Dept. of Confusion
November 12th, 2012

So after advocating(?) on behalf of the Republican candidate with the most restrictive view of immigration, Jen Rubin now has some advice about what Republicans ought to do concerning immigration reform:

The next election, if Republicans are to win, must be waged with this wise counsel: “[T]he GOP seems willfully clueless. There’s a reason there are so few minorities in the party. . . . Compassionate immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, should be the centerpiece of a conservative party’s agenda. Marginalize or banish those who in any way make African Americans, gays, single women or any other human being feel unwelcome in a party that cherishes the values of limited government, low taxes and freedom. A large swath of conservative-minded Americans are Democrats and independents by default.”

This should probably be filed under the general topic of ignoring immediate post-election policy advice. It’s weird how no one ever thinks the path to electoral salvation goes through policies they don’t like.

  1. Nedward November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    No, Kathleen gave it the old college try before succumbing to radical Gergenism, Rubin was born this way

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  3. Kevin November 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    If we are looking for a way forward for the GOP, probably top on the list is not listening to those like Jen Rubin (and others) who inflicted Romney upon the Republican Party. We all have our pennance to do, but they need to be in hairshirts and mute for through at least the 2016 cycle.

    If only the GOP had heel stables who could gang up on them.

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  5. KLP November 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    “limited government, low taxes and freedom”

    Thin conservatism.

    also single women are a fixed category now?

    And “freedom” is to the Right what “equality” is to the Left, meaningless. My identification with conservatism has never been about generic freedom, if it was I’d be a libertarian

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  7. jonsmythe November 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    So let’s see, under the Rubin Doctrine we need to chuck the following long held conservative principles for fear it might hurt someone’s multi-culti feelings:

    1) Law & Order–blacks and hispanics might feel offended since they are disproportionate offenders.

    2) Opposition to partial birth abortion–need to get the slut vote.

    3) Opposition to Affirmative Action–See #1

    4) Welfare reform–See #1

    5) Defense of religious liberty— might offend the Queer Eye For the Straight Guy crowd

    6) Spending restraint/debt reduction—see #1

    I could go on….

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  9. Ted November 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Do these reflexive “analysts” like Rubin ever stop to consider how many current GOP voters will bail out of the party if they were to adopt these open borders, open everything policies? Rubin, Parker and quite a few more of their ilk are the one’s who need to be marginalized and banished from the party……..along with the lousy candidates they force upon the rest of us.