by Joesph J. Thorndike
Grover Norquist is everywhere. In recent weeks, the head honcho at Americans for Tax Reform has been profiled, lauded, or excoriated by a slew of media outlets. I was interviewed earlier this week for a piece on NPR, and a quick search turns up recent items at CNN, The Week, the Washington Post, and the New York Review of Books, among others....
Norquist's unparalleled influence stems from his role as enforcer. Armed with his (in)famous anti-tax pledge, he's the undisputed master of political arm-twisting. No one on the left plays that sort of role.
Norquist revels in his passion for oversimplification. Most political issues are complicated, he told NPR, with many lots of facets and nuances. By contrast, he said, "The tax issue, size of government, has one. Up or down, yes or no. It's binary."
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