Skip to main content

For those of you who despise Grover Norquist and wonder why the scummy little troll holds such power in the GOP ranks, today's events must hold some measure of satisfaction.  Harry Reid's calling out of Norquist for his control over the GOP is most welcome, but even more satisfying is the fire he's getting from an unlikely and supposedly friendly source.

As we all know, the major reason the Super Committee has been deadlocked is because of the GOP members' refusal to raise taxes. And this is no small part because all six of the GOP members, like the vast majority of the GOP caucus in both houses of Congress, have signed Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes ever. And since Norquist makes every GOP member cringe in fear, they're sticking to that pledge.

Well, apparently Alan Simpson, perhaps pissy that this is upending his goal of gutting entitlement programs, has had enough. And at a public hearing yesterday, he unloaded on Grover:

"Just a quick note about Grover Norquist," Simpson testified.  "If Grover Norquist is the now the most powerful man in America, he should run for president.  There's no question about his power.  And let me tell you, he has people in thrall.  That's a terrible phrase.  Lincoln used it.  I means that your mind has been captured.  You're in bondage with a soul."

Uh oh. Did Simpson just call the GOP a bunch of mindless zombies in thrall to Lord Norquist? And if you thought that was harsh, check out this:

Simpson went on:  "So here he is.  I asked him.  He said, 'My hero is Ronald Reagan.' I said, 'Well, he raised taxes 11 times in his eight years.' And he said, 'I know.  I didn't like that at all.' I said, 'Well, he did it.  Why do you suppose?'  He said, 'I don't know. Very disappointing.' I said, 'He probably did it to make the country run, another sick idea.'"

Ouch. Much as I dislike Simpson for his recent actions, I give him credit for pointing out Reagan's actions on taxes to Norquist, a man who so worships Reagan he wants to see him up on Mount Rushmore. And showing what a complete fucking idiot the Bearded Little Gnome is on why his little god would raise taxes in the first place.

Of course, Simpson is alone on this and the conservative movement is rallying around Norquist (which, if you don't want the Super Committee to do anything to Medicare or whatnot, is a good thing). But still, it's nice to see at least one Republican stand up to the sniveling little creep. Why do they fear him again?

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site