Norquist Politicizes Jobs' Death: The Face Of "What Obama And Dems Hate And Tax"

October 06, 2011 9:18 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers, passed away last night after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist did not wait long to politicize Jobs' death, writing on Twitter this morning that Jobs "put a face on what Obama and Dems hate and tax":

Grover Norquist Tweet

Norquist, of course, is an extraordinarily influential figure in the conservative movement. A total of 277 GOP members of Congress — all but six in the House and seven in the Senate — have signed onto Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which commits lawmakers to opposing any efforts to raise taxes. Earlier this week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) lashed out at Norquist and his pledge, saying that "one man's demand for ideological purity is paralyzing Congress."