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November 15, 2012

Is it game over for anti-tax agitator Grover Norquist?

By Amanda Lang

The anti-tax activist's grip on power, even in the GOP, has never been weaker -- just as he faces a critical test | Two meetings in Washington today tell the story of the decline of Grover Norquist, the conservative activist who is seeing his near-iron grip on GOP tax policy over the past two decades slipping. One is Norquist's weekly "Wednesday Meeting," a gathering of "more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders" who plot strategy and coordinate messaging every week. After big losses at the polls in last week's election and a fracturing conservative base just as Congress heads into its most important tax negotiations in years, it's safe to assume that this morning's meeting was tense. There was a time when almost every single elected Republican in Washington and even state capitals would sign Norquist's anti-tax pledge... But now?

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The anti-tax activist's grip on power, even in the GOP, has never been weaker -- just as he faces a critical test | Two meetings in Washington today tell the story of the decline of Grover Norquist, the conservative activist who is seeing his near-iron grip on GOP tax policy over the past two decades slipping. One is Norquist's weekly "Wednesday Meeting," a gathering of "more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders" who plot strategy and coordinate messaging every week. After big losses at the polls in last week's election and a fracturing conservative base just as Congress heads into its most important tax negotiations in years, it's safe to assume that this morning's meeting was tense. There was a time when almost every single elected Republican in Washington and even state capitals would sign Norquist's anti-tax pledge... But now?

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