Posted by Brad @ 5:38 pm on October 29th 2008

Norquist and the Kristol Syndrome

Kos points out a choice quote from Grover Norquist in 2004 that I wasn’t aware of.

Arguing for the need for conservatives to hold their noses and re-elect Bush in 2004, and the reality that, as he titles the article “The Democratic Party is Toast”, Grover writes:

Writing in The Washington Monthly [in 2004], conservative icon Grover Norquist delivered the party line (and D.C. conventional wisdom) of what a George Bush reelection meant:

“Redistricting in Texas and throughout the country ensures that Republicans will continue to control the House through 2012. Over time, the Senate — thanks to those wonderful square states out west — will trend toward 60 Republicans as the 30 red states elect Republicans and the 20 blue states elect Democrats. The anomaly of four Democratic senators hailing from Republican North and South Dakota will come to an end, as will the Republican-held Senate seat in Rhode Island,” he wrote.

As if he hadn’t stepped out on a long enough limb, Norquist kept going, “A Bush-Cheney win will lead to Republican governors from Colorado, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York to compete to be the most Reaganite governor — a positive result no matter who wins. And a Bush-Cheney win in 2004 will leave Terry McAuliffe and Bill and Hillary in complete and unchallenged control of the Democratic Party at least through 2008. This is good for the Republicans, if not the republic.”

Bonus: the curious hodgepodge of lines of reasoning for voting for Bush—he lists increased gun ownership, more people investing in the stock market, less government workers, and less labor regulation as primary voting issues for that cycle—and the great, gaping void of the rest of the stuff he apparently considers not important enough to discuss (war, gay marriage, government spending, civil liberties, etc.) sounds suspiciously like the curious hodgepodge of lines of reasoning and blind spots the same brand of fiscal cons are making to try to rationalize pulling the lever for McCain today. But maybe that’s just me (probably is).

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