Grover Norquist’s description of the California Democratic Party as “pathetic” is an indication that he is unaware of the butt-kicking we gave his Republican Party up and down the state of California last November.
California Democrats defeated billionaire Meg Whitman for Governor, multi-millionaire Carly Fiorina for US Senate, the popular Los Angeles County District Attorney for Attorney General, and the rest of the Republican ticket. We even picked up one seat in the state legislature. Any political party in the country would like to be that “pathetic.”
Norquist is using bullyboy tactics against Republican office holders, who are in theory supposed to represent their constituents and not Norquist’s ultra-right, money-making organization. This is exactly what we would expect from the former chief speechwriter for the reactionary United States Chamber of Commerce.
He was so successful with Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” that Republicans lost the House and Gingrich left under a cloud.
He was so successful in helping Arnold Schwarzenegger privatize the CalPERS system that the fund went into the toilet. Even though Grover wants to drown government in the bathtub, which may help him raise funds for himself and his organization, I do not believe that it is the point of view of even conservative Republicans here in California.
Good-government Grover of course worked with the totally discredited convicted criminal Jack Abramoff, and public records allege that his group served as a conduit for funds contributed from Abramoff’s clients to finance “grassroots lobbying campaigns.”
It is not surprising that somebody who supported the illegal effort of Oliver North, which tried to overthrow various governments around the world, would want Republicans to deny their constituents the right to self-determination on any number of issues including increasing revenue to support schools, health, public safety and other measures.
Grover was once quoted as saying when he became 21, he decided nobody learned anything about politics after the age of 21. Clearly the man’s growth has been stunted. His effort to stunt the growth of California makes this plain for all to see.
John Burton is the Chair of the California Democratic Party. He has served as a State Assemblymember, US Congressmember and as President pro Tem of the California State Senate.