"My ideal citizen is
the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a
concealed-carry permit. Because that person doesn't need
the goddamn government for anything," he said
describing members of the "Leave-Us-Alone Coalition".
Even within conservative
circles, Norquist's combative personality has made
enemies. Conservative columnist Tucker Carlson once called him a "mean-spirited, humorless, dishonest little
creep ... the leering, drunken uncle everyone else wishes
would stay home."
Jill Zuckman, Conservative operative
is in the right place at the right timeOrlando Sentinel, June 15, 2003: "Norquist is highly specific about
his ultimate objective.... 'The goal is to reduce the
size and scope of government in half over the next 25 years,'.... Norquist and
the White House are so close that it is sometimes difficult to discern who is influencing
whom. But such Bush initiatives as privatizing Social Security, … bear all the
marks of Norquist's thinking."