Norquist: “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen.”

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Grover Norquist at CPAC 2/2012 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Throughout the Republican primary process, I often wondered why was the Party focusing on Mitt Romney. This is someone who says whatever he thinks the audience in front of him would like to hear. Someone who has no problem putting forth misrepresentations as truth; even when it involves good things that he has done — like health care in Massachusetts. We still don’t know who Romney really is other than a businessman who gained his fortune at Bain Capital by outsourcing jobs and very skilful corporate buyouts. What I should have done was to pay closer attention to what Grover Norquist said at the CPAC convention in February this year; the answer is quite clear.

“We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” Grover Norquist told conservatives at the CPAC convention in February. “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”

Norquist went on: “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.” [….]

What’s also clear is that Grover Norquist is out of touch with the American people. In February when he said this at the CPAC convention, the approval rating for Congress was at 10 percent; i.e., 90 percent disapprove (some plan). It has gotten better, in June Congress’s approval rating went up to 17 percent.

Everyone knows why Congress’s approval rating has hit rock bottom and lingers there; Republicans have done nothing to support critical legislation for job growth, fixing our infrastructure, fixing access to health care and more. Instead, they wage wars against women, against the middle-class, senior citizens, our youth, and anyone who doesn’t look like or think like or worship like they do. In addition, each year, Republican members of Congress who believe in working together for the good of all leave because of the way Norquist and his ilk in Congress conduct themselves.

As for Norquist’s description of the next commander-in-chief, he should really call it puppet-in-chief. No one, regardless of political affiliation, wants a puppet sitting in the situation room; especially at a critical moment. Imagine what would have happened when Osama bin Laden was taken out. If Romney were in office, what would he have done; called Grover and asked him what to do?

Republicans found their puppet in Mitt Romney. What kind of person signs up for such an assignment? That’s a question we should ask Mitt Romney no matter what our political party. The answer leaves us with a clearer choice than ever; re-elect President Obama. Maybe that’s why some prominent Republicans are trying to take down Grover Norquist.

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