In previous posts, it was reported that “Grover Norquist’s majority in Congress is all but gone.” Yes, there is hope that poopy head Grover is experiencing shrinkage and his supporters are dropping like flies as fewer Congress members have signed his pledge against any tax increases whatsoever. 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.”
The L.A. Times’ Doyle McManus wrote that Grovie is now “losing his grip,” and that “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest.”
However, we can’t count him out quite yet, unfortunately. As BuzzFeed notes, too many Republicans still agree with him, even those who have spoken out, like Lindsey Graham: “I will not raise tax rates… but Grover is wrong… I will violate the pledge.” That lovely “I will violate” moment still included the dreaded, “I will not raise tax rates.”
BuzzFeed goes on to say that those who break the pledge will still face the threat of primary challengers in future elections. And there’s this from The Economist:
The vast bulk of Republicans in the incoming Congress will still be signatories of the pledge. But dissent is growing […]
By any standard other than the absurdly high one he has set himself, though, Mr. Norquist continues to dominate Washington’s tax debate. Almost all revenue-raising proposals hinge on eliminating deductions, rather than raising marginal rates. If Mr Obama does succeed in raising the income-tax rate for the richest, it will have taken him two elections and all manner of fiscal face-offs and crises to get his way–and success is still far from assured. Even scrapping an economically nonsensical subsidy for ethanol, it seems, is still a highly controversial move. Grover is not over yet.
There will be all kinds of ways Republicans can wiggle out of their wiggling out on Norquist. And let’s keep in mind, when they claim they may bend on “revenue,” they also mean that, in exchange, want cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. That’s their notion of a “compromise.”
And Grovie predicts that President Obama will “blink.” We’ll see.