Republican tax cut guru Grover Norquist has weighed in on the debate over the Boehner deficit reduction plan, suggesting he sees it as a victory on the road to larger spending reductions, according to POLITICO.
“Boehner’s plan is the only way to bring spending down by the same amount the debt ceiling increases – without raising taxes,” Norquist said Wednesday in POLITICO’s Arena. “It is a tremendous win for the forces of limited government.”
“It is not Appomattox. It is Bull Run,” he went on. “It is the beginning skirmish in a long struggle to undo the damage of the last three years in overspending and government growth.”
Norquist, to be sure, is a creature of Washington, and may not have cachet with all the Republican freshman who believe they have come to town to massively reduce spending this year. But Grover is perhaps the nation’s leader symbol of the Republican low-tax, low spending movement, and his support for Boehner will give conservatives cover to reluctantly support the measure.
Boehner’s aggressive courting of House conservatives, who are beginning to fall into line behind the bill, has caused Senate Majority Leader Reid to delay consideration of his own plan.
The Boehner bill, which would cut spending by about the amount needed to raise the debt ceiling through the end of the year and establish a commission to find ways to close the deficit further after that, is rapidly becoming the only game in town.
It will be passed by the House, sullenly trudged through the Senate, and signed by an outraged President Obama, who will claim to be the only adult in town as he holds forth during a White House briefing room hissy fit.