Stung by criticism from Dems on the Super Committee for his role in creating a Republican party that fears taxation more than fiscal collapse, Grover Norquist tried to defend himself today.
"For the congressmen and senators who signed the taxpayer protection pledge, they and the American people know the pledge is from them to the voters of their district and their state."
Hmm. In fact, Norquist trotted around the USA from politician to politician, handing them copies of the no taxation pledge and a ball point. In case the politicians declined to sign, Norquist picked up his bullhorn and enlisted his assets in an effort to get said politician defeated in the next election. Yet Norquist claims that he had nothing to do with the end result, a Republican Party so wedded to the no taxation pledge that it consistently defies the 65% of the USA electorate who poll in favor of a budget solution which combines additional taxation revenue with cuts to government programs. Norquist passes the buck to "the voters" despite the fact that polls reveal a clear majority of voters who do not share his views.
This would be baffling if we were not capable of differentiating a bottom feeding financial lobbyist like Norquist from the "voters" he claims to represent. He is not the puppet of the voter. He is the puppet master, laughing all the way to the bank while wiggling his puppets with both hands, playing them off against their own interests.