Heard on the Hill: Grover Norquist — Better Safe Than Sorry

Posted November 14, 2011 at 9:22pm

It is well-known that Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, keeps hard copies of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his office safe.

What is less widely known is, um, why exactly would he do that.

“The key part of the pledge is that there are thousands of copies of each pledge,” Norquist tells HOH. “They are shared in campaigns. They are online. They are easily available to all voters, candidates [and] challengers.”

Well, that’s exactly it. With so many copies and with the advent of the World Wild Web, is a fireproof safe a necessary part of holding lawmakers accountable?

“We keep originals in a fireproof safe so they cannot be accidentally destroyed,” he explains. “In an Internet world, that is probably not all that necessary, but we didn’t want to lose any originals.”

Fair enough. Also, probably helpful to have them because we hear the Interwebs can be easily manipulated.

“I had not thought of phony Internet postings, but keeping the originals protects against some possible problems there.”

Folks, this is just another example of HOH helping.