If Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist wanted to spread a conservative message of fiscal discipline and the restraint of government I doubt he’d be a welcome guest on a progressive radio show. But if he’s attacking Senator Ted Cruz, well then, he’s got some new friends on the left.
“I have never had a criticism of Ted Cruz’s strategy because I’ve never been able to find it,” Norquist said Monday night on Sirius XM’s Standup with Pete Dominick, according to a report in The Daily Beast. Dominick is a reliably progressive radio host who hosts his show on the liberal POTUS network on Sirius XM. The Daily Beast is similarly liberal, having dropped notions of objectivity when Tina Brown killed the Newsweek arm of the publication.
Norquist’s staffers have engaged in a deliberative Twitter campaign against Cruz and the Tea Party movement. Ryan Ellis, the tax policy director for Norquist’s downtown Washington, D.C., organization, recently attacked the National Review’s Andrew Johnson on Twitter. “hey look, the idiot from NRO who thinks shutting down the govt defunds obamacare is attacking me, too,” Ellis tweeted, referencing a story Johnson posted onNational Review’s website including a tweet showing he views Sen. Cruz as a “despicable man who lies to good people.”
Ellis also called Tea Partiers “freaking retarded.”
“I’ve gotta tell you, man, I’m starting to think these tea party activists are freaking retarded,” Ellis said in one of the tweets Johnson posted, directed at right-of-center writer David Freddoso.
I keep hearing about how Republicans need to unify in their fight against Obamacare and the rest of the progressive agenda. Then I see something like this, or Mitch McConnell saying he’s going to fight against the base of the party, and I can’t help but think that these types believe “unity” means that conservatives just fall in line with their agenda. Isn’t that what the Democrats do? I get the disagreements about strategy, but it seems that it’s the establishment types that are constantly on the attack against conservatives.