Watch out, Gov. Huntsman. Conservatives are watching you, and they don't like what they see.
Feb. 6, 2009 marked the 98th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birthday, and 30 U.S. governors commemorated the occasion by proclaiming it "Ronald Reagan Day." You might think that reddest-of-red-states Utah would be among them, but you'd be wrong. Huntsman opted not to heed the call of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project -- and RRLP chairman Grover Norquist ain't happy.
Of course, how not-happy he is depends on the party affiliation of the governor. In a press release, Norquist said of Huntsman, a Republican, "It is deeply regrettable Governor Jon Huntsman has failed to recognize the great contribution of Ronald Reagan." But when commenting on the same decision as made by Wisconsin Democrat Jim Doyle, Norquist alliterated, "By refusing to honor President Reagan, Gov. Jim Doyle has put pusillanimous petty partisanship above patriotism."
It's good to know that Norquist -- a close associate of Jack Abramoff and a guy who once analogized the estate tax to the Holocaust -- is above such pusillanimous petty partisanship. (Scott Renshaw)