In an interview on CBS This Morning, Grover Norquist suggested that Republicans had a mandate not to raise taxes, even it meant going off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Grover explained why Obama was elected.
“The President was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a ‘poopyhead’ and you should vote against Romney and he won by two points. But he didn’t make the case that we should have higher taxes and higher spending, he kinda sounded like the opposite.”
Nora O’Donnell immediately chimed in with:
“Well, I’m not sure that’s what the president called Mitt Romney, Grover. The debate that was had — and I listened very closely to it — he said very clearly throughout the debate that the wealthiest Americans should pay more. And he won eight of the nine battleground states. And Republicans failed to reclaim the White House or the Senate. What about the exit polls that show a broad support on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans? Are you wrong?”
O’Donnell continued the argument and asked Norquist why didn’t the people vote Obama out of office. Norquist replied:
“Again, you saw those ads that suggested Romney gave people cancer in Ohio for months and months unanswered. You can trash an individual and get them to vote against him. Again, where we have an election, there are 30 Republican governors, okay? And they’re running campaigns against raising taxes and in favor of, frankly, phasing out the income tax in North Carolina and Kansas and Oklahoma.”
Here’s the video:
As we are seeing, the Republican Party hasn’t moved out of the bubble. They’ve built a nice fire, cracked open a beer and have hunkered into their Barcaloungers, happy to perpetuate the lie that the majority of this country wants to keep the Bush tax cuts. In fact, Norquist is confident the cuts will be extended. Despite the fact Obama was re-elected and Speaker Boehner recently said Obamacare is the ‘law of the land,’ he also insists the goal of the GOP is to abolish Obamacare.
One thing that is crystal clear—Republicans are having a very difficult time with reality. They have been struggling for a long while now and with a smack in the face Obama victory, it’s very difficult for them to accept defeat gracefully and realize it’s time to change their tactics and LISTEN to the people they represent.