Sunday, February 17, 2008
The famous Republican strategist and anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist, who once famously said that the ultimate conservative objective should be to shrink government "to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub," has come up with what he believes is the right plan to torpedo an Obama candidacy.
As reported by the Times of London, Norquist says Obama is "open to being defined as a leftwing, corrupt Chicago politician."
Maintaining that the rising presidential contender and media popstar has the voting record of a "hard-right" socialist, as if the left side of the Democratic party were actually thoroughgoing economic socialists and collectivists, Norquist goes on gleefully to assert that "It will be easy to portray him as even harder-left than Hillary."
His choice of words gives him away. Rather than calling Obama a corrupt Chicago wardheeler, Norquist says he is "open to being defined" that way. He doesn't claim that Obama is actually "harder left" than Senator Clinton, but only that a proper Republican strategy is "to portray" him that way.
Norquist and others like him feel no shame when they lie and misrepresent the truth in this manner, and they illustrate the enormous gulf between those whose lives and works proceed from integrity and those in whom that quality is entirely absent. Some people, like Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, are the wind beneath our wings. Others are the dirt beneath our feet.