The Conservatives Who Can't Stand Rubio

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Gage Skidmore
Watching the right flank.
When Marco Rubio talks foreign policy, it's hard not to get a little misty. The guy so obviously believes what he says and what he says are such good, noble, red-blooded and freedom-loving things that they could have been lifted from a fireside chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Which is a problem, of course. When Marco Rubio decided this week to pressure the White House to, as the Herald put it, "step it up" with regard to its support of Libyan rebels, one could hear the distant, doomed howls of an old generation of conservatives wondering where their comrades had gone. These were the realpolitik folks, the sober folks, the folks whose clearest voice in American politics died with William F. Buckley.

If you listened carefully, you could trace the most articulate and full-throated howls back to the paleoconservatives at The American Conservative, who've been disenfranchised forever, and to the columns of Daniel Larison in particular.

Reading Larison's blog, Eunomia, is a weird experience for devoted Rubio followers. In current pop conservatism, Rubio's a golden boy; the love he inspires among the vocal right is similar to (if a little less intense than) that inspired by Obama among the vocal left in 2005 or '06. At Eunomia, Rubio's name is mud. Larison quotes an interview with radio host Jennifer Rubin in which Rubio claimed "the world has to be so disappointed" that the Obama White House "has not been more forceful in speaking out on behalf of freedom and democracy" throughout the Middle East and in Syria and Bahrain in particular. Larison writes:

So Marco Rubio wants Obama to pay lip service to "freedom and democracy" throughout the region... [His] is a support for stronger American rhetoric in lieu of action... It is intended to distinguish Rubio and the others [for] speaking out forcefully, and it costs Rubio nothing.

Later, Larison goes after Rubio's dismissal of the fear that the fall of Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, could lead to "something worse" than Assad's Ba'athist regime:

It's actually a very well-grounded fear, and the governments closest to Syria are the ones that share it. Again, this is easy for Rubio to say. If Assad falls, and something worse follows, virtually no one will remember that Rubio shrugged at that possibility and dismissed it as nonsensical. All that most people will remember is that he was in favor of "speaking out" against Assad. It won't matter that Rubio will have been shown to be blithely indifferent to unleashing regional instability and chaos. It isn't going to bother his fans that he was oblivious to the possible fault-lines in a country whose political future he so confidently wants to influence.

There are a ton of stories like this one over at American Conservative, with titles like "Rubio: Let's Make Syria Into Somalia" and "Rubio's Comically Outdated Foreign Policy," and "Rubio's Knee-Jerk Interventionist Isolationism on Syria," which accuses the senator of "reckless moral posturing." Granted, the paleocons have been saying this stuff forever, but it's hard not to believe that for maybe the first time, they're speaking for a pretty large slab of the American electorate. Are we really to believe that Joe the Plumber -- or, more to the point, Joe's parents -- are losing sleep over the lack of a more forceful American engagement with the Arab Spring?

Conservatism, in the traditional American sense of the word, is slow, cautious, skeptical of idealism and bombast, and for decades it survived as a movement because those qualities are natural and human. They are also qualities possessed in lesser quantities by Tea Party superstars such as Marco Rubio than by the POTUS they loathe. Reading Larison on Rubio makes me wonder if we've arrived at a genuinely weird moment in American political history in which ordinary conservatives -- that fabled great, silent majority -- have more in common with both a Democratic president and with paleocons than they do with their movement's own rock stars. If so, people are bound to notice eventually.

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Omar Diaz
Omar Diaz

You Lib's FEAR RUBIO! And everybody knows it! Marco would beat Obama in 2012 with his eye's closed! RUBIO 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy
Christy

 If you Google "lawyer arrested"  you get 35,400,000 stories.  parkland man can make a career out of reprinting stories.  Must be a venue for him somewhere to vent. Any other suggestions for PM?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

If you google "moron from parkland", you get linked right over to Cafe Belasara.

