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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:35 PM

Severe irony alert: NON-compromiser/negotiator NORQUIST whines that the Prez not negotiating

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WATCH: Norquist Upset That Obama Has ‘Not Been Negotiating’

December 24th, 2012 4:56 pm
Henry Decker

Republican anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is once again slamming President Barack Obama, this time with the highly ironic charge that Obama has “not been negotiating” with Republicans over the looming fiscal cliff.

“One of the challenges, of course, is people see this happening; they realize that the president has not been negotiating at all over the past three months,” Norquist said on the Monday morning edition of CNN’s Starting Point. “We learned days and weeks and months afterwards that they had non-meetings where this is going on.”

Video of Norquist’s comments is below, via Politico:



For years, Republicans have consciously projected their weaknesses onto their opponents — leading to such spectacles as the George W. Bush campaign criticizing John Kerry’s military record, Paul Ryan accusing President Obama of trying to gut Medicare, and John Boehner claiming that Obama can’t stand up to his own party — but Norquist’s attempt at the strategy borders on the absurd . After all, Norquist’s entire career is quite literally based on the principle that Republicans cannot compromise on raising taxes under any circumstances. If a Republican even hints that they could negotiate the tax issue, Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform begin laying the groundwork for a primary challenge.

There’s another problem with Norquist’s complaint, of course: Obama has been willing to negotiate on the budget, perhaps to a fault. Just a week ago, the president was ready to raise the income threshold for tax rate increases to $400,000, and to cut Social Security benefits in order to make a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. That “grand bargain” never got off the ground, however, as Boehner instead chose to pursue his “Plan B,” a right-wing proposal that was nonetheless killed by congressional Republicans. Their reason? Plan B would raise tax rates on incomes over $1 million, a violation of — you guessed it — Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

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Reply Severe irony alert: NON-compromiser/negotiator NORQUIST whines that the Prez not negotiating (Original post)
UTUSN Dec 2012 OP
madokie Dec 2012 #1
freshwest Dec 2012 #2
MiniMe Dec 2012 #3
citizen blues Dec 2012 #4
cprise Dec 2012 #10
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #5
SHRED Dec 2012 #6
The CCC Dec 2012 #9
annabanana Dec 2012 #11
Wounded Bear Dec 2012 #7
SHRED Dec 2012 #8
Beartracks Dec 2012 #12

Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:45 PM

1. Just need to keep getting this out in front of the people

I see eyes being rubbed to get the sleep out that haven't been rubbed in a long time

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Response to madokie (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:01 PM

2. +1

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:21 PM

3. Interpretation: The President isn't giving in to what I want

Waah, don't cry Grover.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:10 PM

4. He's just upset that

Obama stopped negotiating with himself.

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Response to citizen blues (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:46 PM

10. And that's called

Third Way triangulation, which was invented to appease people like Norquist.

It doesn't work.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:15 PM

5. Fuck you Norquist.

That is all.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:19 PM

6. It should be illegal for any Congressperson to sign any pledges

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Response to SHRED (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:38 PM

9. It should be illegal for any Congressperson to sign any pledges

It is already. We just don't prosecute because IOKIYAR.

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Response to The CCC (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:47 PM

11. +1. . . .n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:22 PM

7. Typical RW projection....

I find it useful, actually in protecting myself against them. They tend to accuse others of doing exactly what they are doing.

Witness the recent election, when in the aftermath they were howling about Demcoratic voter suppression. Definitely a moment.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:26 PM

8. Wouldn't him, Lindsay, and Rove be a lot happier if they just went ahead and came out?

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:53 PM

12. When Norquist complains about "not compromising" he means...

... "not capitulating." Norquist needs a dictionary. And a reality check.

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