De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job

Washington, D.C. insider and anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist was recently quoted by conservative columnist Debra Saunders in the SF Chronicle as saying “I think golf and cocaine would be more constructive ways to spend one’s free time than negotiating with Democrats on spending restraint.”

I have always considered golf a good walk spoiled.  As a recovering cocaine addict, I am surprised that anyone would think that it is at all constructive to spend one’s free time using that drug.

One would think that Mr. Norquist made this comment with a straw in his hand bending over a mirror full of white powder.

This is the man the California Republican Party is taking its cues from when it comes to tackling our state’s budget crisis.

It’s no wonder California Republicans find themselves out of touch not only with California voters on the whole, but even with an increasingly smaller percentage of Californians who self-identify as Republican voters.

A recent Field Poll showed that 61% of California voters were in favor of holding a special election to vote on a package of spending cuts and temporary tax increases to balance our budget. Even 56% of California Republicans are in favor of the idea.

Instead Republican leaders in Sacramento are taking their lead from their de facto leader in Washington, D.C., Grover Norquist. This isn’t good for Californians, it isn’t good for our budget process and it isn’t even good for the Republican Party.

Californians must be trusted to exercise their right to vote – that’s how things work in a democracy. What remains of the sensible part of the Republican Party needs to speak loudly against out of touch, and out-to-lunch Republicans like Grover Norquist.

8 thoughts on “De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job”

  1. I hope Norquist takes up both. Golf will give him plenty of time with his monied buddies. And he already has a Koch habit. I would be more than happy to see him fry his brains on the real thing. He is a vicious ideologue and I couldn’t wish it on a meaner guy.

    More puzzling to me is why anybody not doing drugs listens to Norquist. As Mr. Burton rightly points out, it’s clearly not winning them too many hearts and minds in California. But, if they’re happy to see their electoral support shrink, I’m happy too.

  2. Coke fiend?  Sweet, that explains much.

    Hookers, blow and golf are what are the reasons I stick with union/plaintiffs’ work.  One day that retirement case will walk in the door.

    If I wanted to be a citizen, I’d do defense.

  3. I’ve had some great times on the blow 🙂

    I thought drug decriminalization was something you liberals and us libertarians could agree on???

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