Grover Norquist is emerging as another one of the secondary losers in this month’s GOP shellacking, as chastened Republicans jump ship on the lobbyist’s infamous “tax pledge.”
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, and proponent of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — a pledge which prior to Election Day, had 95% support among Republican lawmakers.
Norquist was once asked about his tax pledge on The Daily Show, where he admitted that he devised the idea when he was 12. The reply prompted correspondant Samantha Bee to quip: “what other impossibly reductive gridlock inducing ideas did you have when you were 12?”
Grover Norquist, like Karl Rove before him, is seeing a level of fallout following the unexpected (by Republicans) re-election of Barack Obama earlier this month. And like Rove, it seems denial is Norquist’s first line of defense in coping with a seemingly sudden abandonment of his favored policy.
In recent days, at least five prominent GOP lawmakers — Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) — have walked it back on allegiance to Norquist and his pledge, expressing varying degrees of disinterest in holding to it during interviews and in comments.