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Tucker Carlson and Grover Norquist: The Rapprochement

6:58 PM, Jan 3, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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One of the more amusing aspects of Monday's RNC debate was the sight of the Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform, two of the debate's moderators, sitting side by side at the same table. In the past, the two have not been the best of friends, to put it mildly. In 1997, for example, Carlson wrote that Norquist is a "mean-spirited, humorless, dishonest little embarrassing anomaly, the leering, drunken uncle everyone else wishes would stay home...[he] is repulsive, granted, but there aren't nearly enough of him to start a purge trial."

Tucker Carlson and Grover Norquist: The Rapprochement

So, I asked Carlson after the debate, when did they patch over their differences? "We never had any differences," said Carlson with a knowing smile.


"Not that I would ever admit to. I don't recall that. I have no idea what you're talking about?"

I said I recalled reading some sharp-edged quotes on Wikipedia--and then there's the old story of Carlson "accidentally" spilling a drink on Norquist's head at an event many years ago.

"Who ya gonna believe?" Carlson replied. "Some crackpot, shoddy, user-generated website whose content is entirely unreliable or my impeccable sober-for-eight-years memory?"

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