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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Welcome to Right Turn

By Jennifer Rubin

To those of you who've read my work before and to those who haven't, welcome to Right Turn, an opinionated blog on politics and policy. Conservative readers, I promise not to go "native" and, like former Supreme Court Justice David Souter, slide left as soon as I'm "in." Liberal readers, I hope you'll find what I have to say provocative and interesting -- and discover that you actually agree with me now and then.

So who am I, and what am I doing on The Post's website? Well, five years ago, I never dreamed I'd be writing for The Post. For two decades I was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles. Then in 2005, my husband and I decided that California was becoming a mess. (This is a theme I'll come back to time and again.) We moved to Virginia, not with the expectation that I'd become a blogger, but to gradually phase out my career as a lawyer, spend more time with our two sons and enjoy living in a red state. But people plan and God laughs. Virginia turned blue shortly after we arrived, and I discovered that the most rewarding job I could do was to write about politics. Talk about a second act.

After freelancing for a couple of years, I found a home at Commentary magazine. I was front and center, sometimes ahead of the pack, on a number of stories, including the New Black Panther scandal, the ill-fated Chas Freeman appointment, the ill-conceived awarding of the Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson and the rise of the Tea Party movement. I've taken a hard look at the American Jewish community and the internal battles in the right. And I've written on the sins of omission and commission by the mainstream media, which too often are handicapped by unexamined biases.

What do I believe in? For starters: American exceptionalism, limited government, free markets, a secure and thriving Jewish state, defense of freedom and human rights around the world, enforced borders with a generous legal immigration policy, calling things by their proper names (e.g. Islamic fundamentalism), and recapturing vocabulary (a "feminist" is not the same as a pro-choice activist). Nearly all wisdom is found in the Godfather movies (no, not Part 3!) and the Torah. I'm a dog nut, so I'm a sucker for any dog story. (And for the record, I think Bo is adorable.) I'm a harsh critic of racial preferences, the Middle East "peace process" (which is short on peace-production), Keynesian economics, judicial imperialism and liberal statism.

What do I love about politics? Well, there's the fun and unpredictability, the abundance of irony, the display of human foibles, the determination of the American people to rule themselves, and the battle of ideas. Really, what's not to love?

From my perch at The Post, I'll be covering a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and media controversies. I'll try to inform and amuse, expand your Yiddish vocabulary, offer some insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party (the two aren't the same) and generate debate -- among readers, with other bloggers and with my new colleagues.

I want to hear from you (though, please remember The Post's standards on comments) -- what you like and don't, what you agree with and don't, and what you want to know more about. We live in interesting times -- the best for political junkies and for policy wonks. So I hope you follow along. But buckle up -- it's going to be a bumpy ride.

By Jennifer Rubin  | November 30, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
 
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Welcome, Ms. Rubin!

I'm a regular (conservative) reader of Greg Sargent's The Plum Line. I hope you will interact with your readers in comments.

Posted by: sbj3 | November 30, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post just gained a new, frequent visitor. Congratulations.

Posted by: mdavi211 | November 30, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Welcome, Jen. I've been a long-time Contentions reader and have loved your analyses on all the various issues. Your output amazed me on that site and you never fell flat.

I'm looking forward to this new turn in your life and wish you much and continued success.

I can't wait to read the comments from "the usual suspects." I was a little sorry that JPod cancelled the comments section last year.

Yasher koach!

Posted by: Grantman | November 30, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Jen,

The much abused reader of the pap which the post labels "news" but is little more than the DNC line...cum OBAMA and the agitprop Lefties (with one notable exception: Mr Krauthammer of course, will now be exposed to your incredible wit, intelligence and hard hitting common sense!

So happy for you, so happy for the Post, so happy for we undernourished readers..

All the very best,
Mike Bee

Posted by: mikebee1 | November 30, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Loved your posts at Contentions, looking foward to reading you at the Post. Just curious re:the Torah. Respectfully, have you ever, as in intelletual exercise, read the New Testament?

Good luck on your new blog-I've recommended it on FB and Twitter and plan to be a daily reader.

