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Grover Norquist: ‘Field Marshal’ of the Bush Plan
[snips]”I started out as a right-winger, and when I retire I want to be a squishy middle-of-the-roader,” he jokes, chortling at the thought. Grover Norquist
To a significant degree, George W. Bush owes his election to Norquist, whose early support was crucial in lining up the right behind the Texas governor’s campaign. And if Bush, born in the Ivy League haunts of the Eastern Establishment but raised in the conservative oilfields of West Texas, has managed to forge a governing coalition that includes both Big Business and the far right, Norquist’s skillful ability to hold that coalition together is a big reason why.
In November 1998, immediately after Bush was re-elected as Texas governor and began eyeing the White House, Norquist traveled to Austin to meet Bush and Karl Rove, Bush’s political guru, whom Norquist has known for two decades. Norquist came away convinced that Bush, if not an authentic conservative, was at least the right’s best hope.
Norquist, upon returning to Washington, started spreading the word that the right ought to line up behind Bush.
According to several sources, Norquist’s support was decisive in swinging the bulk of the conservative movement into Bush’s camp by early 1999. “It’s not disputable,” says Fund of the Wall Street Journal. Then, when Bush ran into trouble battling Senator John McCain of Arizona, Norquist mobilized the right against McCain in the early primaries, especially in South Carolina—and, in the process, cemented his ties to Bush and Rove.
When pressed, Norquist admits that he has no idea whether Bush is truly committed or just playing politics—and that, in the end, it doesn’t matter. “Is Bush, or Rove for that matter, a true believer?” he asks. “I don’t know.....”
What did we fight WWII for? And 'Nam? Not for these SOBs.
So Norquist gave us Bush. Even more reason to hate the guy.