National Review on 'Rubio's Folly'
May 2nd, 2013
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National Review on 'Rubio's Folly'

(CNN) - The latest example of conservative backlash against Sen. Marco Rubio for his role as one of the Senate leaders pushing for comprehensive immigration reform came Thursday on the cover of the right-leaning publication "National Review."

The cover shows Rubio laughing at a press conference announcing the immigration bill last month, with the words "Rubio's Folly" underneath. Fellow Republican Sen. John McCain appears on the cover as well, along with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

When the cover was posted online, commentators noted the publication had edited out the people standing behind the three senators at the press conference, including conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.

National Review isn't the first magazine to use Rubio on its cover with a provocative headline. TIME labeled the junior senator from Florida the "Republican savior" on its cover in February.

Rubio, along with seven other senators, unveiled immigration reform legislation last month that includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants. It also mandates tighter border security and better enforcement of current immigration laws.

Some conservatives, including popular radio talk show hosts, have said the pathway amounts to amnesty, and have lambasted Rubio for his role in the bill.

Rubio himself acknowledged on Monday that the so-called Gang of Eight's immigration bill, in it's current form, is unlikely to gain enough support in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

"The bill that's in place right now probably can't pass the House," Rubio said on Mike Gallagher's conservative radio show. "It will have to be adjusted, because people are very suspicious about the willingness of the government to enforce the laws now."

The bill, which Rubio labeled a "starting point," will soon face committee markups. The senator said he's heard "some valid points" from those who object to the bill and welcomed any amendments or changes that will make the legislation more appealing in the House.

"Let's try to fix it," Rubio said. "Let's try to change it, but to just say, 'let's defeat the whole thing,' I don't think that's a productive approach either."

Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 with strong support from tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives. The Florida Republican is thought to be mulling a possible bid for the 2016 GOP nomination, and pundits question whether his push for immigration reform will hurt or help any potential White House run.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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  1. Malory Archer

    Tea Party Thomas

    Sen. Marco Rubio has lost support among the true conservatives. A true conservative wants these illegals deported with only the clothes on there backs.

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    A "true conservative" wants to steal what little posessions they have before kicking them out of the country? Really? This "true liberal" would like to see the owners of the businesses that hire illegals lose their businesses, be heavily fined and jailed for a very long time, and have ALL their assets and posessions with the exception of the clothes on their backs (and those of immediate familymembers) seized, and lose their right to vote or be in posession of a firearm revoked for life. Do that to ONE business owner who hires illegals and watch how quickly the mass exodus happens.

    May 2, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Brian from CO

    If the Republicans end up coming acoss as the ones who killed this bill then Latino voters will continue to support the Democrats. If the Republicans support and help pass this bill they are potentially signing up even more Democrats to the voting rolls in the future. The "sweep the south stratagy" that Republicans have relied on in the past could end up putting them in the political minority for the foreseeable future.

    May 2, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    At this point, we can reduce it all down to the GOP/Teatrolls arguing amongst themselves over whether they'd rather the party be hanged from a tree or a ceiling fan.

    May 2, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Jim Hahn

    The Republicans never cease to amaze me with their circular firing squads. They eat each other alive, when they're not shooting themselves in the foot. They just need to aim higher this time and I think they are succeeding. Their pandering to the tea baggers alienates the moderates and independents so while they may win a local election or succeed in a primary, they are going to lose at the national level. This is a concept they can't seem to understand.

    May 2, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. dragonfire77

    National review...why does anyone care what that rag says?

    May 2, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. The Right Left

    Marco Rubio needs to understand this party he belongs to. This is party of left over racists, bigots and intolerants in this country. Even when they tolerate and accept people like him, they only want them to behave like a hood ornament on a car. Try to steer the party in any direction and you will be tossed out and a new hood ornament will be placed in the name of Senator Tim Scott.

    There is a good reason why they lost the last election and will continue to lose more in the years to come. The GOP has decided to commit suicide with these Tea drinking partiers. Why win when you can Tea Party everyone. in the GOP.

    May 2, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Republicans conservatives have lost all power except to obstruction progress on all issues and will lose the house in 2014.

    May 2, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. rs

    dragonfire77

    National review...why does anyone care what that rag says?
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    Fair question. Back in the day when Bill Buckley (a real conservative- not one of these TP goofs) spoke from its pages, it made sense.It put forward a logical, clear Conservative message for the time with crisp writing and intelligence. Not sure what it says today.

    May 2, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Don

    "Let's try to fix it," Rubio said. "Let's try to change it, but to just say, 'let's defeat the whole thing,' I don't think that's a productive approach either."

    Practice what you Preach! Shouldn't Rubio and the rest of the Republican Party already be doing this with the President now instead of saying NO all the time.

    May 2, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "The Republicans never cease to amaze me with their circular firing squads. They eat each other alive, when they're not shooting themselves in the foot. "

    To be fair, there's a whole faction of progressive pantwetters who go completely bonkers and flip their noodles whenever Obama does something moderate or right of center that they don't like. They wanted ponies and don't give a crap that some of it was unrealistic or impractical and completely unlikely to be achieved. These are the people who think single-payer was a real possibility or that all Obama has to do to close Gitmo is wave a magic wand and fart fairy dust toward Cuba from the FL Keys. Right now, they're throwing tantrums about Obama appealing the judge's decision with respect to the Plan B pill and no amount of trying to explain to them that the appeal is about separation of powers and judicial overreach into administrative/executive authority and decision-making, not the underlying reproductive rights, will calm them down.

    May 2, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "National review...why does anyone care what that rag says?"

    I like to know that my toilet paper is articulate and informed.

    May 2, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. John from Brooklyn

    I love it. The neocons, the Christian Right, nd the Tea Baggers are going to rip apart Republican who even faintly whiffs of "moderate". So much for the Republicans' hope to re-message for 2016.

    May 2, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    At this point, we can reduce it all down to the GOP/Teatrolls arguing amongst themselves over whether they'd rather the party be hanged from a tree or a ceiling fan
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    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!choke!gasp!breathe!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
    Oh thanks Sniffit, I needed that!

    May 2, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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