke.

  44. Not Likely says:

    Remember when Obama called a female reporter “sweetie?” Remember the reaction from the right blogosphere?

  45. Elmo says:

    “if you’re not comfortable going to a liberal blog …”
    Duz ya do outcall Diane?
    (haven’t finished the thread yet, so we’ll call this comment a drive by snark).

  46. The important thing to take away from this is that a balanced budget is an extremist position. Balance is extremist. And we have always been at war with Eastasia…

  47. Elmo says:

    Ragspierre | Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    Thanks for that (Elmo’s broken windup platterspinner: rebirth of the Reich Ministry). We ain’t in Kansas no more. Soon enough, we will know the pain … of crispy skin, sloughing off.
    I started checking the thermostat yesterday, while watching Pelosi, yammering away on the floor of the House (I coulda sworn my flat panel was off gassing sulfur).
    ‘Course … maybe it’s just me? (snark to taste).

  48. Elmo says:

    Citizen West | Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    I dunno … maybe with a merengue beat? Some steel drums perhaps. Sounds kinda catchy. I’m thinking Britney, or Keisha, or Katy’ll be all over that!

  49. bandit says:

    Keisha!?!? Ke$ha

  50. jeannebodine says:

    Is she ever! She is a particularly nasty piece of work. Thanks, Dan.

  51. ehhhh says:

    Oh look, Riehl’s having a tantrum. Sorry bro — no BBA for the batshit fringe. Maybe you all will manage to blow up the economy next time around.

  52. Terrye says:

    Actually, I don’t think it is Jennifer Rubin that is the a**hole. I am not liberal or a Democrat, but over the last few days I have heard a lot of people say a lot of stupid things..such as Mike Pence should be primaried or whatever…but Jennifer Rubin has at least tried to be a sane and rational person…I guess that is why Dan feels the need to call her names. What a guy.

  53. happyfeet says:

    I thought the teadoodle tantrum on Friday was silly but hardly extremism … if Jen Jen ever encounters for reals exremisms she’s not gonna be in very good shape

  54. happyfeet says:

    *extremisms* I mean

  55. Ralph Kramden says:

    “Maybe she was taking on that coloration because Jeffrey K. is a Big Time Dem”
    Ah, so Democrat is a “coloration”. Sure glad you cleared that up.

  56. Tennwriter says:

    I don’t read Rubin anymore. She tries to sound conservative while giving lame advice.
    Like the sign says ‘dumb looks are still free’.
    And Mr. Burke,
    I voted for one of ‘those clowns’, Dr. Scott Desjarlais, and I hope to again in a few more years.

  57. Tennwriter says:

    Nice list.

  58. My God Dan, I thought I was only hard ass in the Blogosphere.

  59. Ronnie says:

    Topless t o p l e s s. No problem with that? How about coming up here and getting topless? Yeah you’ll do it. When you get here you’ll do it. What about getting topless? No problem with that T O P L E S S topless? You’ll do it you’ll do it.

  60. Big Mack says:

    Now, hang on a second here… Someone who supports a Balanced Budget Amendment is an “EXTREMIST”????? (See 2nd paragraph in this article)
    Please explain why a normal working stiff with some actual fiscal sanity (i.e.: one who wants a Balanced Budget for the way the Government spends MY money) can be labeled an “extremist”…
    I’m dying to hear your explanation…

  61. My one time to be funny and I forget a word.

  62. Sol says:

    I still take Jenny Poo over Riehl in a cat fight.

  63. Tom Grey says:

    It’s too bad that WaPo could only come up with a lukewarm Israel loving almost conservative ex-BIG Gov’t Democrat.
    She, like most of her almost certainly very liberal/Dem friends, really thinks Small Gov’t ideas are a radical fringe “extremists”.
    A balanced budget is not extremist.
    It’s too bad WaPo didn’t offer you a spot.

  64. Dave Shanahan says:

    I’m done with you, you classless jerk. A man (real) does not use that word to describe a female no matter how much. Take a clue from Greg Gutfeld, for example. Jerk.

  65. Smoke says:

    She wants to be David Frum or David Brooks.

  66. Gotta love how that dimwit troll with the androgynous name mindlessly repeats what it believes to be a major insult — Hobbits — when, in fact, it is not an insult at all to any who are the least bit learned. It only takes a minute to learn all you need to know about Hobbits and why many of us TEA Party Hobbits gladly accept that appellation.
    But I’m sure the androgynously-monikered one doesn’t have the capacity to “study to shew thyself approved” but only the capacity to hurl “insults” someone else created.

  67. Dan Riehl says:

    Brian, you honestly are woefully misguided in your thinking. Look at what you wrote:
    “And Dan, you express yourself with these strange bursts of vituperation against people who are – at least for the most part – on your own ideological side, leading reasonable people to believe that you’re kind of fucked up.”
    So, tell me, Brian – what really is “fucked up”? In my case, I tossed a simple, mostly meaningless word Rubin’s way – asshole. Oh my! But consider for a moment what it was she did.
    You say, she’s on my or “our” side. So, she uses her new found platform at WaPo, not some blog, in an attempt to marginalize an absolutely wonderful grassroots political movement – the Tea Party – by labeling them “extremist,” and today, “obstructionist.” Now, think carefully Brian, which rhetoric is genuinely more harmful, more impact-ful and repulsive? That this woman, theoretically on “our” side would do such a thing is reprehensible. My one word did nothing, while her prose attempted to paint thousands upon thousands of decent people in a negative light, so as to undermine their political beliefs. And “I’m” the “fucked up” one? I think not, Brian. Get your priorities sorted out and learn what language is actually harmful – in a significant way – and which is an offhand slight.

  68. RIRedinPA says:

    Pot, kettle…

  69. Ragspierre says:

    No. Really. It did not.
    Geez, people… Who raised you????

  70. Mich says:

    The political middle is generally not well-informed, being in the middle and not well-informed largely because they don’t feel passionately about politics. Not always, but often less well educated and less intelligent types. Partisans are better informed, but rather mad (in the nutso sense) because of the passion that drives them to be well-informed.
    It’s a challenge to remain both informed and self-critical enough to not fall into the madness of passionate overidentification with one’s tribe, whether left, right, libertarian, communist, black, white, red, yellow, Jew, Christian blah, blah, blah. Rheil tries even less than the typical mad partisan. He revels in being a madman.

  71. Lol these are really hard words, to write down that someone is asshole but I think she deserve this!

  72. wuting says:

    so nice younr post!apb cash: