Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Two Schlubs in a Tub

From the guardian:

[Grover] Norquist holds no elected office but is one of the most powerful figures in Washington, head of a lobbying and activist group Americans for Tax Reform. Democrats blame him for the impasse over deficit reduction.

The Democratic senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry described him as the “13th member” of the 12-member congressional super-committee given the task of drawing up a plan to reduce the country’s $15tn national deficit.

Kerry and other Democrats complained that Norquist’s name was repeatedly invoked by the Republicans, and the word “pledge” came up over and over again.

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The committee on Monday confirmed it was unable to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit.


The Democratic co-chair of the committee, Patty Murray, speaking to CNN on Sunday, said: “As long as we have some Republican lawmakers who feel more enthralled with a pledge they took to a Republican lobbyist than they do to a pledge to the country to solve the problems, this is going to be hard to do.”

On Monday, Norquist denied that he was to blame. The problem, he countered, is that the Democrats want higher taxes and that was not up for debate.


In spite of his denial, Norquist holds a lot of sway over Republicans. He has been pressing Republican candidates to sign his lobby group’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge since founding Americans for Tax in 1985. President Reagan signed up the following year.

Today, 238 out of the 242 Republicans in the House have signed the pledge, along with 41 out of the 47 Republican senators. All six Republican members of the supercommittee have signed the pledge. Of the GOP presidential candidates, the only one not to sign the pledge is Jon Huntsman, the most moderate figure in the race.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a powerful lever. If a Republican member of Congress was to vote for tax increases, the pledge can be waved in front of voters – when that member sought re-election – as evidence of hypocrisy. That member of Congress would likely to face a primary challenge.

Norquist hangs on to the signatures decade after decade. For him, the promise is for life, regardless of changes in the country’s economic conditions.


Norquist is a mainstream conservative on issues other than tax and is a director of the board of the National Rifle Association.

On tax, however, it is hard to overstate his hold on the party. Newt Gingrich, currently enjoying a surge in support for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, puts it simply.

Norquist, he says, is “the single most effective conservative activist in the country”.

Grover Norquist:

I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.

Newt Gingrich (to Occupy Wall Street protesters):

Go get a job, right after you take a bath.

Well, you won’t be President, you disgusting bastard, so you had better take a bath and then go get a job.
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45 responses to “Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Two Schlubs in a Tub

  1. elizabeth3hersh

    Relieved to hear that Huntsman did not sign that pledge. ‘The Pledge’ is so antithetical to my way of thinking (which requires/demands elasticity of thought, reason, planning, implementation and collective FAIRNESS).

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Huntsman ♥ ♥ ♥

    P.S. Wouldn’t you know it, I use the ‘sensitive skin – unscented’ (beauty!) version of Chicken Hawk.

    • the pledge is antithetical to the oath of office. those in office are supposed to pledge their loyalty to the constitution, not a lobbyist.

      • elizabeth3hersh


      • leelee

        Grover is so diligently watching out for the taxpayer money, my I say Fox in a Henhouse???? How much is in numbered and off-shore accounts for the Fox???? Wake up middleclass and poor republicans and I know you are out there, only the rich need to look misty-eyed at Mr Fox, he is not in your corner. You are nothing but a vote!!!!

        • hello leelee,

          welcome to the raisin! 😀

          you are correct that people had better beware of mr. fox. not only is he guarding the henhouse, he’s one of the owners, and he’s only trying to protect his own interests (daddy’s money). he doesn’t give a flying crap about this country.

          hope you’ll stop by again soon. 🙂

  2. gregg

    ok nonnie i had no idea this was a porno site. seeing those man boobs and newt and imagining what these two asshats might do to the rubber elephant is too profane for my sensitivities…

    • Moobs! It burns! (insert puking icon 😉 )

    • you don’t want to see what’s under the oil slick! 😯

      • Oh! So that’s what the dark stain on the surface of the bathwater is. I was just about to ask … or assume something much grosser.

        • it didn’t seem right that water those two were soaking in would be pristine and bubbly. it’s actually a combination of 2 pics of oil slicks. the pics looked totally different, so i figured i’d mix them together. i figured that people would probably not identify it as an oil slick, but i hoped it was icky enough so that everyone got the point, even if they couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was floating in or on the water.

