Norquist Loses His Grip

Anti-tax promoter Grover Norquist is losing his vice-like grip on the Republican party. The head of Americans for Tax Reform, who as recently as last year counted 238 members of the House and 41 members of the Senate among those who had signed his anti-tax pledge, has seen those numbers decline to 217 in the House, one shy of the 218 needed for a majority, and 39 in the Senate. Both totals represent an all-time low. Last Wednesday, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) disavowed his pledge not to raise taxes, even as he acknowledged doing so could hurt his reelection chances in 2014. “I don’t worry about that because I care too much about my country,” he said. “I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist.” Americans might not like seeing their taxes go up, but Grover Norquist’s fall from grace has its benefits: as he goes down, so goes his pro-Islamist agenda.

That agenda was laid bare by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) in a speech on the House floor, October 4, 2011. “My conscience has compelled me to come to the floor today to voice concerns I have with the influence Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has on the political process in Washington,” said Wolf. “My issue is not with ATR’s goal of keeping taxes low..My concern is with the other individuals, groups, and causes with whom Mr. Norquist is associated that have nothing to do with keeping taxes low.”

Wolf mentioned Norquist’s “association and representation” of terrorist financier and vocal Hamas supporter Abdurahman Alamoudi, and terrorist financier Sami Al-Arian. In 2004, Alamoudi, one of the most prominent and influential Muslim Brothers in the United States, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for supporting terror. Alamoudi, a self-described supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, had cultivated ties with the Clinton White House that eventually enabled him and his associates to select, train and certify Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military. Fearing a loss by Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, Alamoudi befriended Norquist to ensure his access to senior levels of the U.S. government would be maintained, if Republicans took charge. He gave Norquist $20,000 to establish the Islamic Free Market Institute, and Alamoudi’s longtime deputy, Khaled Saffuri, became the founding director.

Norquist and Saffuri eventually became an integral part of the Bush administration’s Muslim outreach efforts during the 2000 campaign, with Saffuri named as Muslim Outreach Coordinator. During that campaign, Bush was also introduced to Sami Al-Arian. In 2006, Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to provide support to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

Wolf illuminated the bigger picture of that relationship, noting that Norquist was an “outspoken supporter of Al-Arian’s effort to end the use of classified evidence in terror trials.” Al-Arian ran the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF), and Norquist supported their efforts to weaken or repeal the Patriot Act as well, despite the terrorist atrocities perpetrated on 9/11. Wolf also revealed that Norquist “was scheduled to lead a delegation to the White House on September 11, 2001, that included a convicted felon and some who would later be identified by federal law enforcement as suspected terrorist financiers.” One of the members of that delegation was Omar Ahmed, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR was named an un-indicted co-conspirator when the Holy Land Foundation was convicted of sending million of dollars in funding to Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations.

Another relationship Norquist cultivated was with Suhail Khan, who has ties to a variety of Islamist movements. Khan’s father, the late Mahboob Khan, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and one of the founders of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), whose anti-Semitic activities at American colleges has been documented on numerous occasions by FrontPage, including their latest attempt to organize a divestment campaign against Israel at the University of California, Irvine.

In 2007, Norquist promoted Suhail Khan’s candidacy for election to the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) board of directors. He was subsequently appointed. In 2012, at an irregular meeting of that organization, the board voted to dismiss accusations made against both him and Norquist by Frank Gaffney, head of the Center for Security Policy and a former defense official in the Reagan administration. Gaffney has been hammered by the ACU and others for suggesting that the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood reached the highest levels of the U.S. government, despite the reality that it was Gaffney who drew attention to Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami Al-Arian, both of whom ended up as convicted felons for their terrorist activity. Yet it is Gaffney’s credibility that has been called into question for daring to draw attention to Norquist’s unseemly activity.

Wolf also pointed out that Norquist was “an outspoken advocate for moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States,” and “led a public campaign to undermine Republican-led efforts to block the Obama Administration’s transfer of 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheik Mohammed to New York City” in 2009. In 2010, Norquist inserted himself into the Ground Zero Mosque controversy, which he characterized as a “Monica Lewinsky ploy,” distracting from the core Republican message heading into the 2010 elections. Yet according to Wolf, Norquist “used Americans for Tax Reform to circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’” completely undermining his own contention that the issue was a distraction.

For years, Grover Norquist’s reputation as a staunch anti-tax advocate has overshadowed his dubious associations with Islamists, and anyone who has dared to criticize him for those associations has drawn rebuke from both sides of the aisle. Thus, it is more than a little ironic that his ability to influence Republicans with respect to taxes is waning, even as Islamists, most notably Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, who are attempting to establish a dictatorship in Egypt, are becoming ever more powerful.