Posted by: cajunkate | November 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Jen--my computer just took a "Right Turn" lol

Posted by: macgoogle1 | November 30, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

So now all the old Contentions trolls who have been in hiding can return! Hopefully they'll keep their old handles so it will remain easy to skip their comments. Beware, Jennifer. You are now in very hostile territory...

Posted by: garyfrank1 | November 30, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Dear Jen, I've loved your posts at Contentions. I will continue to read you daily at the Post. Good luck!

Posted by: eoniii | November 30, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Echoing mdavii211, the Post just got a new daily visitor. Your writing on Contentions was "must read" and I'm glad to follow you to your new home.

Posted by: Maidrya | November 30, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Your new column is hereby bookmarked in my Favorites! Looking forward to adding this to my daily reading.

Posted by: evajeanne | November 30, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Jen. I've read you for ages @ Contentions and look forward to seeing what you do here as well. Already have the page bookmarked.

Posted by: ozacip3 | November 30, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on your new gig. I always read Flotsam and Jetsam with with my first cup of coffee. I hope you keep the tradition up here. My mornings would be incomplete without it. I look forward to watching Post readers get the vapors from the truckloads of good sense you're about to dump on them.

Posted by: JohnKnox1 | November 30, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Jen, there could not be a better thing to happen to this place. I read CK, but usually not here. Now, I HAVE to come here, to get my daily dose of JR.

You not only have a gift, you are a gift.

Best wishes from one of your biggest fans.

Posted by: cfbleachers | November 30, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"Jen" is now centered on my Chrome Bookmarks Bar which will be the first thing opened every morning. Now to bookmark you on my Droid.

Posted by: brendalou | November 30, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Mazel Tov on your new blog, Jennifer. Well deserved!

Posted by: adamlevick | November 30, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Welcome and good luck to you in your job here at the Post. Nice to finally see a REAL conservative voice blogging at the Post.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 30, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Wall Street Post.

Posted by: mcstowy | November 30, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Right Turn, Right Matters, RedState (whoops), Gerson, Thiessen, Kristol, Will, Krauthammer... yeah this is basically Communist Pravda around here.

Posted by: Potter2 | November 30, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

It may not be politic, but I don't expect to agree with you very much, & I'm sorry that you're now writing for the Post. Just what the Post needs, another neo-Con blogger. I assume you're a Palin fan? And think that the teabaggers are true patriots? Please, do tell.

This whole "American exceptionalism" thing is just another way to say that Obama is un-American, not "of us." Being Jewish myself, I often feel that same characterization is applied to Jews, & it's very disappointing to see your views here. Do you really think the right wingnuts & teabaggers who are your target audience accept you (& me) any more than they accept Obama? Just keep reading the comments, sister, & you'll see that they don't.

Good luck to you.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | November 30, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard, "Teabagger," really? Both original and classy all at the same time. I knew the Post readers would get the vapors, but so soon? This will be fun.

Posted by: JohnKnox1 | November 30, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Welcome! Not a moment too soon!!!

Posted by: thebump | November 30, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer: I hope you like your new home at WP. Your regular readers will surely follow you over. You're a gem. Not sure about The Godfather, but amen, amen regarding Torah. Looking forward to your posts.

Posted by: quiltnbee | November 30, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Your embrace of American Exceptionalism is disturbing. All great civilizations in decline resort to this attitude as a way of masking real problems. The fact is that America became great because it turned away from religious dogma and reliance on the supernatural, and adopted a secular, reason-based society. America will remain transcendent only if it continues to value human individuality and the ability of Man to govern himself, without the help of a secular dictator, a divinely-ordained despot or an imaginary omniscient wizard. The Right may rightly resist encroachment of the state, but they wrongly embrace a religious anti-intellectualism that will surely hasten our decline as leader of the world.

Posted by: George23 | November 30, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

You were great at Commentary. The Post is very very lucky to get you on staff--a rare and welcome sign of intelligent life.

Posted by: Rob_ | December 1, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Mr George 23 in a Columbia '68 dissertaion excerp (or so it seems), in the midst of his yippity yappety yap, tosses out an edible nugget---...."America will remain transcendent only if it continues to value human individuality and the ability of Man to govern himself, without the help of a secular dictator, a divinely-ordained despot or an imaginary omniscient wizard...."

Yes indeed Sir, right on...Read Jennifer for a while as pennce..soon you will comprehend who your omniscient let's pretend wizard really is
Mike Bee

Posted by: mikebee1 | December 1, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Welcome. I am very happy that I have another alternative to the Examiner and Fox News to get my conservative viewpoint for the day. (BTW, I'm moderate but if I had to choose, I'd say liberal).

Posted by: kperl | December 1, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Jen, hope it goes well for you. A warning: leftist trolls will alternate between anti-semitism and harshly accusing the right of anti-semitism. It's a sight for sore eyes! God bless. FB2011

Posted by: fraudbust2011 | December 1, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Well I'm one of those lefties, but I'd welcome intelligent debate. Something like what Ezra Klein does but, whereas Ezra is middle, this would be right? I hope so. Look forward to it.

Posted by: TomCantlon | December 1, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Rubin,

I enjoyed your commentary at "contentions" and I plan to continue here at your new location.

I note a couple of less than cordial comments above from some WaPo regulars who clearly have not been exposed to your well-reasoned commentary. Pay them no heed, for they know not what they do (i.e., they haven't got a clue).

As we used to urge Harry Truman, "Give 'em hell", Jen. It will do 'em good to hear the voice of reason for a change.

Best wishes.

Posted by: HenriLeGrand | December 1, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Jen. How about some ideas for future columns?

Why is America exceptional? It certainly is not exceptional when it comes to education since it now ranks 12th in its college graduate rate. It is certainly not in health care, since it has an infant mortality rate that rivals many third world countries. It also embraced the use of torture during the Bush years. Is the use of torture an example of American exceptionalism. These are just three examples. Why not a column in which you highlight WHY America is exceptional.

Then you can write about the invasion of Iraq. It cost between one and three trillion dollars, 4000 American lives, over 100,000 Iraqi lives, not to mention Abu Grahv and other assorted consequences of the invasion. Was this invasion worth a trillion dollars? Tell us all what exactly America and the world go out of the invasion that was worth all that money and lives.

Then how about Abu Grahv? Not much in the way of protest from the Conservatives on that one. Is it now permissable for other countries to strip AMERICAN prisoners naked, make them perform sexual acts in front of their guards, threaten them with dogs. If yes, then why is it okay for Americans to treat foreigners like this but it is not okay for foreigners to treat Americans like this.

Lastly, how about a column about conservatives trumpeting freedom and equality. They are anti-choice and anti-gay rights so how does this fit with the idea that conservatives are more freedom loving than liberals.

I eagerly await your columns on these questions. Enlighten us all.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | December 1, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

What's that subtle shift I just felt in the zeitgeist? Oh! The Post's visit counter just amped about 20 percent. Congratulations, Jennifer! You deserve this and we share your joy. You're the absolute best political writer working today and the Post is lucky to have you. Wishing you all the best! PS - Don't forget to link to Bad Rachel.

Posted by: johnnyramone | December 1, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Well.....YOU say you notched one for your cred on the New Black Panther Party situation. I will agree that they (all 3 of 'em) are a fetid, useless accumulation of mass. BUT the rub comes in where YOU (you didn't qualify your crowing about same) then see the entire situation laid at the feet of Obama/Holder, w/ nary any attribution to the Bush AG dept. Your associates averred the latter were completely w/o any involvement as to how the events played out over these NBPP-scum. But, you are just a blogger, right. It would be unfair of me to think you should be at-all knowledgeable on the legal process. A lawyer would certainly do a better job of prepping for trial.

Posted by: KILAPH | December 1, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Well.....YOU say you notched one for your cred on the New Black Panther Party situation. I will agree that they (all 3 of 'em) are a fetid, useless accumulation of mass. BUT the rub comes in where YOU (you didn't qualify your crowing about same) then see the entire situation laid at the feet of Obama/Holder, w/ nary any attribution to the Bush AG dept. Your associates averred the latter were completely w/o any involvement as to how the events played out over these NBPP-scum. But, you are just a blogger, right. It would be unfair of me to think you should be at-all knowledgeable on the legal process. A lawyer would certainly do a better job of prepping for trial.

Posted by: KILAPH | December 1, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

A promise not to slide left is a promise of mental rigidity. Why does that invite anyone to read?

If I know what is going to be said in advance, I needn't bother.

Posted by: sobi1 | December 1, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

I wish you well. I'd like to see you "recapture vocabulary" like the words conservative and liberal or left and right wing or pro choice or pro-life or Keynesian or supply side.

Posted by: citizen625 | December 1, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

We already have Theissen and Krauthammer plus others who might as well call their pieces "turning right" or "I love Palin" or "liberals need to learn common sense from us"... seriously -- don't see a need for a "right" specialty column. Watch Fox News if you need your fix. The post creeps more to the right every day -- just like the rest of the medica pandering to the ever increasing Fox News audience. THIS IS A TAKEOVER!!!

Posted by: nyskinsfan | December 1, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Whoa - I had to have a defibrillator put to my chest when I read your introduction.

The world really has changed. The WAPO has undertaken an effort to print the views of a conservative - Wonders cease to amaze me.

I look forward to reviewing the Right Turn!

(Be sure not to only pick on California. New York and several other nation-States with -0- fiscal-sense make good subjects, too.)

Posted by: millerdave | December 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Amen nyskinsdiehard. And, nice name. "Teabagger" is indeed the correct term. Politcal parties should not be invented by the media.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | December 1, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to some well-reasoned commentary from this blog. And to echo some of the earlier sentiment, when people talk of a liberal media bias, I really hope they aren't including the WaPo. Rubin, Krauthammer, Gerson, Will, RightMatters, Thiessen, even an op-ed from "W" today...I'd say the paper is becoming more balanced.

Posted by: ezcheese81 | December 1, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Another right wing crackpot on the WAPO OPED pages? Stop the presses...

Posted by: xSamplex | December 1, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Jen, You are just another conservative propagandist that is delaying progress for humanity. You should be scorned, belittled and chastised at every utterance coming from you. You are what is wrong with journalism, politics and public policy! You are a true disgrace and should just quit this position of propagandist and GO AWAY!

Posted by: pgrundy90 | December 1, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Welcome, Jennifer! Good luck with your column, and I shall at least give it a look to see how you do.

I do hope that it will be a thoughtful effort, willing to acknowledge points from others and is based on the premise that those who disagree with you are not evil anti-Americans but in fact ARE Americans who happen to disagree with you on some things. As a 49 year old conservative, the things that bother me most about the way the Republicans have been trending lately are (1) the almost automatic assumption that "we" are Americans and "they" are not--not really, anyway and (2) that Republicans in the media are a beleagured minority of truth tellers when #1 (by a lot) Fox News pays almost no attention to balance (even MSNBC, that Olbermann/Maddow network, runs a morning show led by Joe Scarborough and includes Pat Buchanan) and talk radio is predominately both right wing and unrestrained by amost any sense of accuracy to balance their own ideological blind spots. As several other commenters have noted, the Post is not ridiculously liberal (I lived in St Louis and saw the St Louis Post-Despatch--now THAT was a ridiculously liberal newspaper in my opinion).

On what you believe...some thoughts:

American Exceptionalism: what do you believe this means--that we are a unique nation founded on ideas rather than geography/ethnicity (in which case I agree with you wholeheartedly) or that because we are unique rules don't really apply to us and we can do basically anything just by being "true to ourselves" (an interesting concept in a pluralistic society)?

Limited government: how far do you take this? Are Social Security and Medicare part of government overreaching? Are you Libertarian in the sense of minimal government intrusion into both markets and private lives? And please be consistent--it bugs me when Rep/Dem bloggers "switch sides" of an argument based on who is in power (ex--on airport security, suddenly it's the Reps that champion privacy rights while Dems cite security concerns).

Harsh critic of judicial imperialism--just remember that this is a flaw of the right as well as the left. The Florida recount decision was bad in many ways (ironically, the full recount showed that Bush won Florida legitimately), and the Citizens United decision was a sweeping overturn of long-standing law that, coupled with a lack of transparency laws, raises legitimate concerns about who is doing what in our democracy. And conservative complaints about judicial imperialism with a conservative-led Supreme Court often come off as borderline delusional. And I assume you applaud Obama's efforts to repeal DADT through Congress rather than the courts.

I could go on, but this comment is too long as it is. Suffice it to say that I welcome your column with interest, and hope that you approach it with intellectual honesty and a willingness to examine your own beliefs as well as others. Now THAT would be a refreshing change indeed!

Posted by: Banzai45 | December 1, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well I can only hope that you're open to critique from the left. If what you offer is RATIONAL, NON-IDEOLOGICAL, fact-based commentary and opinion, then great--conservative is fine. But if you start getting ideological, forget it. Is your hope to provide a forum for righties to get their ya-ya's out, or to actually persuade rational people that the conservative line is the correct one?
I hope it's the latter, and good luck.

Posted by: dnaden33 | December 1, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Unless by "judicial imperialism," you mean the conservative activism of the Roberts Court, any commentary you offer on that subject will be empty pablum.

Posted by: uh_huhh | December 1, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer -- Loved your work on "Contentions" and will miss you there, but welcome you here. I'm a liberal who thinks we made a terrible mistake electing an inept, inexperienced candidate who's in way over his head. I read lots of blogs all over the political map. I'll be a frequent reader here.

Posted by: bethIllinois | December 1, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, nyskinsfan; I'm a fan of your handle as well. Tough year for us, eh?
To any of you baggers who don't like being called teabaggers: Too bad. A rose by any other name.... To refer to you as anything else might imply respect for your views, which is most def not the case here. As far as originality & class, just read comments from your fellow right wingnuts anywhere on the Post site & you'll see a decided, consistant lack of either.

As a Liberal Dem, I long ago tired of trying to remain above the fray & engage in intelligent disacourse with your kind, who just don't seem to understand anything but crassness, i.e., this whole "Obama is a commie socialist who stole the election & wasn't born here" garbage you all seem to truly believe.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 1, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer, Gerson, Thiessen...WaPo needs another alleged "conservative?" Since I haven't read Ms. Rubin's stuff yet, and I will, just scrolling thru, I noted a few of the inherent contradictions within that classification. Quotes from Bill Kristol, the inheritor in chief of the neo-conservative ethos...a willingness to use US military forces around the globe to pursue a utopian fantasy, as opposed to the traditional conservative maxim of "peace thru strength." Then, she mentions the "New Black Panther" joke of a story which of couse appeals to the xenophobic hordes of right wing populism...most couldn't spell "conservative" nor do they know who William Buckley was. I note she mentions Paul Ryan...I will wonder if she cares about deficits accumulated before 20Jan2010 or the fact that the largest multible of the debt among the previous 5 admins came under Ronald Reagan!

As I asked, WaPo needs another conservative? Well, I'll be fair. I'll read thru your work, I have the time. If I find areas of agreement I'll say so...if I find that Ms. Rubin is just another new "conservative woman" in the mode of Palin, Angle and O'Donnell, all vapid bimbo populists, I'll say that. Welcome to the WaPo blogs!

Posted by: mfkpadrefan | December 1, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I am a liberal and love hearing intelligent, thoughtful arguments from the other side of the aisle. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. Welcome!

Posted by: ishkabibbleA | December 1, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed reading you on Contentions and will be sure to follow you here. Congrats!

-Mike Tanis

Posted by: metanis | December 1, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't take long to check out part of your resume...a hit piece on the New Black Panthers of Philadelphia "scandal"...not!

"Though the threatening behavior was captured on videotape..." Was it? The videotape shows 2 African American males still in Halloween garb in front of a public housing comples with an overwhelming African American population. Folks, both Black and White, are freely walking by and into the polling place. One of the "scary" guys is carrying some stupid baton but the other is doing nothing extraordinary...in short, a non story but great fodder for right wing populism as opposed to the intellectual history of conservative thought.