  3. I’d have something smart to say, except that Inspired and I just came home from New Jersey. The place sucks and we’re happy to be back in Detroit. Yes, Trenton is worse than Detroit.

    • maggiejean

      Thanks nonnie for to very ugly men in a tub. Yuck.

    • maggiejean

      oops, Neon Vincent. I didn’t mean to attach my comment to you. Hope all went well in Trenton. Did you spend almost 2 weeks there?

      • That’s OK. I don’t mind.

        As for Trenton, things went well until the very end, when we were disappointed. The teabagger got away with his bad behavior. At least my wife and I, along with two of our friends, stood up to him. Just the same, thanks for asking.

    • glad you got home safely. open the windows and try to get the new joisey smell out of your nostrils.

      • We’re glad we’re home safely, too. The trip home was a mess–rain all the way! As for Trenton, it doesn’t smell that bad, even if it looks scary.

        • never been to trenton. we mostly drove through new joisey or shopped there for school clothes once a year (back when clothing was sales tax-free). i stayed with my college roommate and her husband years ago for a few days. i think that was near elizabeth and newark, but i could be wrong.

  4. So, that’s the bathtub. 😦

  5. kids!!! you simply must scroll through this guy’s work. his name is liu bolin, and he’s known as the invisible man of china. amazing!

  6. I hope this lockstep pledge BS equals handing these schlubs their asses on a platter @ election time.

  7. Grover…the disciple that Ronald loved…is an arrogant prick. Saw the 60 Minutes interview and agree with critics that say he is selling protection, a very political form of racketering. Brings to mind one of the old popular phrases from high school: ” Who died and made you God?”

  8. jeb

    Oh yeah, you OWS protesters should go get a bath because the constitution clearly states that you only can have your rights if you practice good hygiene. I’m sure it says that right after the part about how a sock-puppet and tool can wield power over elected officials and hold them accountable instead of having them serve the people.

    The Chicken Hawk won’t work. Industrial lye and wire brushes won’t work. Nothing will get the stench off of those two scumbags.

    • newtie loves to denigrate everyone who doesn’t worship him, but he’s got no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. he can try to rewrite his own history as much as he wants, but he can never make himself likable. he’s arrogant and nasty. he thinks the protesters have a sense of entitlement? i think someone who has a sense of entitlement might be getting blowjobs in his car and not caring who knows while his wife is at home watching his kids.

  9. Snoring Dog Studio

    I just don’t know who I loathe more, Norquist or the many Republicans who decided that “representative” government was bending over and letting a lobbyist do it to them.

  10. See pics like this will cause Jerry Falwell to rise from the dead. …. thankfully not. Oh … on the first debate with Newt leading the way – yep – I didn’t watch – and continue to disregard the GOP candidates as much as possible.

  11. Normally i like your work. But after seein’ that one, I had to run to the toilet and puke, and then fire-up a joint to try a get that image erased from my mind.

  12. Newt Gingrich is one of the most disgusting men I have ever seen.

    What kind of man goes to the hospital to ask his wife for a divorce while she lay battling cancer? Gingrich is a man without a conscience or a soul.

    He could easily be a serial killer had he not found his way to academia and later, the US Congress.

    Newt Gingrich is no more suited to be president than Charles Manson.

  13. Okay, Nonnie: How is this pledge legal? Why can’t a class action suit be brought against Norquist for breaking the “spirit of the law” that brought down the lobbyist, Abramoff? This is like the old “protectia” in my old neighorhood: “pay (in this case ‘sign pledge’) us a fee and we’ll let you stay in business.” I ask again, how is this legal and why are we letting Norquist and the Repubs get away with this? The budget should be balanced by trimming entitlements AND raising taxes. I’m willing to pay more taxes if it will help our country get out of debt, and I’m anything but a millionare. What am I missing here?

    • it’s extortion, but it’s legal extortion. that’s what’s wrong with the system. we have to take the money out of politics, or we might as well just accept that our country is now a corpocracy or a plutocracy. put the koch brothers in the oval office, and burn the voting booths for warmth.

  14. Nonnie: I just found something at a site called: Conservative Version of the ‘The View’ Even Worse Than You Thought If you haven’t spoofed this then you must! Saturday Night Live is sure to pick it up since it features one of their old players who has gone rogue (Victoria Jackson).
    It’s at I’m still trying to find out where it is aired. Yikes!

  15. i think grover’s boobs are bigger than bachmann’s