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VIDEO- Alan Simpson on "Grover-Babe" Norquist: "He will be irrelevant. This guy is a zealot. He knows the game is up."

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Andrea Mitchell interviewed former Senator Alan Simpson today, who had a thing or two to say about a thing or two about Tax Cut Dictator Grover Norquist's increasing irrelevance, or as I like to call it, shrinkage.

Mitchell:

Do you have any impure thoughts about Grover Norquist?

Alan Simpson:

Plenty. But you know, here's a good guy with a very bad idea and he was gathering up those signatures back in the '80s and the early '90s when inflation was zip, when unemployment was zip, and anybody who would sign anything before they come to Congress and hear the debate and participate in it hopefully and get in to the floor, management and the amending process and the conference committee, those people I mean why would you do that? It's like selling your soul!

Now Grover, I said, would be irrelevant in two years, and I say that-- he's got about another year and a half to go-- he will be irrelevant. This guy is a zealot. A zealot is one who, having forgotten his purpose, redoubles his efforts, and he sees the crumbling of the great house of cards.

It's like Jarvis out in California back in the late '70s. He's left schools destitute, he's left institutions destitute. You can't come in and play this kind of a game when everything has changed in America, and this time everything has changed because it's all coming to pass on December 31st, and Grover-babe is losing a person a day and he knows it. So what does he use to cover that? Cutesies. Little smart Alecs. I know that. I don't know who else does that. I have done that.

He is becoming irrelevant. And you can see it in his eyes. He knows the game is up. Because good people of good faith have decided that instead of being Republicans, or Democrats, they're Americans. And instead of being beholden to Grover Norquist and the AARP, they're beholden to the United States of America. Those guys are going to take their lumps.

Here's the entire segment:

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Grover not quite over

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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.

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VIDEO- Lindsey Graham: "I will not raise tax rates... but Grover is wrong... I will violate the pledge." Former Bushie: "Increase taxes on wealthy."

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We don't always agree with Mediaite, but they do give good video:

Lindsey Graham on ABC’s This Week:

“I’m willing to generate revenue. It’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. We’re below historic averages. I will not raise tax rates to do it. I will cap deductions. ... But to do this, I just don’t want to promise the spending cuts. I want entitlement reforms... What I’m looking for is more revenue for entitlement reform before the end of the year.”

"Republicans should put revenue on the table. We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue. Raising tax rates will hurt job creation.”

“So I agree with Grover, we shouldn’t raise rates, but I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can’t cap deductions and buy down debt. What do you do with the money? I want to buy down debt and cut rates to create jobs, but I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”

Think Progress counters with some, you know, facts:

Graham’s insistence on entitlement reforms ignores that Democrats have already made significant changes to Medicare (as part of the Affordable Care Act) and have proposed reforms to Social Security, even though the program is not in need of an immediate fix. And his claims that raising tax rates will kill jobs is tenuous, if oft-used. Reports from the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office, both non-partisan agencies, have shown that allowing the expiration of the high-income Bush tax cuts would have little impact on economic growth.

As for Grovie, “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, and GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushed off Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

So the good news is that Grover's fading fast. The bad news? The tone deaf GOP is still hoping to pull revenue miracles out of their elephantine hineys without allowing the Bush tax cuts, which were designed to expire, to expire.

 

Matthew Dowd, a former Bush administration official, hasn't been shy about disagreeing with his own party. Here he goes again. And will someone please give Peggy Noonan sincerity lessons? Her condescension is positively gag-worthy.

Dowd:

"If there's some way you could substitute truth serum into the water in the Capitol... they all know... revenue has to be raised, and the only way to raise real revenue is to increase the tax rate on the wealthy. It's the only way. Cuts have to be done, including defense cuts... defense can be cut without hurting our security... And they also know Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing. The only good thing about Grover Norquist is that he's named after a character from Sesame Street. And that's I hope the last we can hear of it..."

One more thing: The word "entitlements" has been given such a negative connotation by the GOP that it's time we replace it with "earned benefits." That's what they are, earned. We may be entitled to them, but Republicans have turned that word on its head, as they've done with so many others.

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

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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...

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