Grover Norquist the has-been: "An increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest."


As I posted in “Grover Norquist’s majority in Congress is all but gone," finally, poopy head Grover Norquist is experiencing shrinkage and his supporters are dropping like flies; his coveted majority in Congress has dwindled, fewer Congress members have signed his pledge against any tax increases whatsoever, and a House Democratic leadership aide said, “As far as [Norquist’s] ability to sway votes, it’s gone. So I don’t think he’s a concern.”

Per the L.A. Times, Election Day exit polls appeared to show a majority of voters on supported Obama's position on taxes. But naturally, Norquist is in denial, responding with a big, "Wrong."

Hey Grovie? Wrong.

His entire raison d'être and path to the inane power that he's had came from his threats to expose to their constituents any Congress member who supported any kind of tax increase, and the voters would then cast their ballots for someone else.

But as the L.A. Times' Doyle McManus put it, Grover Norquist is now "losing his grip."

McManus takes it from there in his op-ed:

Before this month's election, Norquist counted 238 members of the House of Representatives as signers of his pledge, a majority of the total of 435. But no more than 212 members of next year's House consider themselves bound by the pledge — fewer than a majority. [...]

Even more striking, an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has referred to him as "some random person." Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says Norquist's power has been "broken." And in the unkindest cut for any Washington idea-monger, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) dismissed Norquist as inconsequential. "It doesn't matter what he says," Coburn told MSNBC in July.

Again, Grover poo-pooed all of that, saying that none of those lawmakers "are considered thought leaders on economic issues." That must have gone over well.

That's not a good sign. Describing senators from your own party as dim bulbs isn't normally how lobbyists win friends and influence people. [...]

Republicans are talking freely about other measures to increase revenue, including proposals to limit tax deductions and exclusions.

But Norquist's pledge explicitly rules out "any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." So anything that increases federal revenue is a no-no.

Stubborn sonofagun, isn't he?

Say good-night, Grovie. "Good-night, Grovie."