How humiliating for him. Finally, poopy head Grover Norquist is experiencing shrinkage and his supporters are dropping like flies. In fact, his coveted majority in Congress has dwindled to something so shrunken, it could fit into a thimble.
Fewer incoming members of the House and Senate have signed the pledge against tax increases run by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, in a reflection not only of the seats that Democrats gained but of the success they’ve enjoyed in vilifying Norquist.
About a dozen newly elected House Republicans refused to sign the anti-tax pledge during their campaigns, and another handful of returning Republicans have disavowed their allegiance to the written commitment.
With Democrats picking up seven or eight seats, that means the pledge guides fewer than the 218 members needed for a majority. In the Senate, where Republicans lost two seats, just 39 members of the chamber are pledge-signers, according to the group’s records. That is a drop from 238 members of the House and 41 senators who committed to the pledge at the start of the 112th Congress.
Of course, this could affect the so-called “fiscal cliff”– which is, in reality, more like a “fiscal curb”– negotiations, since allowing the Bush/Obama tax cuts to expire violates Grovie’s Big Pledge.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has compared Norquist to a “puppeteer” and dubbed the House majority “the Grover Norquist Congress.”
Not for long, Harry.
Now some Congress members are saying that the pledge “tied their hands.” Wow, aren’t they quick, especially considering that Norquist is not pledge-worthy since he is not an elected official, the American flag, nor the U.S. Constitution. He’s just some conservative extremist schlub with a lot of nerve and a big mouth.
Maybe those Republicans who still feel some compulsion to be loyal to him should take a good look at the election results and start listening to the message voters sent about the need to raise taxes on wealthy Americans. They agreed with the president, not some has-been bearded pipsqueak.
A House Democratic leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, was more hopeful. “As far as [Norquist’s] ability to sway votes, it’s gone,” the aide said. “So I don’t think he’s a concern.”
He never should have been “a concern” in the first place.