Norquist denied!

I don’t mean to be blasphemous here, but reading this little exchange between Luke Russert of NBC and Speaker of the House John Boehner, I was reminded of an event in the New Testament. Here’s what happened:

NBC’s Luke Russert had a good question for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) at his weekly press conference this morning: is Grover Norquist a positive influence on Republicans?

Boehner, apparently unwilling to answer, replied, “It’s not often I’m asked about some random person.”

Hmm. I am reminded of this:

69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”

71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”

73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”

74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed.

75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

Not to say Norquist has any godlike characteristics, but the Republican Party does treat his words as gospel. It’s a little amusing that Boehner would call him a “random person.”


  1. If only Grover Norquist were just some “random person” (like me) who could be easily ignored by the powers-that-be. I somehow suspect that Uncle Grover gave John a note allowing him to say this. They’ll be laughing about that over cocktails later on, though.

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