On his radio show Thursday, former CNN host Bill Press found it a little disconcerting to see the Republicans on the budget super-committee say on TV they were refusing to budge off their last offer. Then he went just a little further: Republicans are committing treason, against the Constitution, by sticking with their Grover Norquist no-tax-hike pledge.
"I think it's pretty clear to me and to you that the Republicans have dug in their heels. Their loyalty is to Grover Norquist and the American Tax Reform Association," he said, mangling the name of the group. (It's Americans for Tax Reform.) "Their loyalty is not to the American people, it's not to the Constitution of the United States. I know that's a strong statement, but I think they're guilty of treason. I think they really do care more about Grover Norquist than they do about you or me."
Liberals seem to have no idea that the point of the Constitution was to restrain the powers of government. Press sounds like someone who would have told the Founding Fathers they were committing treason against King George by protesting high taxes.
Press also guessed that Republican congressmen like John Mica of Florida and Paul Broun of Georgia were plotting to privatize the TSA: "You got private contractors who want this business, right, and have given John Mica from Florida and this other guy Paul Broun from Georgia, given them a lot of money and that's why they're doing this. ... As always, follow the money."