Monday, November 12, 2012

Petulant child Grover Norquist says Obama portrayed Romney as a "poopy head"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Once, twice, three times a poopy head.
Seriously. This is what Republican anti-tax absolutist Grover Norquist said about Romney and the election this morning:

The president was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney. [Obama] won by two points, but he didn't make the case for higher taxes and higher spending. He kind of sounded like the opposite.

Well, actually he did make the case that the rich should pay a bit more in taxes -- and there is broad public support for having the rich pay more. And while Romney was indeed a terrible candidate, President Obama didn't win re-election simply because "he was not Romney." (Has Norquist ever actually talked to an Obama voter?)

And... poopy head? I get that this was national TV, and so characterizations like "bullshit artist," "lying scumbag," and "douchebag" just weren't on, but is that really the best he could do?

(Obviously, Obama never used such words to describe Romney. He ran on substance, including the substance of Romney's record at Bain and generally plutocratic outlook and policy positions. Norquist just can't seem to understand why Romney might have been so vulnerable on those terms, or why there might be popular opposition to plutocracy. And saying the president's campaign amounted to nothing more than "Romney is a poopy head" is just plain stupid.)

Otherwise, two points:

1) This is what Republicans always do when a Democrat wins -- not just the White House but anything. When a Republican wins, even by only a tiny margin (like Bush over Kerry in '04), they say he (or she, but usually he) has a mandate to do any number of radical right-wing things, including things that he (or she) didn't mention (let alone run on) during the campaign (like privatize Social Security). But when a Democrat wins, he or she has absolutely no mandate to do anything except what Republicans want. If I were a Democratic office-holder, I'd tell Norquist et al. to go to hell -- figuratively speaking, of course. Obama won by a significant margin over Romney and Democrats made gains in both the House and Senate. Period.

2) Norquist is such an influential figure on the right that almost every Republican signs his pledge and bows to his leadership. And he uses words like "poopy head" on national TV.

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  • The bigger problem is that in general it is the mainstream media who claim that Republicans always have a mandate but Democrats, never.

    By Anonymous Frankly Curious, at 1:30 AM  

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