TPM: Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) unleashed a verbal fusillade on Anti-Tax Guru Grover Norquist Tuesday, calling him out as the main political force behind Washington gridlock.

Wolf took the House floor to lambaste Norquist’s pledge, a promise not to raise taxes that all but six Republicans in Congress have signed, accusing him of using it to advance other pet issues that most Republicans – if not most voters – do not support.

In addition, Wolf excoriated Norquist for his associations with “unsavory people and groups out of the mainstream”….

Wolf specifically highlighted Norquist’s connections to disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his lobbying on behalf of Fannie Mae. “Mr. Abramoff essentially laundered money through ATR, and Mr. Norquist knew it,” Wolf said.

But Wolf also took Norquist to task for pre-9/11 lobbying of behalf of Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is serving 23 years in jail for his ties to terrorists, and Sami Al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to help a “designated terrorist” organization….

…. After his remarks on the House floor, Wolf submitted a report to the official House record that detailed a litany of problems he has with Norquist’s clients, causes and stands. One particularly inflammatory line reads: “Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.”

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Thanks desertflower

34 Responses to “crikey”

  1. 1 carol in ky
    October 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Crikey is right!! We need to send this man a medal 🙂

  2. 2 CTGirl
    October 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Speak the truth and shame the devil! He did just that! Bring it to the light!

  3. 3 Andogriff
    October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Good for Mr. Wolf, perhaps some Repubs are starting to see the writing on the wall. I hope so, anyway! Thanks for the article Ms. Chips, and also to desertflower.

    • 4 FTL
      October 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      It does seem that some of them are beginning to see that they have cut their nose off to spite their face. At least that is what I hope. I think that this is why they are so quiet right now they know they are in deep doo doo. They do not have a candidate who can win, even if Crisco Christie did decide to run, and they probably feel that most of their asses are gone next year weather President Obama stays or not. I do believe he will win and win big time. I always knew he would do 8 years.

    • 5 desertflower
      October 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Send it to everyone you know! This HAS to stop.

  4. 7 ChristiMtl
    October 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    It’s about time! Good for him

    I’m watching the debate between candidates for the US Senate in Massachusetts, to watch Elizabeth Warren mostly.

    I don’t like Marisa DeFranco, she bashed the President a few times.
    The host asked if the President made a mistake extending the Bush tax cuts.
    She said he got rolled, capitulated.

    A few got the right answer, a vote should have been done before the elections.
    Elizabeth Warren didn’t answer directly.
    She said that the Bush tax cuts for the top earners are a mistake but she didn’t blame the President like Marisa DeFranco did.

    It’s very different than a R debate.

  5. 8 vero804
    October 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Alex Wagner is a joke. She thinks attacking Cantor by name is “punching down” and “somehow demeaning the office of the presidency.” Gimme a break. So, where does the president punch? If Cantor is the one in the way, then the president must call him out. I’m so tired of MSM not allowing the president and the Democrats to CALL THE REPUBLICANS OUT. They are the ones in the way. They are deliberately halting our recovery. We really need to call them out, loudly and consistently.

    • 9 FTL
      October 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      I was just thinking that vero804. First she was saying “he has to be tough” “he needs to push back”. Now when he does it looks bad? She must not know that he is the one running things not Bonehead.

    • 10 anniebella
      October 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Alex Wagner wouldn’t say this kind of stuff on Rev. Al’s show,

      • 11 HZ
        October 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm

        Always remember,if Alex Wagner was that smart, she would be sitting where POB is now sitting and will be sitting again after his 2012 re-election. She is an empty dress or whatever she wears. HZ

    • 12 bootoomee
      October 5, 2011 at 6:20 am

      Alex Wagner is not a joke, she’s an idiot. Considering that the POTUS is the most powerful man in the world, the only way he can “punch up” is to attack God the Almighty!

      These so called journalists and talking heads really just blab on about stupid stuff. You can only fight what is in your opposition. Cantor is it so please, please, please Mr President, don’t let that fool off!

      And to Alex Wagner and other morons who criticise the POTUS for this patriotic act: FUCK OFF!!!

