The G-man is at it again, making the news and stirring up controversy.
At the top of the list this morning is a damning piece at American Thinker by Clare Lopez and David Reaboi in which Norquist, along with his “beautiful Muslim” wife, is linked to the anti-Israel Iran Lobby. (Hat tip: Judy)
From American Thinker:
A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released this week shows that Iran has made considerable progress in its nuclear weapons program. This alarming move toward a deliverable nuclear capability also demonstrates the dangerous consequences of the efforts-from 2007 through at least 2010-by a group of Washington anti-Israel activists and lobbyists who went to bat for the Islamic Republic through an organization known as the Campaign for a New American Policy for Iran (CNAPI).
This report is about the ways that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) supported CNAPI activities, through support for a second organization, the American Conservative Defense Alliance (ACDA), a founder and leader of the CNAPI campaign. The policies for which CNAPI lobbied became the do-nothing Iranian policies of the Obama campaign in 2008 and of the Obama administration to the present day: no support for the Iranian Green movement and Iranian democracy activists, few or no economic sanctions, and no military option. And advocacy for unconditional negotiations, as Obama had advocated during the 2008 campaign.
The report first describes all the connections among Norquist’s ATR, and the lobbying groups ACDA and CNAPI — and then why those connections created dangerous consequences for national security.
Read the whole article to learn about Palestinian Samah Norquist’s role.
Lopez and Reaboi conclude with this:
As Washington’s Iran policy is in shambles — and the Obama administration seems more concerned with limiting Israeli self-defense than halting the Iranian nuclear program — Americans should not forget the inside the Beltway pressure from the “Iran Lobby” advocates, including the support for their activities from Republican activist Grover Norquist.
In light of Iran’s increased belligerence towards Israel and the West, and the global understanding that the regime suppresses democratic revolution by shooting its critics in the streets, concerned citizens at both ends of the political spectrum should ask Grover Norquist why he has not repudiated his earlier support for ACDA and ACDA’s partnerships.
Norquist making waves (dividing the GOP) around the country.
The Colorado Springs Gazette says in “Jihad in the local GOP” that there is no evidence to support the claim that Norquist is an Islamist. And, besides, says the editorial, he has a “beautiful Muslim” wife. Maybe someone should send the Gazette editor the American Thinker piece.
It turns out that Norquist’s speaking engagements are becoming increasingly controversial. Here Norquist was the featured speaker at a Colorado Republican Party event and some Republicans urged a boycott. This is from an editorial on Friday from the Gazette (I have no idea how the dinner actually turned out):
The Norquist visit has become a controversy, but not on the left. It has created a rift among Republicans. David Williams, vice chair of the El Paso County Republican Party, sent mass emails that encourage a boycott of his own organization’s event. State Sen. Kent Lambert and his predecessor, Dave Schultheis, are also promoting the boycott.
In play is a conspiracy theory that casts Norquist as an ally of Islamic Jihadists. That’s because Norquist assists Muslims who try to liberate markets and promote capitalism. The suspicions of conspiracy theorists are elevated by Norquist’s marriage to a beautiful Muslim woman — never mind that she’s a devoted conservative who used to head the Islamic Free Market Institute.
“It’s a political hatchet job by people trying to make names for themselves,” said Bremmer. “There’s about as much evidence that George W. Bush was involved in the 9/11 attacks as there is evidence supporting these claims against Grover.”
Fortunately, this effort at Republican self-sabotage has backfired. The local party had sold more than twice the tickets anticipated for Norquist’s speech as of Friday.
Dump Norquist says Joseph Farah yesterday at World Net Daily:
Grover Norquist is not a conservative true believer. He may have been at one time. But he is no longer – that’s for certain. Maybe, like other politicians, he’s just been around Washington too long.
Here’s the scorecard you should consider:
He’s shockingly pro-Islamist and has used his well-developed connections in Washington to spread the tentacles of stealthy jihad through the corridors of power, including the White House.
He’s is unashamedly pro-perversion, given his position on the advisory board of GOProud.
And he is a phony economic conservative who helped mislead tea-party Republicans in control of the House of Representatives this year giving Obama all the money he needed to keep destroying the free-enterprise system through the end of his term.
What am I missing here?
It’s time to dump Grover Norquist – dump him from the ACU board, dump him from the NRA board and dump him as the economic guru of the conservative movement and Republican Party.
For the life of me, I can’t even figure out why the left hates him so. He’s much more of an ally than they know.
Farah doesn’t mention it, but Norquist is also for Open Borders.
Norquist gives Romney a thumbs up!
We previously reported that Grover Norquist was in the Perry camp, but now that it appears that Perry’s chances are slim to none, he is making noises in support of Romney. By the way, he would surely not support Gingrich after their very angry exchanges over the Ground Zero Mosque (Gingrich opposed it and Norquist was a leading supporter), nor would he support a wild card like Cain. I say wild card because Cain likely will not go-along-to-get-along with the Washington Republican insiders like Norquist.
Here is Norquist on Romney:
The next Republican presidential nominee need not be a conservative purist with a completely consistent record on issues important to the right, says influential anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
“We’re not looking for a fearless leader,” Norquist told me in an interview. “We’re not choosing a leader of the party. We know where the party is going.”
WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A FEARLESS LEADER! (WHO SAYS!) And, “we” know where the party is going? Really?