Ms. Rubin relies on the efforts of one J. Christian Adams, a right wing political hack who, as a Bush admin holdover, couldn't get along with incoming lawyers and thus sought to cause a political ruckus while heading out the door. This was all done on Fox News (surprise!!) with Ms. Rubin's fellow lawyer turned bimbo "journalist" Megan Kelly. Nowhere is it mentioned that the Bush Admin dismissed criminal charges and transferred proceedings to civil court fully 2 weeks beform Obama's inauguration...a sick joke of a story aimed at nothing but igniting the racial antagonisms of the right wing populist hordes and confusing the rest of us. As I said, a joke of a story and an issue of no real consequence.

Also of interest was where the piece was published...the "Weekly Standard." A "respectable" publication but "neo'Conservative" as opposed to traditional conservative history of William Buckley and Barry Goldwater to name just two. It does fit in with Ms. Rubin's self identification as a Jewish intellectual and avid supporter of Israel and their current right wing leadership. The story on the NBP twosome did nothing to promote either that strain of thought or the future of Israel. But I'll keep reading Ms. Rubin. You've caught my eye...but, as they say, be careful what you wish for, you might just get it!

Posted by: mfkpadrefan | December 1, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

So you're one of the unmitigated jerks that attacked Carles Freeman, eh? Jackson Diehl must love you. If you ever run into Diehl, let him know the Post readers are still waiting for him to come out from hiding and actually participate in that debate he promised us before calling us all anti-semites and running to hide behind his mommy's skirt.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 1, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Just remember: three right turns equals a left.

Posted by: kantcould | December 1, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Welcome, Jen. You have now entered the twilight zone.

Posted by: brigsy1 | December 1, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Brava Jen! So thrilled to see you spreading your wings on this larger platform. I'm a Contentions junkie, and have been reading with gusto since that blog started. Like you, I grew up reading Commentary, and it remains my Lodestar in the world. My brother and I joke about daring to dissent from "The Party Paper". Anyway, just wanted to say Mazal Tov and also thanks for your fantastic writing and powerful arguments. I won't always chime in on these comments sections as I usually lurk and refrain from offering my two cents. But I had to offer my fondest wishes for you in your new digs. B'hatzlacha from one your legion fans.

Posted by: RereadBurke | December 1, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Brava Jen! So thrilled to see you spreading your wings on this larger platform. I'm a Contentions junkie, and have been reading with gusto since that blog started. Like you, I grew up reading Commentary, and it remains my Lodestar in the world. My brother and I joke about daring to dissent from "The Party Paper". Anyway, just wanted to say Mazal Tov and also thanks for your fantastic writing and powerful arguments. I won't always chime in on these comments sections as I usually lurk and refrain from offering my two cents. But I had to offer my fondest wishes for you in your new digs. B'hatzlacha from one of your legion fans.

Posted by: RereadBurke | December 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi Jen,

I'm looking forward to reading your stuff. I look forward to reading opposing views, particularly

As for American exceptionalism, I would be interested in reading your take. I've lived in another country for a few years (UK) and am a frequent visitor to another (Costa Rica). I'm not going to go all Lake Woebegone on you, but all countries have unique characteristics. Costa Rica, for example, is the only country in Latin America without a military. Given the long history of military dictatorships in the region, its long history of democracy is indeed exceptional. So, what makes America exceptional in your opinion? Much of what I hear from the Right is pretty much an empty bumper sticker.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I welcome you.

As for your beliefs, I often wonder how a thoughtful and bright person, a precise thinker, could EVER list a core belief as "American exceptionalism" as it is just not something to BELIEVE IN. You wanna say you love your country and the ideals on which it was founded, I say go for it. But this crap about a belief in "American exceptionalism" is just bizarre. And it has proven to be very costly when those who have conducted our foreign policy take actions in the name of that belief.

