Norquist said he credits Coburn for his years-long opposition to earmarks but charged the Oklahoman’s supporters with mischaracterizing his stance on ethanol subsidies. Norquist said he favors ending the subsidy, but only if coupled with a tax cut to offset the revenue increase.
Though they are arguing over arcane tax and budget matters, the spat appears personal, too. One Republican operative sympathetic to Coburn essentially referred to a Norquist as a fraud whose sole priority is personal financial gain.
“A lot of the Republican revolution of 1994 going off track was Grover and the K Street Project. He represents the careerist Republican more interested in power,” this Republican said, adding that Norquist “is not a limited-government guy, he’s a Republican hack.”