Dave Weigel reports from Grover “Drown Government In A Bathtub” Norquist:
In my conversation with ATR’s Grover Norquist, he made the counter-intuitive argument that “Republicans will lose Jewish votes by focusing on a mosque in New York.”
“You’re not just going to lose Muslim votes,” said Norquist, who has long argued that Republicans should win those voters. “You’re going to lose Jewish votes, Indian votes, Buddhist votes. Every member of a minority group looks at a situation like this and says, oh, the people hitting this minority will eventually start hitting me.”
Norquist dismissively referred the the mosque controversy as a “shiny object,” saying that it, and the Arizona immigration law, would distract Republicans from the winning issues of the economy and the Obama record and give Democrats outs, by handing them wedge issues to oppose the administration on. (We talked before Harry Reid came out against building the mosque near ground zero.)
“It’s a 70-30 issue that any Democrat can jump on the 70 percent side of,” said Norquist.
Of course, if not for the Democratic chickenshits, Norquist would have been just as happy to keep spinning the ‘Obama, sekrit Muslin’ phantasy — but at least we’d be on the side of reason and history. You’d think Harry Reid would know enough Mormon history not to jump on the “throw the [minority religion du jour] down the well” hysteria-wagon. Hell, you’d think that idiot Peter King would remember as far back as the anti-Irish-Catholic bigotry that our mainstream media was so eager to use against JFK. Way to give the Republicans another weapon, guys!