A Few Words in Defense of Grover Norquist and Dick Armey
I see what Mark Wuerker is illustrating with this cartoon — which portrays Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist and FreedomWorks’s Dick Armey shedding business suits and old placards. But I’m confused as to what “warrentless wiretaps,” “all power to the prez,” and “suspend habeas corpus” placards are doing on there. Both Norquist and, later, Armey, were among the few powerful, vocal critics of the Bush administration’s abuse of the Constitution. So was David Keene, still president of the CPAC-sponsoring American Conservative Union.
Perhaps the speed with which their old statements has vanished down the memory hole says something about the hopelessness of their cause, but that’s no reason to deny them credit for their principled stands, which won them some enemies on the right.