Norquist Endorses Boehner Plan
Steven L. Taylor
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Via Politico: Grover Norquist backs John Boehner’s debt bill
“Boehner’s plan is the only way to bring spending down by the same amount the debt ceiling increases – without raising taxes,”Norquist said Wednesday in POLITICO’s Arena. “It is a tremendous win for the forces of limited government.”
That should give the Tea Partiers enough cover to vote for the package, I suppose. They are also under a lot of pressure from House leadership at the moment, it would seem.
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I’ve always thought of Norquist as an empty shirt. This moves him up a bit in my opinion.
(Though, I should note that I think the Reid plan actually does more to fix the debt, without raising taxes.)
The Club for Growth is opposed.
The Boehner plan isn’t all that different from what Norquist said was acceptable back in May: no taxes, spending cuts at least as much as the debt limit increase, and a shorter term extension so that we can go through this again relatively soon (though, not quite a short as Norquist might prefer). If you thought he was an “empty suit” before, no reason to change your mind.
I was combining this with his hedge away from expiration of Bush tax cuts as a tax increase.
Just trying to give the guy a chance … a guy I’ve considered the most corrosive in US politics.
@john personna: Up to what? A stuffed shirt?