Jim Rockford
Jim Rockford

It would be a 100x more accurate search if you googled "freedom marine deerfield beach"

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

So, the moron from Parkland is a boat dealer.  Gotcha! 

parkland man
parkland man

google gay bar and you will see a picture of Virgil starkwell smoking cock.i bet you like norman Kent hes a gay lawyer,now i no why you get upset when i talk about lawyers going to jail for stealing.i wish i better news like they died  

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Parkland Man ,

Your literary talents are wasted and unappreciated on this blog. I suggest you post your fascinating views on the members of the legal profession on Buddy Nevin's blog where I am sure your comments will be welcomed.

http://www.browardbeat.com/sat...

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey I hate to say it but this blog might be washed up without bob,and if you like lawyers so much then you use the other Bolg you call it a legal profession are you kidding me it's a scam,go check out a few trails with these fn lowlifes,parkland man will never stop on these shitbirds,I enjoy mf them more then fishing.

Parkland Man's Therapist
Parkland Man's Therapist

Seriously dude, get some professional help. In the meantime, I humbly suggest that the rest of us refrain from responding to PM until he learns a new tune.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Wow, you like M/F'ing lawyers more than fishing? How about more than wild hog hunting in the sawgrass?

parkland man
parkland man

Why Lawyers Suck

There is lots of animosity in this country toward lawyers. Need proof? Q. What do have when a lawyer is buried up to his neck in sand?A. Not enough sand.Q. If you see a lawyer on a bicycle, why wouldn't you swerve to hit him?A. It might be your bicycle. Q. What's brown and black and looks good on a lawyer?A. A doberman. It's not that I hate people who are lawyers. I have many lawyer friends, most of whom are genuinely kind people--kind, at least, in the situations where I usually find them. They can be giving, caring, compassionate, sincere, and trustworthy people.But for some reason, however, you can take a person with all those great qualities, put them through four years of legal training, stick a suit on them, throw them in front of a judge, and they turn into the spawn of Satan. What is wrong with these people?There can, in fact, be lawyers who are not perpetually evil. They are the exception. I'm talking about the other 97% (yes, 3% is being very generous).Here are my reasons for despising this profession (yes, they all bear on politics): #1 They make the rules that necessitate their own existence. Have you ever tried to read a legal document? Enough said. You know why they have to write it that way? Two reasons: 1) It ensures that you need to hire another one of them to understand it; 2) If they didn't write it that way one of their bretheren would come in, say it was too vague or too specific or too clear or not clear enough and would sue the pants off someone.#2 They are responsible for the Death of Responsibility Lawyers, over the last twenty years (maybe more) have found clients in those people who want to sue. Sue sue sue. That's the motto. Since this gets the lawyer paid, they become blamemongers. Nothing is your fault. Got fired? Boss must have been in the wrong. Let's sue. Spill coffee on yourself? Oh, you're the victim. Let's sue. Oh, you're fat? Sue Jack in the Box. Just google "frivilous lawsuits" and you can read for hours. Even though most of those lawsuits are summarily dimissed, some lawyer filed the papers, stood before the judge, and with a straight face told him/her that whatever harm came of the client's stupidity was really someone else's fault. It's never your fault. Blame someone else. Sue.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

We understand fully that you despise attorneys, and that is perfectly fine. However, as Patti Lynn articulated, your obsession over this topic is often irrelevant to the article that has been published.

You truly have morphed into an enormous elephant penis.

I would ask that you offer something intelligent and relevant regarding foreign policy, but I already know that you have nothing like that to offer.

parkland man
parkland man

 Virgil,i always new you were gay you seem to like talking about penises how many do you smoke a day,what year did you come out of the closet,or you still hiding it,the only thing i like about foreign is objects,and hit a fn lawyer in the face with them. 

Christy
Christy

is this what you had in mind, Virgil?

