Rubio's 'folly' - the Obamacare edition
Remember that National Review cover with the headline "Rubio's folly"? It dealt with immigration. Now Peter Wehner of Commentary Magazine writes about Rubio's hard-line on health care, saying he's joined the "suicide caucus."
Also Mitt Romney came out against the threat of a government shutdown (which is just a threat; Rubio, Cruz, Lee don't have the votes. Even without the Obamacare issue, Rubio likely would vote against the short-term budget, as is his practice.)
From the Commentary article:
I’ve praised Senator Marco Rubio on many occasions. He is, in fact, one of the lawmakers I most like and admire. By all accounts he’s a person of some depth. All of which makes his arguments about shutting down the federal government unless the president agrees to defund the Affordable Care Act rather puzzling.
In an interview earlier this week, Senator Rubio made several arguments, including this one: "Look, I’m not attacking anyone directly. All I’m saying is that you cannot say you are against Obamacare if you are willing to vote for a law that funds it. If you’re willing to fund this thing, you can’t possibly say you’re against it."
So is that the new Rubio Standard? Are we to believe he supported every item funded in every budget bill he voted for while serving in the Florida legislature? Or that in the future he’ll support every program of every budget he votes for in the United States Senate?
Here’s a thought experiment: Assume that Rubio had a chance to vote for legislation that cuts the size of the federal budget by a quarter, that it does so by eliminating scores of liberal programs, but that it also maintains some federal dollars for planned Planned Parenthood. Does that mean Rubio, if he voted for the budget, would be “pro-choice”? Of course not. But that is precisely where his logic would place him. Of course Rubio’s real (and quite reasonable) position is, like all legislators, that no perfect budget exists and to vote in favor of a budget doesn’t mean you support every line item in it.
Full column here.