    • 14 Fred
      October 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      well I’ll be damned 😯 😯

      • 15 Ladyhawke
        October 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

        Since we are on the topic of pledges, it gives me yet another opportunity to post this excellent article in the New York Times. Some folks may have missed it. As far as I am concerned, the pledges are in direct conflict with the oath of office. I really would love to see more focus on this. There Republicans run for office and then immediately surrender their judgement to some group or person outside of the government. If they are so anti-government, why would we want them running it. As Rep Wolf said, the ATR pledge is “paralyzing Congress”:



        That pledge is the single biggest reason the federal government is now on the edge of default. Its signers will not allow revenues in a deal to raise the debt ceiling.


  6. 17 FTL
    October 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    It is so funny how much time it takes the msm to speak about something I have seen here a couple of days or heck even several days ago.

    • October 5, 2011 at 1:14 am

      I know FTL. Isn’t it great? I love the feeling that I’m often a step or two ahead of them. Which is one reason I don’t pay any attention to them.

  7. 19 FTL
    October 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Ala Faux news and Jesse Lagreca.

  8. October 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Well, what I’ve felt is long overdue (about three years overdue) is a Truth Commission in this country. We may have not been truly ready for it in 2008, but we’ve gone through enough that we may be *almost* there.

    We need the plain, clear truth on:

    –The Wars (and the war profiteers)
    –The Financial Crash (Wall Street and other robber barons)
    –The Health Insurance Industry (vultures)
    –The Housing Crisis (vultures)
    –The Education Industry and Education Loan Racket (vultures)
    –The Attack on Voting Rights (unconstitutional vultures)
    –The Attack on Women (unconstitutional, disgusting, sexist vultures)
    –The Religious Right (hypocritical white-washed tombs, sexually repressed oppresors, and money-changers Jesus would cast out of the temple)

    We *may* just be ready to hear the Truth.

    • 21 JoJothecat
      October 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      …..and some people need to go to jail like the folks at Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan, and Moodys.

    • 23 vero804
      October 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      I completely agree. For me, once it became obvious that the American people are completely turned around and don’t know what’s going on, and are willing to reward the GOP for their craziness due to this confusion, I have felt that the president and his administration need to just lay it all out there. I think trying to work with the business community, with the Republicans, with the conservadems even, is not working the way we need it to. So, it’s time to just blow spots. Light is the best disinfectant, so it’s time to just put some things out there for us to really see. This Truth Commission sounds like a good idea. They’d probably have to do one issue at a time, so as not to completely blow this country up. But I’m in total agreement with you…it’s time for the plain truth to be put out there.

      • October 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        >>>So, it’s time to just blow spots.<<<

        Yes! While I'm not completely clear on the focus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I do believe this moment can be grasped and used as an opportunity to grab the American people's attention at least on that issue.

        However, unless all this demonstration is not turned into a full airing out, and then action at the ballot box, it won't have the lasting effect we need it to have. I have long wondered why all these union members and other groups on the left simply don't run their own candidates for office — especially at the local level.

  9. 25 utaustinliberal
    October 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Wow. Color me shocked. Crikey is right.

  10. 26 Sue in Minnesota
    October 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I will call Rep Wolf’s office tomorrow to thank him personally. No elected official has any business signing these pledges, they have one obligation and that is to their sworn oarth of office, the constitutuion and the people they serve. Bout time!

    • 27 GGail
      October 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I think we all should congratulate Rep Wolf via call, email or tweet. He deserves an “attaboy”! I know I will in the morning.

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  11. October 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    When the light comes on the roaches run.

  12. 30 lilma
    October 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    This need to be send to all news media outlet, and ask why isn’t this being reported? Why do they fiind it more interesting to report lies about the FLOTUS trip to Africa more important? Since it have nothing to do with the American people directly… I already
    sent it to NBC Chicago, since they like to report/quote judicial watch & matt drudge….

  13. 31 Bobfr
    October 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    GOP Rep F Thomas shreds Norquist (aka Hamas and terrorist supporter) on the House Floor youtu.be/huo1C-Lv-Lo Well Well #PRESSON


  14. 34 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm




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