Gover Norquist, the National Rifle Association board member and leader of Americans for Tax Reform accused by talk show host Glenn Beck of subverting America’s national security, told Armed American Radio host Mark Walters he welcomes the NRA investigation Beck claims is underway into his background.
“I think it would be great for the NRA to put a stake through the heart of this at the end of the day,” said Norquist on the March 15 broadcast of the national gun rights program.
On Beck’s March 11 program, Frank Gaffney, the founding president of the Center for Security Policy and a former national security aide to President Ronald W. Reagan, accused Norquist of being an agent of influence for the Muslim Brotherhood. At the time, Beck told Gaffney and his listeners that he was very concerned. “I am not an expert on this by any stretch of the imagination, but I heard enough.”
Norquist said to Walters whenever someone reaches a level of prominence in Washington, he is assigned a stalker and Gaffney is his stalker. “In the last 15 years, he has gone around blaming all of life’s problems on me.”
Gaffney has accused Norquist of being a terrorist, a homosexual and a member of the Jewish-Russian mafia, he said.
Every few years, Gaffney gets ahold of someone like a Beck, who falls for his narrative for a time before snapping out of it, he said. “All of the grownups in D.C. have realized how silly it is.”
Beck doubled-down on his March 13 show. Having hedged on Wednesday, he was convinced on Friday that if Norquist was reelected to the NRA board, he would resign his lifetime membership.
In what must go down as one of Beck’s most tortured rants, the talk-show host said: “I so deeply believe that this is a very, very bad man, I so deeply believe that he—I shouldn’t say he is a very bad man-I don’t know him—so, I don’t want to say why he does what he does.”
How deeply held again, Glenn?
Beck tried to steady himself with a twisted metaphor: Norquist is the Wizard of Oz.
In Beck-world, Norquist is at once a fantasy potentate, who does not have real power and influence in Washington, and perhaps a very, very bad man.