Friday, November 23, 2012

Cheers to Senator Chambliss!

not this Grover
Senator Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, announced on Wednesday that he is not afraid of Grover Norquist anymore. Knowing that Norquist is likely to support a primary challenge against any member of Congress who breaks the Norquist-sponsored pledge never to raise taxes, no matter what, Chambliss said "I don't worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist." As Chambliss pointed out, "Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down."

Who is Grover Norquist, anyway? Who elected him to anything? Why should anyone be afraid of him? Grover Norquist deserves no more respect than a schoolyard bully. Once a few more members of Congress stand up to him, once more candidates recognize that the anti-tax pledge is more of a hindrance than a help, Norquist will have no more power anymore.

In other political news this week, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was vilified by many of his fellow Republicans for daring to praise President Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy, has zoomed up in the polls to a 77% approval rating.  77%!

Mitch McConnell should take note. House Republicans should take note. Working constructively with the opposition, instead of in unrelenting opposition, could be good politics, in addition to being good for the country.


  1. Christie was certainly on top of the storm, and his gracious handling of Obama was much appreciated across the state. Time will tell whether his popularity will hold up as he starts pandering to the GOP right (even more than he has thus far) in anticipation of the 2016 presidential primary season.

  2. As for Chambliss, what took him so long?