New York Congressman Peter King had the gall to stand up to tax-bully Grover Norquist over the weekend by publicly saying that he doesn’t feel as though he’s bound by a pledge he first signed 18 years ago stating that he wouldn’t support any legislation that raises “the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business.”
Norquist responded by taking a shot at King’s marriage.
“I hope [King’s] wife understands commitments last a little longer than two years or something,” Norquist told CNN’s Piers Morgan yesterday.
Norquist, the president of the Conservative group Americans for Tax
Reform, went on to explain that his tax pledge means that “as long as you’re
in Congress, you will rein in spending and reform
government, not raise taxes. It’s not for 500 years or two generations.
It’s only as long as you’re in the House or the Senate. If he stayed too
long, that’s his problem.”
King is one of a few bold Republicans
with the cojones to stand up to Norquist as the country approaches the
so-called “fiscal cliff.
As we explained Monday, Norquist has become
a very powerful player in the Republican Party — 95-percent of
Republicans in Congress have signed his stubborn pledge, and are subject
to Norquist’s bullying. He’s basically the Scut Farkus of the Republican Party.
Norquist’s pledge is losing some of its luster amongst GOPers as they
begin to realize they may have to bend a bit to keep the country from
embarking on economic chaos.
“I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss. A pledge you signed 20 years
ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress,” King said on NBC’s Meet the
Press over the weekend. “For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I
would have signed a declaration of war against Japan. I’m not going to
attack Japan today. The world has changed, and the economic situation is
We wanted to ask King’s wife whether she was still committed to her husband — but we’d just assume not ask stupid questions, or relegate her marriage to some dopey, political tax pledge.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 28, 2012