At least that’s what’s implied when the former president said “who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?” in an interview by Parade Magazine when talking about the tax pledge a lot of candidates sign when they need to add yet another endorsement to their push card:
Thoughts on the “no new tax” pledge from Grover Norquist.
PARADE: During your presidency you gave in on your “no new taxes” pledge. You’ve been vindicated in many respects for that decision. I wonder how you view the “no new tax” pledge from Grover Norquist that seems to be requisite for GOP political candidates.
GB: The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like. The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s—who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?
BB: I think he ought to go back to Alaska. [laughs] Don’t quote me! [A reference to a comment Mrs. Bush made about Sarah Palin in a 2010 interview, in which she said, “I think she’s very happy in Alaska—and I hope she’ll stay there.”]
So, you have a former Republican president, who will probably be best known for his infamous “no new taxes” line, talking about the rigidity of a tax pledge and how it’s seemingly a bad thing that it’s not more flexible. What say you? Are tax pledges (and the other pledges candidates sign) useful and/or influence your vote during a primary or general election?