The extremist in Wisconsin have had much success this year in flushing anyone from the party who has a history of compromise with the left. One of their victims was Tom Petri, the long serving republican Congressman from the 6th District.
With moderation out the door, the far right republicans in the area all ran to get a crack at his seat. The anti-Government right wing, for some reason, can not ever seem to leave the Government. This would be a significant pay increase, so three people who would starve in the private sector, are all working hard to be the next Congressman from WI. All wanting to go to give Steve King and Louie Gohmert a run for their money in crazy talk.
The three Wisconsinites running on the right for this seat are Joe Leibham, Glenn Grothman and Duey Stroebel(intelligent talent is seriously lacking on the right side of the aisle). Intra party primaries can bring some tension and this one is no different.
All three of these far right wingers are fighting over who was the first to sign Grover Norquist's blood oath.
On Monday, Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) issued a press release saying he was the first candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge from Americans for Tax Reform.
It tells you how far to the right that these people are that they actually brag about signing their own free thoughts and votes away to Pennsylvania resident Norquist. Announcing to the Wisconsin residents of the 6th district that they are bit players in the "I need more taxpayer money" roulette that these three are playing.
For those of you wondering who Grover Norquist is, he is of these famous quotes:
Our goal is to inflict pain. It is not good enough to win; it has to be a painful and devastating defeat. We're sending a message here. It is like when the king would take his opponent's head and spike it on a pole for everyone to see.
- from the National Review, quoted in The Republican Noise Machine by David Brock, Crown Publishers 2004, pg. 50
[Democrats] will only become acceptable once they are comfortable in their minority status. Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant, but when they've been fixed, then they are happy and sedate.
Grover Norquist cited in "The Great Revulsion" at nytimes.com, 10 November, 2002
Norquist used to be one of the main power brokers in the republican party, then people found out what a vile human being he is and started to back off in droves. However, as we know, the republican party of Wisconsin has their clocks set back 120 years, so they have not received the memo.
As for the actual pledge, it is one he wrote in 7th grade(which is why Leibham was actually able to read it) and is here:
“I _____ pledge to the taxpayers of the __________ district, of the state of __________, and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
Americans for Tax Reform
722 12th ST NW
Washington DC 20005