Conservative tax icon, Grover Norquist, tells Talking Points Memo that he doesn't know what bath salt Jeb Bush was ingesting when he hammered the GOP today for an unswerving loyalty to purity.
“There’s a guy who watched his father throw away his presidency on a 2:1 [ratio of spending cuts to tax increases] promise,” Norquist said of Bush.
“And he thinks he’s sophisticated by saying that he’d take a 10:1 promise. He doesn’t understand — he’s just agreed to walk down the same alley his dad did with the same gang. And he thinks he’s smart. You walk down that alley, you don’t come out."
He also took exception to Jeb's claim that today's GOP probably wouldn't nominate Ronald Reagan.
“That’s foolish.... It’s stup—it’s bizarre.”
I'd imagine Jeb would probably have a mutual loathe somewhere in his bones for Norquist.
After all, Norquist is one of the most exacting enforcers of absolute pledges against tax increases out there, and more than a few elected Republicans have lived in fear of retribution should they stray.
Which, actually, is sort of Jeb's point.