Grover Norquist likes to think of himself as the king of conservatism, holding high-profile meetings from his corporate-funded headquarters in downtown Washington. The problem for Norquist, though, is that high-profile conservative officeholders are now publicly exposing him as removed from reality.
Take Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R.), whom Norquist attacked in the Indianapolis Star. Daniels said flatly that the self-important Norquist is, in fact, almost entirely inconsequential. “The only Grover they know in Indiana is the fuzzy creature on Sesame Street,” said Daniels.
Or how about Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R.) who chastised Norquist for being so insulated in Washington, that he doesn’t understand real-world problems. “Grover’s never been in government, doesn’t have to balance a state budget, never had a state constitution forcing him to deal with a balanced budget. Grover’s never been in a situation where he couldn’t borrow money so he didn’t have to raise taxes or tell old people he’s just going to take them out of the nursing home and drop them on the curb.”
Huckabee had a good idea for Norquist: “If Grover wants to run for governor, there’s an election next year in Arkansas. He can get his residency requirements lined up. And there are 36 other states he can run in next year.” Good luck getting Norquist to leave the plush confines of his Beltway office to visit the real world.