(had to delete, it was to graphic) : )

parkland man
parkland man

Once a dapper Beverly Hills attorney known for his bow tie, Richard Fine has been held in solitary confinement at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail for 14 months, even though he's never been charged with a crime.Fine, a 70-year- old taxpayer's advocate who once worked for the Department of Justice, is being held for contempt of court.Superior Court Judge David Yaffe found Fine in contempt after he refused to turn over financial documents and answer questions when ordered to pay an opposing party's attorney's fees, according to court documents.

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

Ok, you are just plain fucked up dude. You need therapy in a big fuckin way.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Parkland Man,

WHATEVER is going on with you and attorneys...why don't you start your own blog and let the rest of us discourse on the topics at hand? Or, post on the JAAblog...that's ALL about lawyers. Or, just say, "15 lawyers were arrested today" and give people the link, with a CHOICE of whether or not to read the story. PLEASE??????

parkland man
parkland man

Patti,if i can find a post that said a lawyer helped a little old lady cross the street i would show you,but for some reason they like to steal,cheat,lie,and rape children,there bad people and there going to jail for it,and its not that i have a problem with lawyers the whole world does,,they are a pac of lowlfes and scum,so im just sharing it with people to be nice.

parkland man
parkland man

Muzaffarnagar: A lawyer has been arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl at his house, police said.

Rajive Sharma raped the girl yesterday at his house, they said, adding he was later arrested.

Victim's mother has lodged an FIR with the police following which the girl was sent for medical examination which confirmed rape, SSP Parveen Kumar said.

parkland man
parkland man

CHICAGO — A disbarred Chicago lawyer faces the possibility of a lengthy prison term after a jury convicted her this week in a mortgage fraud case.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago says jurors convicted Lorie Westerfield on three counts of wire fraud and acquitted her of an additional fraud count after a weeklong trial. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Westerfield remains free on bond as she awaits sentencing on Aug. 4.

Prosecutors accused the 46-year-old of acting as a seller's attorney and title company representative in fraudulent transactions. She was among 67 Chicago-area defendants charged in a dozen mortgage fraud cases in 2008 as part of a nationwide crackdown, dubbed Operation Malicious Mortgage.

parkland man
parkland man

The attorney who was tried and convicted of squeezing money out of men his wife slept with was arrested by Bexar county Sheriff's deputies again Monday night.That's when 53-year-old Ted Roberts' appeal was denied.Roberts was convicted of second degree felony Theft $100,000 to $200,000 after his March 2007 jury trial.He was sentenced to five years in prison.His wife, Mary Roberts, also an attorney, was given probation for her role. She was found guilty on five separate counts of felony theft. She is currently appealing that verdict.Due to the convictions, neither Ted Roberts or Mary Roberts are lawyers today.

parkland man
parkland man

A wealthy Chester County lawyer was convicted by a federal court jury Friday of going to Russia to engage in a sexual relationship with an underage boy.Kenneth Schneider, 46, of Berwyn, offered in 1998 to assist Roman Zavarov, then 12, whose parents could no longer afford to pay his board at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Schneider then persuaded the boy's parents to allow their child to move into an apartment with him.Prosecutors said Schneider began a sexual relationship with Zavarov and brought him to Philadelphia for a summer program in 2001, then returned to Moscow to continue the sexual relationship.

RedBroward
RedBroward

Daniel Larison writes Eunomia

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

 RedBroward:

Yo! Thanks for catching that. I am duly chagrined. Keep catching em, I'll keep fixing em.

Danke!- BKT

Sad Former Journalist
Sad Former Journalist

 This is a basic fact error that would earn ANY sophomore journalism student a failing grade. It's beyond pathetic. 

parkland man
parkland man

Rubio,is a fn lawyer,a no good lawyer f him.,

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

Are you married? Do you have a girlfriend? Answer_______ Want to know why?

parkland man
parkland man

whats going on man do you like stealing or little boys

Bubba
Bubba

Wow, what a surprising comment from parkland man. I am stunned.

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