Personally, I’m thrilled that the Grover Norquist Era is coming to an end.
I’ve always thought it makes the GOP sound weird–signing a pledge to a dude named Grover.
I’m not even sure how you make a pledge to Grover. Does anyone know? Do you recite a pledge to a flag with Grover’s face on it? Is there a secret ceremony where you prick your finger and sign the pledge in blood? Where is the pledge anyway? Library of Congress? National Archives? Grover’s garage?
The idea behind the “pledge” is good. We should elect individuals committed to keeping taxes low and spending under control. But we should elect these people because we believe they’re sincere and capable of making this happen and not because some guy named Grover is threatening to gather an army to find a way to defeat them in a primary if they have the nerve to go against something Grover doesn’t like.
No single individual should wield that kind of power, and he’s been doing this since 1986. We should expect elected officials to be responsible in their decisions, and as voters, we should pay enough attention to what they’re doing that we hold them accountable ourselves when we see something we don’t like.
Maybe once in U.S. history, these kinds of pledges were necessary. I have my doubts, but let’s just say it was that way once. Well, it’s not anymore.
Grover and his pledge is kind of like that old suitcase you own without wheels that’s held together with duct tape. You lug that thing around for years and then one day a cool sleek backpack model with wheels catches your eye. You know if you just traded in that old clunker for the new model, you’d be able to maneuver and get around easier.
It’s time for GOP elected officials to buy the new model. . . it’s time for Grover’s pledge to go.