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Who the fuck is Grover Norquist?

Grover Norquist confident GOP will hold out on tax hike in fiscal cliff talks

Small group of Republicans indicate they may go back on deal signed with Norquist pledging not to raise taxes on Americans

Ewen MacAskill in Washington, guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 November 2012 14.44 EST

Democrats have welcomed what they say are the first cracks in the Republican party's long-standing opposition to any tax rises, which Barack Obama has insisted must be part of a deal to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis.

But anti-tax campaigner Grover Norquist, a key figure in the negotiations, predicted that Republican members of Congress would not back down and insisted he would hold them to pledges most of them signed not to raise taxes.

In an interview with the Guardian, Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, was scathing about a small group of Republicans who hinted over the weekend that they might break that pledge in order to resolve the crisis.

Over the last 48 hours, senators Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss and congressman Pete King have said they do not feel bound by the Norquist pledge they signed.

Members of Congress returned to Washington on Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday with time running out to resolve the crisis before the 1 January deadline. If no deal is reached, all taxpayers will face rises and huge across-the-board cuts will be implemented, including military and welfare spending.

Norquist portrayed the three Republicans who have broken ranks as being the usual suspects, not representative of the party at large and over-fond of appearing on television.

Norquist, who is a central figure in the fiscal cliff negotiations, predicted these members of Congress did not mark the start of a stampede by Republicans in Congress.

He predicted the Republican coalition against tax rises – the majority of Republican members of Congress have signed Norquist's pledge not to vote for an increase – will hold fast.

"One cannot see into the future," Norquist said. "But in 2011 the same people were saying the same thing. The Republican party held and the leadership held."

The promise is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to getting Republicans to support any fiscal cliff deal involving a tax rise.

President Obama is insisting that as part of a tax and spending deal to prevent America going over the 'fiscal cliff', taxes for the wealthiest need to rise.

Democrats welcomed the comments by Graham, Chambliss and King as offering hope of a deal.

Dick Durban, a senior Democratic senator, said: "Let me salute Lindsey Graham. What he just said about revenue and taxes needed to be said on his side of the aisle."

Graham, on ABC, said: "I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."

Chambliss told a Georgia TV station: "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge." He added: "If we do it [Norquist's] way, then we'll continue in debt."

King, on NBC, concurred, saying: "A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. … For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed a declaration of war against Japan. I'm not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed, and the economic situation is different."

Norquist said the views of these three were not new and the same views had been expressed during the 2010 and 2011 congressional stand-offs.

"First of all, the three said the same thing two years ago. They are trying today to start a stampede over the debt ceiling."

He added: "These are three guys who like television. But that has not in the past translated into the rest of the party voting with the guys who want on television. Could it happen? Yes. Does history suggest it will happen? No."

Norquist began his no-tax-rise pledge more than two decades ago and has collected the signatures of the bulk of Republican members of Congress.

The pledge says they would "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses".

Norquist said: "They have made a promise to constituents. If they break it, they can have that conversation with their constituents. It is like someone who cheats on their wife."

He described the three as having "impure thoughts" but noted that they had not yet acted on them and were only saying they might vote for tax increases. "They might also shoplift, or might rob a bank," Norquist said.

He proposed that during the negotiations C-Span be allowed to cover the behind-closed-doors negotiations and that once a deal is reached, it be printed and made available to the public for seven days before a vote.

by Anonymousreply 1811/27/2012

My question too OP.

How does a on-elected hold so much sway over our country?

by Anonymousreply 111/26/2012

My guess: he has a lot of dirt on prominent Repugs and knows where the bodies are buried.

by Anonymousreply 211/26/2012

The man is living in a bubble. He views are now the minority opinion. Let him print the names of the Repubs who voted against the tax raise and well be sure to get them out in 2014.

by Anonymousreply 311/26/2012

He is a rich guy, who made himself into a lobbyist. Polaroid money. Foreign wife with adopted kids. "He is like a monk"...just likes working on the tax issue. Why a guy so disconnected from the lives of the majority of Americans has so much influence is crazy. He was part of making the Republican party the mess it is today.

by Anonymousreply 411/26/2012

He is an anti-government, low tax zealot. He has a psychological obsession with this issue. It's been stated several times that this freak was fixed on the tax issue since he was a small child. Something is obviously very "off" about him.

by Anonymousreply 511/26/2012

His father was not only the CEO of Polaroid but also a CIA operative. Grover's nuttiness is inherited from him, the rest of his siblings are fairly normal and pleasant people.

by Anonymousreply 611/26/2012

Who Is Grover Norquist and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

by Anonymousreply 711/26/2012

With a name like "Grover Norquist" he sounds like the ultimate dork.

by Anonymousreply 811/26/2012

Kill it with fire.

by Anonymousreply 911/26/2012

My God, are all these working class, Tea Party people really that stupid? Are they blind to the fact they are being literally held hostage by the Rich?

How the fuck can a Grover Norquist get Republicans to sign a pledge limiting their own power? How dumb are they? I am so fucking glad Obama won.

We need to deal with Congress. The House of Representatives has to turn Blue in 2014.All we need to do is get 35 more seats, I think.

Do any of these people know WTF Norquist is and how wealthy he is and his wn background? WTF.

by Anonymousreply 1011/26/2012

CLOSET.

CASE.

by Anonymousreply 1111/26/2012

he needs to be gagged to death with a black dildo

by Anonymousreply 1211/26/2012

He is on the Board of GOProud, so he is probably much admired by Datalounge's visiting Republican-loving trolls.

He was an early leader in the modern-era College Republicans organization, cavorting with Lee Atwater, Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and Karl Rove.

by Anonymousreply 1311/26/2012

And what kind of name is Saxby?

by Anonymousreply 1411/26/2012

I was wondering the same thing myself R11.

by Anonymousreply 1511/26/2012

[R11]I'm surprised that it took only 11 posts to accuse him of being in the closet!I don't think he is. He's an uptight johnny one note who is fixated on this one issue. I get his point BUT we need to fix the deficit issue by any means necessary. Not by spending cuts alone but by raising taxes as well.

by Anonymousreply 1611/26/2012

I suppose you don't think Karl Rove is in the closet either...?

by Anonymousreply 1711/27/2012

I have to kind of like him for just one thing: telling us that President Obama won the election because he called Mittens a "poopy head."

I love that.

Grover gets very prissy and pissy when challenged to talk about the Repubs not toeing his no tax increase line. He gets all tight lipped and pinch voiced talking about some of them "discussing impure thoughts on national television."

He is going to explode on TV one of these days.

by Anonymousreply 1811/27/2012
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