He is becoming irrelevant.You can see it in his eyes. He knows the game is up because good people, of good faith, have decided instead of being Republicans or Democrats, they're Americans. Instead of being beholden to Grover Norquist and the AARP, they're beholden to the United States of America.Other Republicans say that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, which would raise taxes, is not in violation of the pledge because they would not directly be voting to increase taxes. They would instead do nothing to prevent the cuts from ending, effectively raising taxes . Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma said his party should compromise with Obama and allow the tax cuts to expire for all but the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.[ See a collection of political cartoons on the Republican Party.]"I think we ought to take the 98 percent deal right now," he said. "It doesn't mean I agree with raising the top 2. I don't."He said Republicans need to take away Obama's argument that the party is holding up negotiations to protect the ultrarich, and after a deal is reached, Republicans can continue their fight to extend the cuts for all.[ See a collection of political cartoons on Congress.]Time's Michael Grunwald said that it is overdramatic for the Republican Party to suddenly give Norquist the cold shoulder and blame him entirely for the party's concrete refusal to consider tax increases. He said pledge signatories are acting like they were bullied into signing it in the first place:
The popularity of the pledge does not mean that Grover is a marionette controlling the Republican Party. It means that the Republican Party and its base tends to share Grover's monomaniacal loathing for taxes and government.…The fact that Republican primary voters reward politicians who make irresponsible and extreme tax promises does not make Norquist a bully. It makes him a remarkably effective lobbyist.[ See a collection of political cartoons on the budget and deficit.]He goes on to say that Republicans can speak out against Norquist all they want, but they still haven't publicly committed to raising taxes:
For now, they're still bound by their irresponsible commitments to oppose any new taxes. And their irresponsibility was their own. Grover was just smart enough to collect their signatures.What do you think? Is the GOP breaking up with Grover Norquist? Take the poll and comment below.
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