Oh, Mr. President. Be afraid, be very afraid. Not…
As elected officials from both sides of the partisan aisle embed themselves in fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist remains at the center of the conversation.
In a Sunday roundtable discussion on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Norquist issued a warning to President Barack Obama.
“Tea party two is going to dwarf tea party one if Obama pushes us off the cliff,” Norquist said. “Let’s not pretend who’s pushing us over the cliff.”
Thanks to his anti-tax pledge, Norquist has been a prime target since fiscal cliff discussions picked up steam in November. Democrats have gone so far as to create an online petition against Norquist.
Several Republicans, headed by Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) have broken away from Norquist’s pledge. Despite those movements,Norquist vowed last Monday that “nobody is turning on me.”
It’s hard to decide who you want to win in this one, Grover Norquist or Alan Simpson.
Here’s what Simpson said to bring this on: “If this guy is the most powerful guy in America, elect him president. He’s got ‘em. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you is defeat you for reelection.” That “he’s got ‘em” presumably referring to congressional Republicans.
And Norquist’s response:
“Alan Simpson is old enough to have been in Congress and vote for the 1982 budget deal, which was supposed to get three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Actually spending increased more rapidly after that deal. Tax increases real, spending cuts weren’t. Then eight years later, having learned nothing in 1982, he did it again. Two dollars promised spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Tax increases real. Spending cuts weren’t. The rest of the modern Republican Party watched Alan Simpson vote in 1982 and 1990 for a budget deal which led to tax increases and spending increases—no spending restraint at all. And learned, don’t do that. Alan Simpson is old enough to have been there, but too old to have remembered what happened, and he missed what he’s talking about.”
That’s after telling the Wall Street Journal that “[h]e leaves the same things on my voice mail, and people wonder whether he’s been drinking.” In other words, Simpson’s a senile drunk.
No response from Norquist yet on what Speaker John Boehner is, for calling him just some “random person.”