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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:19 PM

Is Grover Finally Over? (Bruni | NYT)


By FRANK BRUNI
Published: November 26, 2012 Comment

I once took a long train ride with Grover Norquist. This wasn’t intentional. We found ourselves next to each other on the line to board an Acela from Washington, D.C., to New York, and we fell into a conversation, by which I mean that he did a great deal of talking, in that faintly maniacal way of his, while I presented a captive audience. He continued to talk as we walked along the platform and was still talking as we entered the train, so it was more or less unavoidable that we sit together. Besides which, I was genuinely fascinated, which is a very different adjective from amused ...

Someday someone will write a dark history — a farce, really — of how he managed to bring nearly all of the Republican Party to heel, compelling legislator upon legislator to lash themselves to his no-new-taxes pledge. Until then we’ll have to content ourselves with his misfortune over the last few days. No sooner had a nation digested its turkey than his goose began to be cooked. The spreading rebellion in the Republican ranks was manifest on the post-Thanksgiving Sunday talk shows ...

There’s no place for absolutists and absolutism in a democracy, which is designed for give-and-take, for compromise. That’s one of the lessons of “Lincoln,” which moviegoers are thronging to and intellectuals are swooning for precisely because it illuminates and validates the intrinsic and purposeful messiness of our system. It exalts flexibility. It venerates pragmatism ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/opinion/bruni-is-grover-norquists-hold-on-congress-finally-over.html?_r=0

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:31 PM

1. Wow, I rode in an elevator with Newt Gingrich once....

 

and couldn't wait to get home to take a shower.

Same thing happened when I served lunch to Fat Tony and the lobbyist.

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:44 PM

2. Poor gover...

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:54 PM

3. The eclipsing of Nordquist's influence on the GOP is not going to change their policies.

They are making him the scapegoat for their party's years of opposition to equality and fair economic treatment, and to destroy the social safety net and disempower government.

That is still the goal. Don't be fooled, anymore than just going after ALEC has made the Koch brothers disappear. The GOP are now making a media performance, acting as if they are giving us something by going against Nordquist.

They are only playing at being moderate, willing to raise taxes in ocrder to get a trade off to eviscerate Social Secuirty, Medicare and Medicaid. They are also doing this in every state that they control.

Don't take comfort in this man's alleged fall. Keep your eyes on the prize, moving forward to take care of all our citizens. This particlar albatross is just the one with name recognition. Ryan, Cantor and the rest of the Republicans are still in D.C. and planning trouble.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:55 AM

4. Perfectly said.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:35 AM

5. So all these years they've been held hostage by 'some random person'

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