Meet Grover Norquist, the interest-group crusader who has wielded enormous influence over Congress's deficit supercommittee
Grover Norquist, the founder and head of Americans For Tax Reform, is arguably the most powerful non-elected person in Washington -- and in many ways he is more powerful than even the Speaker of the House.
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He's the keeper of "The Pledge," the 60-some-odd promise never to raise taxes, that has become a virtual requirement for Republicans running for state or federal office. All in all 279 sitting members of Congress are bound by the pledge -- and good luck getting out of it.
"The pledge is not to me. It's to the voters," Norquist said in an extensive 60 Minutes profile last night. "So an elected official who says, 'I think I wanna break my pledge,' he doesn't look at me and say that. He looks at his voters and says that. That's why some of them look at their voters, don't wanna say that, and they go, "Well, how 'bout you? Could you release me from my pledge?" No, no. I can't help you."