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What do I believe in? For starters: American exceptionalism, limited government, free markets, a secure and thriving Jewish state, defense of freedom and human rights around the world, enforced borders with a generous legal immigration policy, calling things by their proper names (e.g. Islamic fundamentalism), and recapturing vocabulary (a "feminist" is not the same as a pro-choice activist). Nearly all wisdom is found in the Godfather movies (no, not Part 3!) and the Torah. I'm a dog nut, so I'm a sucker for any dog story. (And for the record, I think Bo is adorable.) I'm a harsh critic of racial preferences, the Middle East "peace process" (which is short on peace-production), Keynesian economics, judicial imperialism and liberal statism.

Posted by: smd1234 | December 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Aren't there enough conservative hacks writing for the Post? WTF? Trying to one-up the Washington Times?

Posted by: mz2010 | December 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Right Turn?
From what I have read, it will be a right turn into hell on earth.
the sociopaths win and the people who care about people lose.
You must be one of them thar' beer guzzeling sociopaths who will shot anything that moves.
Maybe you will be happy when we are a third world nation and the unemploment is at fifty percent, the wages are at fifty cents an hour and the work week is 7/16.
Get a soul, you would make a great robot.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Another neoconservative, distinguished from other neoconservatives by the fact that she used to live in California. At least the Post's readership won't have to worry about unpredictability.

Posted by: jbritt3 | December 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard

JR is not a Palin Cheerleader. Go read her work at Commentary. She's been critical of Palin and has suffered attacks for her views.

Posted by: Claire11 | December 1, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Jennifer! I've followed your work at Commentary and found you to be one of the best bloggers in terms of ideas, engagement, intensity and writing skills. Really hoping you don't lose that certain magic you were able to convey at Commentary once here at the Post.

Posted by: sventur | December 2, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Rubin appears to be reasonably intelligent for a rightie, so I'll be looking forward to seeing if she can "man up" like Joe Scarborough, Ed Rollins, and Babs Bush and deign to criticize the moron Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Observer691 | December 2, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Ms. Rubin. It is a difficult calling but one worth fighting for.

Truth is beyond any of us but perhaps all of us together can make a better approach at dealing with it.

Posted by: Over-n-Out | December 2, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read more!

Posted by: thinkitthrooooo | December 2, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

jesus, are you really that stupid or naive that you moved to "enjoy living in a red state" which "turned blue"? Anyone who knows anything about politics and demography knows that this distinction is largely false, and any "blue"/"red" divide is largely based on an urban/rural split. Arlington and Appalachia are culturally, economically, and politically completely distinct, and it makes no sense to talk about Virginia monolithically.

Actually, I suspect that you know this but deliberately elided the fact that you moved to the Beltway. No, no, you moved to "a red state"!

Posted by: thetk | December 2, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The Post's violent shift to the right continues. Sigh.

Posted by: bondra004 | December 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The woman has hardly written a word and the epithet-hurling libs start doing their thing. And they call tea party adherents close-minded. If they are the intellectual fuel that's powering the left, no wonder the majority of the country can't stand them as the only way they see fit to try to state a view is to be rude, senseless, and snarky. If the Post is providing more conservative content, it's surely because they see a need to cater to people who actually think. So I look forward to reading this blog.

Posted by: alexandria6351 | December 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Love reading your stuff Jennifer! I also like the movies you've been in.

Posted by: Ryan-In-Iowa | December 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer,

You wrote: "For two decades I was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles." Who did you represent? From what I've read, it must have been employers who claimed they needed more immigrants because they faced a "labor shortage." If you know anything about market economics, shortages cause an increase in price (demand is greater than supply). So labor shortages raise wages. A shortage of poor people raises wages and eliminates poverty level wages. Immigration, on the other hand, suppresses the labor shortage and keeps poor people poor so that their employers can stay rich.

You don't believe in free markets Jennifer. You believe in the entitlement of rich people to pay poverty level wages free from the interference of free markets.

You are a not a "conservative," but a "conservative*" with an asterisk (*). You believe in market principles only when it serves your economic interests.

Posted by: kevin9 | December 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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