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posted Friday, February 17, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 07

If Romney can sign his name, he's good enough, Grover Norquist says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

At the CPAC convention last week, anti-tax guru Grover Norquist made the case for the Republican right wing to accept Mitt Romney as the party's nominee.

He can sign his name and he will follow orders, Norquist said, so he's good enough.

'Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States,' Norquist told CPAC attendees.

'This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.'

The Republican leaders in Congress are now far more important then the president, Norquist added, and all they need is a compliant president to sign their legislation.

'All we have to do is replace Obama,' Norquist said.

'We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget.'

'We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.'

Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform and the author of the so-called Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

The pledge requires politicians who sign it to 'oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'

Norquist is widely suspected of using his no-tax pledge to try to strangle federal social programs.

'I'm not in favor of abolishing the government,' he once said. 'I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.'



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