Jennifer Rubin’s Moronic Blathering Smearing Heritage and DeMint
These days I mostly ignore Jen Jen Rubin, the hawkish Democrat the Washington Post dressed up like a conservative to pimp to Republicans in DC.
In truth, Heritage’s Action Network has become among the most screechy in the all-or-nothing brand of politics, challenging all but extreme right-wingers and calling virtually all possible compromises a “cave.” While the Foundation is separate from the political arm, the appearance to the public is one of untempered extremism. Via Good riddance, Mr. DeMint.
She rants, more than she raves and her language there is imprecise because she’s really not the careful thinker she pretends to be.
For example, “untempered extremism” could just as easily be interpreted to mean the opposite of what she intends it to given an informed look.
untempered; Not brought to the proper hardness or consistency
Goldwater on extremism: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
So, how did Heritage come to be, any way, hmm? That would be Goldwater, duh! Rubin’s depth of understanding of conservatism is as shallow as her previous Hollywood career.
Paul Weyrich had been inspired by Barry Goldwater’s principled run for the presidency in 1964. Paul called himself a movement conservative.
You see, Barry Goldwater’s landslide loss in 1964 taught many of us young conservatives a valuable lesson that I still focus on at my Leadership Institute: “Being right, in the sense of being philosophically correct, is not sufficient to win.”
Rubin never was a conservative in the Goldwater, Reagan tradition and has always been more a part of the problem, than a solution. But then, that’s why the Post hired her. Berkeley doesn’t graduate conservatives. lol Sadly, neo-conservatism has helped to bring about the very thing it was most against. We’re weaker now internationally than ever and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the more genuinely conservative right become more isolationist given fiscal realities. Oh well, at least they can then go back to being Democrats. Good luck with that!
Rubin was born in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia, and moved with her family as a child to California in 1968.  She attended college and law school at the University of California, Berkeley. Before moving into journalism, Rubin was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles, working for Hollywood studios, for 20 years. In 2005, she moved to Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. She offered a story to the Weekly Standard about Mitt Romney, and continued doing freelance work for two years before joining Commentary Magazine.