Heard on the Hill

Grover Norquist, Collector

Grover Norquist is a joker, a juggler and, apparently, a serious collector.

“I have a collection of whackers — things you hit people with — mostly from Africa,” Norquist told Mike Allen at Politico’s Wednesday Breakfast. “I also have a collection of airsickness bags from most of the world. “If anyone here travels, and the one thing I do ask of people who come to the [Americans for Tax Reform office]: If  you are traveling and you’re on one of these really funky ...” Norquist suddenly broke off, excited.

“I have an Air Ariana airsickness bag, which is the pre-current-government-of-Afghanistan airsickness bags.” He means, of course, Air Ariana, aka Ariana Afghan Airlines, aka Afghanistan’s oldest airline.

Norquist sat back, looking rather pleased.

“Arianna?” Allen asked. “Like Huffington?”

“Yes,” Norquist returned. “Just like.”

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, claims he has a great collection of these unused vomit bags.

He’s not alone. A whole subset of collectors specializes in airsickness bags — and at least one online museum has been erected in the baggies’ honor. Check it out at airsicknessbags.com.


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