Grover Norquist, who heads Americans for Tax Reform, was head of the College Republicans in 1976. He’s the guy with the pocket protector and the thick glasses who didn’t inhale and couldn’t get a date. He’s been pissed off his whole life and since Reagan has been one of the big 5 Radical right wingers in Washington. He’s also a corrupt little crook.
According to an investigative report on Abramoff’s lobbying released in June 2006 by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Americans for Tax Reform(ATR) served as a “conduit” for funds that flowed from Abramoff’s clients to surreptitiously finance grass-roots lobbying campaigns. A second group Norquist was involved with, the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, received about $500,000 in Abramoff client funds.
So yesterday, he wanders into the LA Times Washington bureau to launch his line of attack on Barack Obama, hoping to get some attention on the day Hillary and Barack were dominating the news cycle with their Unity speeches.
Norquist dropped by The Times’ Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama’s liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee “John Kerry with a tan.”
I know this kind of racist talk was standard operating procedure for College Republicans in the 70’s, but someone on the McCain staff should tell this little runt to shut up.
As Tom Frank pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, Norquist’s notions that the government should embark on a radical privatisation program has led to nothing but grief. His days on the K Street Republican gravy train are numbered.