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The Emperor's New Show

James Campion | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
James Campion

Those are the sounds a man makes when he no longer has to run for office. It is powerful, even majestic, if not terrifying. Makes the most fearless among us truly understand the lofty position of the end game. It rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

The Reign of Norquist Ends With a Whimper

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

The central error of his anti-tax pledge is that it mistook policy for principle. That less government is better is a principle. But "no new taxes ever" is a mere policy choice.

Grover Norquist and World War II

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Blind devotion to the pledge really has only one little flaw. It doesn't recognize that we are not stuck in time, that the world changes, and that we must respond to these shifts.

Candidate Attacks 'Zombies'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

A Democratic candidate for governor of New Hampshire released a new commercial Friday describing candidates who commit to the state's famous "anti-tax...

Grover Norquist - Standing on Principle

Lanny Davis | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I like and respect Grover Norquist. Despite the many matters on which I disagree with him, I respect his consistent, deeply held belief in limited gov...

The GOP Pledge Drive

Will Durst | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

Anybody who plans on getting up close and personal with a Republican candidate in the near future might want to carry an oath-repelling umbrella because pledges are raining down like frog parts after a methane gas explosion in the amphibian wing of an aquarium.

Isn't It Ironic When Politicians Parade Their Faith but Act Unchristian?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I cannot find any passage in the Bible that says: "Oh Ye Faithful: The poor shall sacrifice so that the rich may retain their wealth," but that appears to be the fundamental policy of the fundamentalists.

I Want My America Back -- not the Tea Party's America

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Yes, the deficit must be reduced, waste eliminated, spending curtailed, and entitlements reviewed and probably reduced, but we need a government that operates by compromise not coercion.

Do Political Pledges Constitute Illegal Vote Buying?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

In my opinion, committing to special interest political pledges is a violation of a politician's congressional oath of office which they take "without any mental reservation". Commitment to dearly held political beliefs is to be commended; but swearing blind allegiance to them is not.

Homeless Veterans Should Not Be "On the Table"

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

In respect to efforts to reduce the debt and the deficit, members of Congress constantly insist that "everything is on the table." Of course, that is not true.

Howard Fineman

Are GOP Presidential Candidates Rethinking The No-Tax Pledge?

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's Grover time in the GOP, which has nothing to do with "Sesame Street" and everything to do with Jon Huntsman's effort to distinguish...