- Posted December 10, 2011 by
GOP selling out America for Grover Norquist
I'll ask again. What does Grover have on the Republican party? Must be something really bad.
Grover Norquist is "Destroyer of the Year"
By Stephen L. Goldstein
December 9, 2011
This week, Kingsley Guy and I are making our recommendations for Person of the Year. We haven't shared our choices with each other.
I nominate Grover Norquist ? for creating the biggest political boomerang in U.S. history: destroying the Republican Party with a strategy he and others believed was leading it to delicious victory.
The most powerful man in America, Norquist is the real kingpin of the GOP. Everyone else is his gofer.
He has promoted the straitjacketing kill-government/anti-tax agenda that has redefined the Republican Party in recent decades. Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform and enforcer of the I'll-never-raise-taxes pledge, Norquist has effectively coaxed and threatened candidates and elected officials to swear an oath of allegiance to him ? over the Constitution.
He is so feared that, in the current Congress, 238 of 242 Republican House members and 41 out of 47 Senators are in his pocket, along with 13 governors and 1,249 state legislators. I suspect that he's got incriminating files on everyone ? like those kept by J. Edgar Hoover ? to make sure they live up to their word.
When Norquist says, "Jump," House Speaker John Boehner says, "How high." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who wants Boehner's job, is Grover's lapdog. Politicians who try to weasel out of their pledge face an immediate, public dressing-down, the threat of receiving a primary opponent ? and who knows what else.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, suck-upishly says, "It's because of soldiers like Grover that the conservative movement is so vibrant today and that the liberals who thought they had taken over . . . are on the run."
Not so fast Mitch: A routing is a far cry from victory. Grover may be a soldier, but he ain't no general. He has frustrated President Obama's and the Democrats' agenda. But the master plotter and brilliant tactician does not appear to have calculated his end game.
The more battles he and the GOP have won, the closer they've come to losing the war. His uncompromising positions have painted Republicans into an ideological corner. They can no longer defend them without losing most voters. And yet, if they compromise in any way, he ? and they? are toast with their troops.
In boom years, their calls for cutting taxes and spending and shrinking government resonate with the vast swathe of voters. When everyone feels prosperous and comfortable, few care that "the rich are getting richer."
But in our current recession, when millions of Americans are suffering, even desperate, holding firm on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the poor and the middle class is political suicide. And most voters know whom to blame. Norquist's pledge has come back to haunt him ? and the GOP.
Because of my Person of the Year, Grover Norquist, the king of boomerangs, Obama will likely get a second term and Democrats may even gain effective control of Congress ? if they play their cards right. To show my deep appreciation, I pledge to make him my Person of the Year not only this year, but again next year. But don't hold me to it.