Posted on | December 2, 2012 | 34 Comments
The whole clip is interesting, but the interviewer brings up the Tea Parties ~9:55. Grover’s premise is that Obama’s economic policies are going to have such a negative effect as to trigger a small-business backlash against Obama, presumably because after BHO has, say, doubled unemployment, there will be more loose people to demonstrate:
Donald Douglas cautions: “Don’t Promote Grover Norquist as Voice of Resurgent Tea Party Movement“, and links a Front Page Mag article that highlights GN’s various ‘odd’ connections.
They are indeed worrisome, but, if Norquist is on the board of the NRA and the ACU, should we blow off the NRA? Should we skip CPAC? The guilt by association is a slippery slope, for all have sinned, and fall shortly into the glory hole of Cthulhu.
My ambivalence on Norquist’s famous Tax Pledge is similar: you have to start somewhere, but self-congratulation for plugging one hull breach is silly if we’re still taking on water in five other locations. I’d like to know GN’s plan for moving from controlling taxation to unwinding the rest of the Progressive Project and restoring federalism and the notion of separation of powers.
Ground truth: there is a tremendous leadership vacuum on the right. While we can agree on a laundry list of things to do, there really is not yet any standard bearer with enough charisma, vision, and name recognition to unite the right. Thus, if Grover chooses either to promote or try to become that frontman, I’m not going to bother heckling until there is something more interesting available. Leadership is where you find it, and all purity test victories have a Pyrrhic flavor to them.