Anti-tax crusader and all around partisan (and unelected) asshole, Grover Norquist said Monday that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, would work to unseat Republicans who break their pledge to never vote for higher taxes — even in the face of that oh so scary mythical fiscal cliff looming in the background. But, just days earlier it was reported that Norquist said, ”No one is caving. For 20 years Democrats have tried over and over to trick Republicans into breaking the pledge. It hasn’t happened. This isn’t my first rodeo.”
Yes, it’s all a democratic “trick”, which we call, ‘winning an election.’
And now, today Norquist vows to unseat any Republican with “impure thoughts”. No, really. He actually said, impure thoughts. “No pledge-taker has voted for a tax increase,” Norquist said to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Monday. “They’ve had some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.” This is reminiscent of the GOP purity pledge, which didn’t fare too well either.
After GOP lawmakers stated over the weekend that they would consider breaking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in order to reach a deal with Democrats and President Obama to avoid taking a swan dive over the ‘fiscal cliff’, Norquist said his group would, “certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn’t.” I take it that Norquist is going to teabag them, so to speak.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Peter King are up for re-election, and possibly that’s their reasoning behind their sudden urge to embrace bipartisanship — which was likely their reasoning behind signing the pledge. Add to the list of pledge dissenters: Saxby Chambliss.
And today, we hear from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Yes, Tennessee!
While Norquist feigns to be holding the pledge up as a vow to the American people, Soledad O’Brien corrects him, by pointing out that, “the pledge does come from you — Americans for Tax Reform — you’re the founder, you’re the president. This is really your pledge.”
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