All six Republican members of the Super-Committee have signed the Grover Norquist pledge, committing themselves not to raise taxes. And all eight of the Republican Presidential candidates in the Iowa debate said they’d oppose a deficit-reduction package weighted 10-to-1 cuts to revenues. No doubt the absent Rick Perry will say the same.
This is, of course, where the Tea Party is. But it’s not where the country is. Barry Goldwater’s link to the John Birch Society – the forebear of the Tea Parties – was the kiss of death for his White House aspirations. But this year’s crop of Republican candidates – like the Republican Party on Capitol Hill – is far more deeply in the grip of extremism than Goldwater ever was.