I think Jennifer Rubin missed the context on this Steve King remark:
Yesterday, he was shooting his mouth off again, claiming proponents of reform aren’t “true conservatives.” And — get this — he said, “I would take Obamacare” over the Gang of Eight plan. This is, quite simply, nuts from a conservative perspective and entirely at odds with the wishes of conservative voters. ...
As for Obamacare, there is no objective among elected Republicans and GOP voters more dearly held than repealing Obamacare. But that enormous expansion of government, its intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, its expansion of the corruption-ridden and inefficient Medicaid and all those taxes are fine with King, so long as he keeps Hispanics here from becoming citizens. That is many things, but it does not reflect conservative values.
Here's the fuller context of the quote:
"You all know how badly I despise Obamacare," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday. But as bad as Obamacare is, King said he'd rather live with that law than with the "bipartisan" immigration bill introduced in the Senate by the so-called Gang of Eight.
"I've spent years of my life fighting against Obamacare. I've stood here many, many times and done that," King said. I despite that bill because it's an unconstitutional taking of our bodies, our health, our skin and everything inside it. It's terrible and it diminishes the destiny of America.
"But if I have to choose between accepting -- if it came down to this, if it was -- somehow there was an offer that said you're going to get one or the other and you have to choose one, I would take Obamacare and try to live with that before I'd ever accept this amnesty plan because the amnesty plan is far, far worse than Obamacare."
I won't hold my breath for Rubin to correct her post, but she should. This is bad.