November 27th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Norquist: 'Shame on Peter King'

(CNN) - Grover Norquist says Rep. Peter King of New York tried to "weasel out" of the anti-tax pledge.

“I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,” Norquist, an anti-tax activist, said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

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    Stop giving Grover Norquist press.
    He is part of the problem
    The solution is making him irrelevant.
    His stupid pledge has created our deficit problems
    Taxes are not bad. Taxes are not the problem
    The rich will still be rich even after we slightly raise their taxes

    November 27, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Louis in Wisc.

    I think every Republican who signed this should stay with it and go even further then for sure they will all lose in 2014...

    November 27, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Canuck

    Can somebody please explain how a nobody like Norquist is allowed to hold such power over the Republicans??? As a Canadian I find it very strange...

    November 27, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. stambo2001

    How completely deluded of Norquist to expect any person in today's america to stand for their beliefs. In today's america making an oath, and keeping an oath is old fashioned. That's why the left feels free to destroy marriage. It's why the left don't mind killing their own offspring. No responsibilities. No commitments. No morals. Instant gratification regardless of the long term consequences. It is fun however watching these parasites destroy a once proud nation.

    If you don't stand for something, then you stand for nothing.

    November 27, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    FACTS about Grover:

    – He used to keep a bust of Lenin in his home.

    – He sometimes refers to businessmen as “corporate pukes.”

    – He loves ideological purity above all else, regardless of the negative consequences on our country.

    – He's been blackmailing members of his party to put their loyalty to his anti-tax pledge ahead of their Constitutional obligations (signed by 95% of Republican Congress members).

    – In 2004, he said "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." ("The Nation", 10/12/2004)

    Draw your own conclusions, folks ...

    November 27, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Rover nitwitquest ,the crook gop lobbyist and Moslem brotherhood. Bro, needs a beatdown by the gop and is dispised by most Americans ,any gop congressman who doesn't walk away from this pledge to a crook lobbist like norquest will be out of a job in the next elections and what is the difference in signing a pledge to norquest and signing a pledge to an oil companies lobbyist to keep prices high ,answer, none. This slimball has to go !!!!

    November 27, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. fernace

    So Grover is trying to equate his pledge to marriage now!? He's losing it, literally, now that The GOT-Party is leaving him & his no-tax pledge in droves! This is what happens when you try to marginalize practically a whole nation! We, the People vote you out or expose your blatantly biased ideas for what they are! Un– American! The shame is not on those who are slowly coming to their senses, but on Norquist who refuses to understand that his pledge is irrellevant, outdated & plain wrong!!

    November 27, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Sniffit

    “I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,”

    I'm sorry, but did he really just insinuate that Peter King's wife might be unfaithful to their marriage? HAHAHAHA! It's almost surreal watching the GOP/Teatroll serpent swallow its own atil.

    November 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I thought that the Republicans wanted to fire Big Bird and Grover.

    November 27, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. WB

    Grover knows his grasp is slipping.

    Why did he ever have a say in politics in the first place?

    November 27, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    This Moslem goofball couldn't even get elected as dog catcher in any state in the country ,time for the gop to give rover the beatdown the loser deserves !!!!!

    November 27, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. james gordon

    If they had only signed a NO WAR pledge

    November 27, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Norquist is a totally misguided individual on taxes.

    While it is true that taxes are too low, the main reason not to increase them now, is simply that the money will be squandered by Obama's spending, and nothing will be accomplished.

    Aside from the spending, taxes should revert back to the levels prior to the Bush tax cuts, the payroll tax cut should be abolished above all else, the capital gains tax rate should be increased, and the cap on payroll taxes for the wealthy, should be eliminated.

    As it is........we are stuck for the next 4 years, with nothing to be gained, because every dime of increased revenue, will be squandered by Obama

    November 27, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Hoover

    This is not about Grover Norquist. The Democrats so far have conceded nothing on spending or entitlement reform while the GOP seems to be folding. Grover is right on one thing if taxes go up without any spending cuts the GOP is in trouble. We have been down this road several times with tax hikes and Democrats promised cuts never occurred. We would be better to go off the cliff than raise taxes with no immediate cuts and triggers that lower taxes if future cuts do not occur. Remember to that they are dealing with Reid, Obama and his kindred spirits from the murder capital of the US.

    November 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. trex

    ..........If our enemies are mostly radical Muslims,..............and the ONLY way for them to beat us is thru economic disaster and NOT direct combat,.....................could it be that Norquest is the PUPPET of these radical Muslims,.....because ....Norquest MARRIED A MUSLIM....?

    November 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    95% of Republican Congress members have signed Grover's pledge.

    Since they work for him and not the U.S. taxpayers, we should immediately stop their paychecks, end their health, retirement and other benefits, and demand a refund of all the money U.S. taxpayers have spent on them since they signed the pledge.

    Grover and his buddies can pay instead. I'm sure all Republicans will agree; it just makes good business sense.

    November 27, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Where did Norquist come from? Norquist rose out of the now infamous broken promise by George H.W. Bush, "Read my lips. No new taxes." Of course, Bush had to raise taxes to fund Stimulus bills and reduce the deficits created by failed trickle down policies during the Reagan administration.

    See if you can follow the twisted logic that comes next. Bush lost his re-election bid because the right wing was angry over him raising taxes, and so they didn't turn out to the polls in sufficient numbers. The right blamed the loss on Bush having raised taxes, breaking his promise.

    The right concluded that Bush would have won had he kept to his promise and not raised taxes. They swore off ever raising taxes again, which led to people like Norquist circulating his "no tax increases" pledge. They felt they lost because they were not extreme enought to get excite people in sufficient numbers to win. Twisted!

    November 27, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. mmad5camp

    My question to Grover is, "Who is paying you to ensure that the American People taxes do not go up, at any cost?" And how do I apply for that position, apparently it pays very well.

    November 27, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. ST

    Though am not fond of this pledge, BUT let us be fair. Whenever we put ourselves for signing anything, it means a lot. If you don't understand/agree what is contained in the pledge, you refrain from dropping down the ink. Those who are running away from it, they can run while understanding the consequences. They can get punished first and abscond or vice versa.

    November 27, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Larry L

    This may be the time for the Republican Party to purge itself of the trash that controlled the last election. If a population of Republicans still exist who are fiscally conservative, support individual freedoms, believe in maintaining a strong national defense capability, and can stay out of the affairs of women's reproductive systems the GOP may have a future. If these same folks can shake off the homophobia and xenophobia, turn off Fox News, quit talking about seceding from the U.S., and stop spreading ridiculous conspiracies they might rebuild the Republican base into an intelligent and effective body of pragmatic, loyal American voters.

    November 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. pk

    This Norquist dude needs a reality check and a smaller ego.

    November 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |

    From what I have read, all Grover Norquist has ever done is be a lobbyist and involved in politics. What has he ever actually contributed to society that makes him so powerful?

    November 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Bill

    Norquist thinks he is the lord of the universe of the GOP? This guy is an unelected, pompous, zealot. He is a joke and the sooner the Republicans distance themselves from him, the better.

    November 27, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. edZ

    Poll: America's BIGGEST TRAITORS 1. Norquist 2.Benedict Arnold 3. Politicians who signed "THE PLEDGE"
    Yep Grover was judged 1st - well he won something and "THE PLEDGE" sheep got the RED ribbon and poor Benedict has decided to leave the Republican Party.

    November 27, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. CAO

    Norquist says Shame on Peter King....I say Shame on Norquist.

    November 27, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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