Political Correction

Norquist Pre-Super Committee Fail: GOP Raising Taxes Would Be "Slitting Their Wrists"

November 22, 2011 11:00 am ET - by Julia Krieger

Yesterday the super committee failed to reach a deal and Republicans raced to do what they do best: blame the other guy for their own ideological stubbornness. About two weeks ago, Political Correction caught up with Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and asked him about the possibility of conservatives bucking his infamous no-new-taxes pledge, to which Norquist replied, "it's not going to happen." He colorfully added, "Democrats are very frustrated that they can't talk Republicans into raising taxes and slitting their wrists."

POLITICAL CORRECTION: If they do choose negotiations that aren't revenue neutral, what kind of repercussions will there be?

NORQUIST: Well I think if people—well, it's not going to happen, it's a hypothetical. Republicans are not going to vote for a tax increase, and the House and the Senate Republicans are not going to pass one. If you want to look historically at what happened, 1990. You have problems in the next election because you have—how do you explain who you are? So, because that's—because everybody knows that that's why it's not going to happen. So, the Democrats are very frustrated that they can't talk Republicans into raising taxes and slitting their wrists.


Norquist also downplayed the influence of the pledge and had some choice words for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), likening Reid's inability to grasp why Republicans oppose tax increases to "an Aztec priest wondering, you're against human sacrifice, why would you be against that?" Norquist said Reid would never take revenue increases off the table because "that's what Harry Reid does all day, he takes money from people and gives it to his friends."

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