In many ways, Grover Norquist, via his Washington power broker status and weekly center-right coalition meetings, is a chairman of the conservative movement. In the fiercest storms of internecine fighting, Norquist closely follows the 11th Commandment — unless a Republican raises taxes, in which case all bets are off.
Apparently Norquist is headlining the Log Cabin Republicans’ fundraiser tomorrow night. And boy, nothing gets social conservatives madder than a chairman of the conservative movement fraternizing with the intraparty enemy. The Family Research Council takes Norquist to task in its daily email today:
Because of our relationship we have voiced our concern directly with Mr. Norquist over his apparent support of this anti-family group. We pointed out to Mr. Norquist that some of the funds raised would be plowed into Log Cabin’s fight against the pro-marriage amendment on the ballot next month in Texas.
Grover has spent years working to assemble a coalition of fiscal and social conservatives and his decision to aid those who are trying to destroy the institution of marriage is truly a disappointment and will no doubt split this important coalition. As social conservatives we remain committed to the country’s fiscal and social well-being; we have tolerance neither for increasing taxes nor marginalizing marriage. If only that commitment ware mutual.
The establishment versus the believers, the economic conservatives versus the social cons. Could this fight take on another dimension?