Morning Mix: Is Grover Norquist Just “Some Random Person?”

Two years ago, the man who swore he wanted government to be so small it could be “drowned in a bathtub” was the most powerful, formidable force to conservatives in Washington.

Today, he’s being referred to by the Republican Speaker of the House as “some random person.”

Asked if he believed that Grover Norquist, powerhouse GOP influencer and president of Americans for Tax Reform, was a “positive influence” on the House Republicans, John Boehner simply replied with a shrug.

“Listen, our focus here is on jobs,” Boehner said at last. “We’re doing everything we can to get our economy moving again and to get people back to work. It’s not often I’m asked about some random person in America.”

Asked whether he genuinely believed Norquist was a “random person” to members of his conference, Boehner replied, “Listen, our focus is on creating jobs, not talking about somebody’s personality.”

Of course, that “random person” is also the creator of the anti-tax pledge that a vast majority of those same House members signed in order to get into public office.  In fact, only 6 Republican members in each chamber and one Republican presidential nominee (Jon Huntsman) haven’t signed his anti-tax pledge.

In fact, both parties agree that Norquist isn’t just “some random person” with no influence over the GOP. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this week declared Norquist the GOP ‘leader’ and Republican lawmakers his puppets. Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson told the so-called supercommittee this week that ‘if Grover Norquist is 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. It means your mind has been captured.  You’re in bondage with your soul.’”

But Norquist himself agrees that he’s not that big of a deal. “‘Reid is trying to make me important. I suppose it’s sort of flattering but it’s silly,’ Mr. Norquist said. ‘The pledge is between elected representatives and their constituents. Boehner’s right and Reid is wrong.’”

I guess that settles that.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Holly Lawrence
Holly L6 years ago


Leah H.
Leah H6 years ago

Norquist is a random person the same way the radical republicans are trying to create jobs! Not.

Beth Davis
Beth D6 years ago

I can remember many photo's and film of Boner and Norquist sitting side by side and chuckling over their inside jokes. Does anyone else do that with 'random' people? Getting the economy moving? Jobs? So why in hell is he AGAINST all jobs bills put forth? No, the only job Boner cares about is HIS job! Same with Cantor and Mcconnell, (turtle-man) Just once, I would love to see the interviewer ask them, over and over until they get an actual, and factual are YOU creating jobs? Last time Boner said it wasn't the governments JOB to create jobs!!! And if things the repukes do, happen to cost jobs, well SO BE IT. God help us get Pelosi back into the speakers position. She was one of the few pushing for the betterment of all. They have excluded her from much of their meetings because they fear her. Right on Nancy!

Ron Samuels
Ron Samuels6 years ago

Well, naturally Mr. Norquist is going to minimize the extent of his influence. "Oh, I'm just some 'random person' who has succeeded in getting a potful of elected or wanna-be elected folks to pledge to essentially abdicate their responsibility to govern. That's the effect of the "No Tax Pledge" really. It's a statement that these people are going to fill jobs and then refuse to do what their job description says they are supposed to do. Just what "savings" did they come up with to pay for the "Bush Tax Cuts"? They didn't! They just paid for them by raising the deficit. Now, of course, they are trying to pin the tax tail on the president, when it was they who created the spiraling deficits in the first place. Hypocritical, lying, mendacious thugs is all they are. Their idea of controlling costs is to slash those programs that keep the poor from actually starving to death and suffering from untreated medical conditions in order to line the pockets of the super-wealthy. The super-wealthy reciprocate by funding their reelections. How cozy!

John S.
John Steinsvold6 years ago

An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

John Steinsvold

Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
--Georg C. Lichtenberg

Gina P.
Regina P6 years ago

I want to know more about this man and who he really is. He has a lot of power but where did he get it??

Doris Mason
Past Member 6 years ago

Poor Boehner...He lost his mind now and can't remember

Ralph Boone
Ralph B6 years ago

Yes the Gop is Bought and Paid For... They will do anything Money wants them to do.. That's why "BONER" (sic) doesn't know who Grover is .. He only knows his name is money Pockets..! The 99% is growing fast.. we have the people out there.. Now we need to get them organized and take Back the House and Senate by their Votes.. We can't storm the buildings and throw them out unless we want a Police State.. You would think the Rich would want the Police well paid... OH wait they have been buying expensive trained Guard Dogs by the thousands.. they don't need Police... LOL

Margaret K.
Margaret K.6 years ago

Please ask John Boehner why he signed Norquist's pledge if he believed Norquist to be a 'random person'. Does Boehner randomly sign pledges of which he has no knowledge of the contents? Certainly that makes a good politician, Boehner's left doesn't know what his right is doing.