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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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Guest

    Rubi-no – take your shamnesty and go back to florida!

    May 2, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. rs

    The GOP is simply to addicted to reactionary politics. Lacking any real underlying policy anymore (except fight the President and the will of the majority of Americans), they are quite literally cutting their own throats by not only ignoring sane legislation, but by pushing their party ever further to the fringes with ever crazier laws and ideas.
    They deny and delude themselves in their little echo chamber, say the polls lie, and carry on, then wonder why they lose elections. No self examination, no assessment. Look at their "star" candidates. Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, Paul, Santorum- and never mind the Presidential clown car guys (Cain, Gingrich et al).
    The GOP is toast. They are on the road to nowhere and they have the hammer down with the few adults they have left locked in the trunk.
    The end won't be pretty.

    May 2, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Do conservative leaders want to lead, or be led? That is what needs to be asked.

    May 2, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If Rubio can't get immigration passed through the entire Congress, I think he can kiss his 2016 hopes goodbye. On another topic, I find it outrageous how the MSM has not called out the RNC for their latest attack ad against the President behind the failure of the gun bills failing in Congress. They even use footage of the President consoling a parent of one the victims as if this a laughing matter. Can someone please call out Rence Priebus for this.

    May 2, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. PaulCat

    But Rubio, hasn't it been the republicans productive approach since Obama took office?

    GOP love to say: Let's defeat the whole thing.

    You need to get a taste of your own medicine.

    May 2, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    I wonder how Rubio sleeps at night.

    May 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. 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. Immigration should be those that followed the rules.

    Conservative values for a Conservative America

    Rand Paul 2016

    May 2, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. ST

    Rubio is building a castle in the air. The path he has taken to build up his name doesn't show any sign of being fruitful.
    The start was bad (remember sipping of water). Whatever he is touching now seems to be slippery. Will his ambitions ever be achieved? I doubt it!

    May 2, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Rubio is quite the clown isn't he? Just pretending – he speaks for Hispanics is hysterical.

    May 2, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Bill

    @Tea Party Thomas

    Your Aqua Buddha does not stand a chance in 2016. But I really hope he runs. It plays right into the democrats' hands.

    May 2, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that he can get what he is proposing through the House. If it does get to the floor for a vote, I don't think it will take long to fail. If it passes, then it will be a close vote.

    May 2, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Do conservatives still read National Review? My understanding was geek-cons had absconded to Weekly Standard while the Great Unwashed-cons content themselves with Fox.

    In any case, I'd think that a "true conservative" would be against tyrannical rules and regulations by government. Aren't immigration rules and regulations promulgated by our tyrannical Federal government?

    May 2, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. chilly g

    rudio would have trouble geting reelect in florida, this guy will not be the repub candiate for 2016 because they
    want some who is not a monities like cuban rudio. they will nomonate someone like rand paul.

    May 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -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. Immigration should be those that followed the rules.

    Conservative values for a Conservative America

    Rand Paul 2016
    ****************
    And what should those rules be? Randroid is not a conservative, he's a Liberatarian using the GOP in exactly the same way his father did. Face it, Paul would not get elected to school board had it not been for his father.

    May 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. bombastus

    There is precedence in our history for political parties disappearing and new ones taking their place. The irreversible march down the road to oblivion for the GOP started with Nixon. His "moral majority" was basically the racist South who voted Democrat until LBJ got JFKs civil rights package passed. Since then the South has been Republican and the GOP has been playing to their racist fears ever since. The message then expanded to the hard working midwesterners who got convinced that those Northeast latte drinking Prius driving liberals are not on their side but big business is. Well, the demographics of the US has changed and there are fewer and fewer people listening to the old white boy message. TheGOP is too far gone to change the message. Hopefully the GOP will just disappear and a new moderate/conservative party spins out of the Democratic party to keep those those remaining liberal scoundrels in check.

    May 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Guest

    Rubi-no – take your shamnesty and go back to florida!
    **************
    Hey, I hear he's a anchor baby....should we call the INS on him? Can we deport Ted Cruz back to Canada too, and send Piush Jindall back to India? The IQ of the Tea Party would jump about 20 points without these 3 mouthpieces.

    May 2, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    But Rubio – aren't you the "Savior" for the GOP? They pulled him in just to be the brown face for the GOP and now they are throwing him away just like trash. No 2016 for you, Rubio – might as well come out of the closet now.

    May 2, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. RWB1956

    @ Tea Party Thomas :Not everybody wants to walk around with a stick up their butt and a gun in their pants afraid of their own shadow and everyone else's.

    May 2, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "They deny and delude themselves in their little echo chamber, say the polls lie, and carry on, then wonder why they lose elections. "

    Indeed...except they don't wonder why they lose elections...they have 100 different excuses for that too, including myths about pervasive voter fraud that really just amount to them being upset that there's more brown people around than when they were growing up...brown people they don't think should be allowed to vote.

    May 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "A true conservative wants these illegals deported with only the clothes on there backs. Immigration should be those that followed the rules."

    Yes, "true conservatives" are certainly prone to supporting unrealistic, impractical, exorbitantly costly and ultimately bigoted policies that have no chance of ever working unless we turned the entire country into a police state.

    May 2, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Homer Simpson

    Gop cannables

    May 2, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @rs: Excellent post, although I would add that we need to take NOTHING for granted and get out and VOTE in 2014.

    The GOP is doing everything they can to suppress voter turn out and try to steal the election. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN!

    We need to be rid of these obstructionist yahoos! Do your part and VOTE THEM OUT!

    May 2, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    -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. Immigration should be those that followed the rules.

    Conservative values for a Conservative America

    Rand Paul 2016

    ******************************

    Why aren't you folks up in arms about all the Americans who created a job market for illegals BY HIRING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    *crickets*

    May 2, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Great to see the intra-party warfare in the GOP. This can only weaken the Republican Party by delaying rebranding efforts for many years to come. A GOP makeover was already a tough hill to climb. It has now become an almost impossible task.

    May 2, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Tea Party Thomas: How can you support Rand Paul, knowing he's a liar? He faked his medical board credentials – you trust him?

    Fool!

    May 2, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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