According to Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans For Tax Reform, the secret to President Obama’s re-election is simple. The president’s strategy of portraying GOP opponent Mitt Romney as a “poopy head” paid off.
“The president was committed; elected on the basis that he was not Romney and Romney was a poopy head and you should vote against Romney and he won by two points,” Norquist said on CBS’ This Morning Monday. “But he didn’t make the case that we should have higher taxes and higher spending, he kind of sounded like the opposite.”
The show’s host, Norah O’Donnell, fought this claim. “Well, I’m not sure that’s what the president called Mitt Romney, Grover,” she said. “That’s not the debate that was had … he said very clearly throughout the debate that the wealthiest Americans should pay more and he won eight of the nine battleground states and Republicans failed to reclaim the White House or the Senate.”
“What about the exit polls that show a broad support for raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Are you wrong?” she asked.
“Well, again, you saw those ads that suggested Romney gave people cancer in Ohio for months and months unanswered. You can trash an individual and get people to vote against him,” he replied. To defend his point, Norquist pointed to Republican governors who won elections on a pledge to eliminate state income taxes. O’Donnell dismissed those as state issues.
Many Republicans, most notably Karl Rove, have struggled to make sense of President Obama’s re-election over challenger Mitt Romney. It’s a matter of personal perspective, but we think “Obama won because he called Romney a poopy head” is probably the best explanation yet. Whether or not Mitt Romney is indeed a “poopy head” was unfortunately not addressed.
You can check out a clip of Grover Norquist saying that President Obama won by calling Mitt Romney a “poopy head,” via CBS This Morning at The Huffington Post.
Or check out the full interview below: