I hope Norquist’s library provides him lots of memories of his glory days once his influence is stopped. I hope he reads this blog and others like it, and smirks with self confidence that little people like me, a simple housewife with a blog, can’t possibly have any impact in taking down a lobbying giant. I hope that smirk is slowly but surely wiped off his face as he watches Republicans who care more about the country than Norquist’s threats renounce him. I hope.
Norquist likes reading about himself. In his headquarters’ library, opposite the 100-plus copies of his own book (“Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives”), are shelves reserved for tomes in which he is quoted. A hallway is lined with framed newspaper and magazine stories about him. One is in Japanese. In his executive office, decorated with a green lava lamp, a Janis Joplin poster (“a high point of Western civilization,” he said) and stuffed “Sesame Street” Grover dolls, another floor-to-ceiling bookcase holds titles including a 1994 comic book called “Taxpayers’ Tea Party” in which he is depicted. He plucked a copy of Ralph Nader’s“Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us” out of the stacks, because, he said, “I’m a major character in it.” The green tags on the pages, he explained, mark every time his persona appears.