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Bully or hero, Grover Norquist keeps the GOP in line on taxes



grover.jpgWASHINGTON — The deal offered to Republican presidential candidates was framed as anything but a weak compromise: $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases.

"Who on this stage would walk away from that?" the Fox News debate moderator asked.

All eight hands went up.

Grover Norquist might as well have been aiming a slingshot from the balcony, daring them to take the deal.

For more than two decades, Norquist has wielded a mystical power over the GOP, cultivating and enforcing a rigid antitax platform.

This brainy, compact and caffeinated figure — who appears Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando — has pursued his obsession with striking success. Ninety-five percent of Republicans in Congress have signed his Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (story here)

[Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:00pm]


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