Sen. Chambliss isn’t the only Republican distancing himself from Norquist. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH) has referred to him as “some random person.” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) noted that “fewer and fewer people are signing this, quote, pledge.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK.) called the pledge a “tortured vision of tax purity.” House newcomer Rep. Ted Yoho, (R-FL), who declined to sign the pledge, was sarcastic. “I’ll pledge allegiance to the flag. I’ll pledge to be faithful to my wife,” he quipped.

Yet it was Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who best summed up the growing rebellion. “A pledge is good at the time you sign it,” he said. “In 1941, I would have voted to declare war on Japan. But each Congress is a new Congress. And I don’t think you can have a rule that you’re never going to raise taxes or that you’re never going to lower taxes. I don’t want to rule anything out.”

Republicans can resist raising taxes without signing a pledge, should they choose to do so for the good of the nation. Yet without the pledge Grover Norquist has long wielded like a hammer, his leverage among Republicans is precipitously diminished. Considering his dubious ties to Islamists and their agenda, that’s more than a reasonable tradeoff.

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  • Mary Sue

    Good grief what is wrong with this Norquist guy? Sounds like he's been duped with purple koolaid.

    • davarino

      No, he's just a muslim and so is his wife. Lovely, this "diversity" we have fostered here in America. It makes us so much better as a nation.

      • voice of reason

        Dude, What? It's a good thing you are not in charge of manufacturing pennies, cause you are not making ANY cents!

        • DHR

          In 2004, at age 48, he married a Palestinian Muslim named Samah Alrayyes,
          a Kuwaiti PR specialist
          who was formerly a director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
          .
          No wonder the Uma Abedin story fell flat for the repubs ☻

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Good grief what is wrong with this Norquist guy? Sounds like he's been duped with purple koolaid."

      Politicians are easier to dupe with the likes of OPEC ready to grease the skids.

  • Chezwick

    Norquist married a Muslim woman. According to Islamic law, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man. Either his wife has repudiated Islam and is an apostate, or Grover has secretly converted to Islam. Considering his associations, why do I suspect it is the latter?

    • Goemon

      Like Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner. And Huma and Hillary (some say). Then there is that Islamist extraordinaire Obama married to Michelle and I see no burqa on her.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Like Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner"

        After Wiener broadcast his and she basically caved in and said "no problem," I became convinced that he's a beard for her completely manufactured marriage that exists to facilitate her entry in to American government positions of power.

        "And Huma and Hillary (some say)."

        She might sleep with Hilary for the same reasons, I don't know about that one.

        "Then there is that Islamist extraordinaire Obama married to Michelle and I see no burqa on her."

        It's even easier for a Muslim man to marry anyone they want and present her in any way they want. It basically doesn't matter because if she's non-Muslim, she's just a different class of slave than his Muslim wife or wives.

    • Questions

      Reality check: Grover had been pro-Islamic well before his marriage. Check out his article in the June 2001 issue of The American Spectator arguing that Muslim voters put Bush over the top in the 2000 presidential election. It was a highly selective reading of dubious polling data. Yet Norquist had no problems deducing from this that the nation needed more Islamic immigration. Three months later we saw the consequences of such immigration.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        That might be true, but that doesn't negate anything we've said. Being "pro-Islamic" in politics before 911 was not quite the same as it became as more facts became more widely available. We have people translating Arabic on a regular basis and it is relatively easy to find out for example what the king of Saudi Arabia or the Muslim Brotherhood would like to do with the US constitution. That was not very easy before 911.

        Having said that, I certainly respect the watchmen on the wall more than I do the OPEC suckers like Jimmy Carter and his kind. As for the Johnny come latelies, I judge each on their individual cases.

    • Mary Sue

      wowwwwwwwww.

      Western men are idiots if they marry (devoutly) Muslim women…

      • Chezwick

        Unfortunately, Mary Sue, such mixed marriages are more often than not Western women marrying Muslim men. I'm not sure what the impetus is. My guess is that the main one is simply the inability of some women to find a Western man. A darker motive might be masochism.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Western men are idiots if they marry (devoutly) Muslim women…"

        But it's very easy for them to play the victim, which makes the men feel like heroes. They won't find out the bad news until it's too late, and the truth is most of the time the women really do want out of their situation.

        Muslim women are owned either by their father or their husband, unless they can manage to marry a husband who empowers them as an equal. There's lots of motive therefore to try to appeal to those men who will enter such a bargain.

