GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushes off Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge


It's becoming clearer than ever that “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Grover Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, but he's still out there insisting that any member of Congress who dares to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire or even support “any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates” would face threats to their election prospects. So anything that increases federal revenue is verboten.

But when a Republican as prominent as Saxby Chambliss gives "poopy head" Grovie the talk-to-the-hand treatment, ears perk up:

(CNN) – "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ, a CNN affiliate, on Wednesday. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt and I just have a disagreement with him about that." [...]

"Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down," said Chambliss, who is up for re-election in 2014.

Chambliss assumes that Norquist will fight his re-election efforts, but says he cares "more about my country... than I do Grover Norquist" and is "willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."

If this is a trend, it's a good one, because it means Grover Norquist is finally...

  • majii

    When I saw Suxby Chambliss on WMAZ this past Wednesday, I changed the channel.  Suxby has a way of saying one thing and doing another.  He has done nothing except vote party line against PBO's and the dems policies these last four years.  He writes an occasional op-ed that shows up in the local paper.  Each of them is filled with lies based on RW talking points.  I'll believe Suxby has abandoned Norquist when he votes for a tax increase on the richest Americans.  Until then, I remain unconvinced based on his past  words/actions.  He should have never been elected to Congress in the first place.  The only reason he won was because he convinced the dodo heads here that Max Cleland, a disabled Vietnam war veteran, was an enemy to America and a supporter of terrorism.  Sen. Cleland's only "sin" according to Suxby was that he voted for the Chemical Weapons Treaty that eliminated a ban on citizens of terrorist nations being on U.N. inspection teams in Iraq.  I am so hoping that we have a democrat to oppose his re-election in 2016 because I plan to work for him/her.  We have Suxby and do nothing Johnny Isakson living off tax payer dollars and making no contribution in Congress that will help any American except those who are already well off.     

  • ...rats jumping a sinking ship.