"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 time Orlando 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."
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