    • 11bravo

      He does have a nice little jihadi stubble on his face Aye?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        That's funny. Must be the wife's influence.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Norquist married a Muslim woman. According to Islamic law, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man. Either his wife has repudiated Islam and is an apostate, or Grover has secretly converted to Islam. Considering his associations, why do I suspect it is the latter?"

      Perhaps so, or he's being manipulated on at least 2 fronts, money and the bedroom.

  • Goemon

    "Islamic Free Market Institute", LOL!!!! That's some quality taqiyya there. Saturday Night Live ought to do a skit on that one.

  • davarino

    Sounds just like that Showtime TV series Homeland. Thanks repubs for calling this one out. Your like a bunch of whimps afraid of your own shadow. Show us that you still have a pair before we all decide to throw you out.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Your like a bunch of whimps afraid of your own shadow."

      What the F are you babbling about? You want to throw me out of where? Where does this take place? Let's see if you have a pair by naming it.

  • Chiggles

    Is there no way to get this Norquisling guy off the NRA's board of directors? What's he doing on it in the first place?

    • LibertarianToo

      "Norquisling" –I like it!

  • Demetrius M

    Sheep in wolf's clothing.

  • R.C.

    So good to see the truth about the Muslim Grover Norquist–he is an evil man working to destroy America!

  • voice of reason

    Muslim, Muslim, Muslim… Blah Blah Blah. I'm certainly no supporter of Norquist, but your stoopid argument that grover wants to destroy America because he's married to a muslim is about as credible as the righties claiming Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya… Idiots!

    • Mary Sue

      It doesn't matter if he's married to a muslim; that is merely the symptoms, not the cause, of his mental disorder (appeasing Islam).

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I'm certainly no supporter of Norquist, but your stoopid argument that grover wants to destroy America because he's married to a muslim is about as credible as the righties claiming Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya… Idiots!"

      Actually the problem here is your poor reading comprehension. It's likely why you're a communist. Objective facts matter, and you focused on trivia. Are you a deceiver or just very limited intellectually?

      Typical fascist communist, starting with your doublespeak username.

  • cynthiacurran

    Grover also wanted to legalized all illegal immirgants not just the children and wanted endless guest worker programs. It always wanted to cut taxes but wanted to import people that had low skills and if they had kids at least qualify for free and reduce lunch programs. Grover and Islam and Rove and hispanics at leas the latter is less likely to wanted to killed americans, oh well.

  • cynthiacurran

    Tom Coburn is influencial since Mitt ROmey won Ok by 67 percent and Ok and some other states that are now supermajority Republican will take away Grover's influence with some Texas politcians like Rick Perry.

  • cynthiacurran

    gROVER THE pIG, PEOPLE ARE THE RIGHT NEED TO WAKE UP, gROVER DOESN'T WANT TO BE TAXES SINCE HE DOES FIT THE LEFT STEROTYPE HE WANTS TO BE NOTHING AND REDUE THE US TO A SECOND RATE DEFENSE AND WANTS EVERY IMMIRGANT TO COME IN HERE BY THE mILLIONS.

  • cynthiacurran

    Governor Gary Johnson will be hosting an on-line Town Hall with a very special guest, Grover Norquist. Grover Norquist is a conservative activist, and founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He is best known as the promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, which was signed by 95% of all Republican Congressmen and all but one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, to oppose increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses, as well as net reductions or eliminations of deductions and credits without a matching reduced tax rate. Grover is also buddies with Gary Johnson.

    To participate in the online town hall go to: http://www.GaryJohnson2012.com

    For more information click here

  • cynthiacurran

    Ron Paul is the most consequential guy running for president," said Grover Norquist, an anti-tax activist and Republican organizer. "All the other guys are basically saying the same things, and one gets to be the nominee. But Ron Paul has changed the nature of the modern Republican Party and brought into it discussions not only of non-interventionist overseas policy but monetary policy." Buddies also with Ron Paul.

    Norquist addressed Paul's alternative 2008 convention and calls it "one of the McCain era's tactical errors" not to embrace the congressman and his supporter base that year — in effect discounting a potentially energized group of campaign volunteers. He said Paul, unlike his rivals, was drawing new people to the GOP, just as Pat Robertson helped lure millions of evangelical voters into the party with his 1988 presidential bid and the tea party movement attracted more activists in 2010.

    "I hope to be there to watch [Paul] speak from the main stage in prime time" at the 2012 GOP convention, Norquist said.

  • tyroneb

    Islam is a vile nasty death cult, but they had nothing todo with 9-11.
    Can anyne tell me why
    wtc fell on 9-11?