Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Alan Simpson and Grover Norquist Go to the Zoo Alan Simpson and Grover Norquist Go to the Zoo

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Alan Simpson and Grover Norquist Go to the Zoo

+

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Washington loves zoos.

It's a simple fact. The capital city's attention was captured by a red panda that escaped from the National Zoo on Monday and later found in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, while campaigning for president last year, famously visited zoos while on the trail.

 

And now zoos are being used to unify Washington types who share political differences. Time magazine took former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, two adversaries on cable television, to the National Zoo to talk policy.

Both men, despite their differences and previous barbs, left the zoo in one piece, but not without sharing a few jabs and some quirky moments.

"I saw something there I thought I'd like to feed Grover to and that was that giant Komodo," said Simpson. "I said, 'Grover, you'd look good inside there.' … He laughed."

 

Norquist was captivated more by the animals.

"Oh, we saw lions, we saw tigers," Norquist said. "It was like Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. It was great."

Watch the video:

 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL
 
 
 
 
What should you expect from on Election Night?
See more ▲
 
Hide