6 Times Jennifer Rubin Had Her Finger on the Pulse of 'Ordinary' America

The Biden administration's 'favorite columnist' routinely transcends the Beltway bubble

June 29, 2021

THE POLITICO reports that the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin is a "favorite columnist of the White House" because of her uncanny ability to give voice to the "concerns [of] ordinary Americans."

Biden aides were particularly enamored by her most recent column, which spoke for all the ordinary Americans who obsessively watch the White House press briefings and are disappointed with the caliber of questions being asked.

Ordinary Americans are fortunate to have a champion like Rubin, who has consistently exerted herself as a unique voice in a profession that too often encourages banality, unleashing her extraordinary insights in "reported opinion" columns such as: "Republicans' big lie about the filibuster," "Republicans' blunder on voting rights," "Why so many Republicans talk about nonsense," and "Republicans might just be clueless."

In honor of Rubin's fearless punditry, and her insistence on thinking outside the Beltway bubble, the Washington Free Beacon presents six times Jennifer Rubin had her finger on the pulse of "ordinary" America.

1) The time she cried 15-20 times during the Democratic National Convention

Less than 10 percent of the population tuned in to the Democratic Party's virtual convention in 2020. Rubin did, obviously, and was reportedly brought to tears at least 15 times, just like the rest of us. That's a perfectly normal reaction to watching Bill Clinton and the dregs of the Kennedy dynasty (via livestream from Martha's Vineyard) explain why Democrats are the party of the future.

2) The time(s) she called for one-party rule

Rubin is nothing if not consistent. That's probably what ordinary Americans love most about her. Since August, for example, she has written the exact same column five times under slightly different headlines: "Do we even need the Republican Party?" "It's not just Trump. All Republicans must go." "Seven reasons to vote every Republican out of office," "Stop trying to save the GOP. It's hopeless." and "Pundits are wrong. We don't need a functional GOP."

Channeling the concerns of ordinary voters, Rubin reasons that giving Democrats a monopoly over federal power wouldn't be such a bad thing. After all, she argues, "New York City is overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats."

3) The time she whitesplained to Tim Scott

Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.) enraged libs with an inspiring personal tale of overcoming adversity and racism during his response to President Joe Biden's congressional address in April. Rubin thought she could do a better job and published a column earlier that day on "What Tim Scott should say in response to Biden's address to Congress."

She didn't think he would take her advice but argued that doing so would "make him the rare Republican whom all Americans could respect."

4) The time(s) she was a Nancy Pelosi fangirl

If there's anyone who can rival Rubin as a champion of ordinary Americans, it's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who spent the pandemic getting special treatment at her luxury hair salon and showing off her luxury ice cream collection, and is viewed favorably by about 38 percent of the country.

Rubin happens to be a fan. She has lauded Pelosi as "a force of nature" and a "woman who clearly delights in passing game-changing legislation." She is particularly fond of the speaker's talent for "slaying" Republicans. Yes, queen.

5) The time she complimented the appetites of Andrew Cuomo's daughters

"Watching Andrew Cuomo is inspiring, uplifting, fascinating. He weaves details and humor and math and common sense all together. He is magnificent," Rubin wrote of the scandal-plagued governor who would be out of a job if New York didn't have the sort of corrupt one-party rule she envisions for the country.

Rubin claims to despise social media, but that's hard to square with her incessant efforts to befriend her idols by replying to their tweets. Six minutes after Cuomo tweeted a photo of him having dinner with his family, Rubin remarked that "the girls seem to have eaten their spaghetti and meat balls!"

6) The time she endorsed cycling 

Ordinary Americans are notorious for their love of cycling, particularly the ones who live outside the large urban areas governed exclusively by Democrats. Watching President Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden (Ed.D.) ride bicycles on a trail, Rubin mused, was "one of a million ways" in which 2021 was already a better year than 2020. Maybe she should run for president.

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