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Jennifer Rubin vs. Jennifer Rubin on Obamacare

The Washington Post columnist can't stop reversing her positions in an effort to sink the president's Supreme Court nominee.

By NTK Staff | 08.07.2018 @4:30pm
Jennifer Rubin vs. Jennifer Rubin on Obamacare

The Washington Post’s supposedly conservative columnist, Jennifer Rubin, published a piece advising liberals on how best to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Tuesday.

But a number of key points in Rubin’s attack on Kavanaugh’s nomination can be refuted by none other than, well, Jennifer Rubin.

The columnist opens her 2018 piece by calling on opponents to Kavanaugh to emphasize the threat to Obamacare, calling conservative challenges to the health care law “wacky.”

Among those three states, opponents to Kavanaugh likely have the best opportunity to flip Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), especially since they both voted against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which many legal advocates on the right still think is unconstitutional. A lawsuit filed by red states challenging the law on the grounds that it eliminated the individual mandate (yes, it’s wacky) is making its way through federal courts. If Kavanaugh expresses the view that the ACA is in play again, it will make it harder for Collins and Murkowski to vote for him and keep their bragging rights to have saved the ACA.

But the Jennifer Rubin from 2012 and 2013 would have loved a judge who would have struck down the premier example of President Obama’s “lawlessness.”

Reacting to the news that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in 2012, the columnist had a different reaction to the law. Rubin wrote that the constitutionality of the tax in the law was something “no one thought would be taken seriously,” criticizing Chief Justice John Roberts for ruling that way.

The individual mandate is not valid under the Commerce Clause. Chief Justice John Roberts joined four other justices on that point. The principle of enumerated powers is preserved. But on grounds that no one thought would be taken seriously, the taxing power, Roberts sided with the liberal justices.

And in a 2013 piece entitled, “Obama defends his lawlessness,” Rubin criticized the then-president’s enforcement of Obamacare. “Does he believe the Constitution allows him to only enforce parts of laws he thinks will work?” she asked, criticizing Obama’s “authoritarianism” in enacting the poorly-crafted law.

But now that she has Trump to go after, Rubin has tossed her previous reservations about Obamacare out the window.

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