Grover Norquist and his organization, Americans for Tax Reform, promises to go after Republicans who signed his anti-tax pledge 20 years ago if they raise taxes. This is the same tone that gave the Republican party a decisive lost in the 2012 elections. President Obama campaigned on raising taxes on the rich, and according to the election results, the American people is with the President on this deal.
It appears the group Americans for Tax Reform is starting to lose its power in Washington D.C. Republicans in Congress have read the tea leaves, and they are telling them to compromise. The battle for the Republican party has begun, and the first fight is with Grover Norquist.
How will Grover Norquist challenge the Republicans who goes rogue:
Grover Norquist, according to his pledge, believe taxes should never go up under any situation. Spending cuts on social programs should be the only way to raise revenue, and the rich is off limits.
With the fiscal cliff negotiations underway, Republicans are between a rock and a hard place. President Obama has the upper hand in the negotiation talks and he told Congress earlier in 2012 that he would veto any bill referring to the fiscal cliff if it didn’t have tax rate increases on the upper class.
If the Republicans in Congress do nothing, the Bush tax cuts will expire and everyone taxes will go up. According to recent polls, the Republican party will be blamed. However, if Republicans agree to raise taxes in order to make a deal to stop the fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist will raise funds to primary these Republicans.
A repeat of the 2010 midterm election could happen, but this time it’ll be Republican on Republican crime. Grover Norquist will need millions of dollars just for the primaries alone. In the process, Republicans will destroy their brand while Democrats sit and watch the show.
Republicans who could be on Grover Norquist primary list:
Some Republicans who could see a Norquist challenger are Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Peter King and Sen. Saxby Chambliss to name a few. These Republicans are voicing their opinions to the media with a tone less concern for the threats by Grover Norquist.
Sen. Lindsey Graham started the Sunday Media blitz of dissing Grover Norquist by stating:
I’m willing to generate revenue,” Graham said on ABC. “It’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. We’re below historic averages.
Rep. Peter King agreed with Sen. Lindsey Graham on the anti tax pledge:
A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress,” King said. “For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed the declaration of war against Japan. I’m not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed. The economic situation is different.
Grover’s disagree with these Republicans by stating:
Peter King knows full well the pledge he signed, and others have signed, it’s for while you’re in Congress, it’s not for a two-year period. Norquist later stated, No pledge taker has voted for a tax increase. You’ve had some people discussing impure thoughts on national television,
The Republican party is having an identity crisis, and the first victim is the anti-tax pledge they signed. Only one pledge is important, and it’s a pledge to the American people. Grover Norquist Congressional power is coming to an end.