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.
"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.
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...
There was a story that was widely reported about Chris Christie turning down a request from Team Romney to appear at a rally with him. Today Christie is shooting that down with both barrels. He said that had it not been for SuperStorm Sandy he would have been campaigning for Romney and that he did, indeed, vote for him this morning.
He further corrected the record by saying that there was never any invitation to appear in Pennsylvania in the first place. Christie went on to say that he spoke to Romney directly to let him know he'd be preoccupied with his post-storm responsibilities, which of course would prevent him from campaigning anywhere.
And then he said this (via Roll Call):
“All this other noise, I think, are coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who — you know — don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them,” Christie said. [...]
“I think that Gov. Romney’s going to win tonight, so these disgruntled Romney staffers will be looking for White House offices, but the fact is, right now, they’re not so sure about that so they’re looking for people to shoot at,” Christie said.
I wouldn't be so sure either. Look who his competition is.