Grover Norquist found himself backtracking Tuesday after NPR host Diane Rehm taught the fiscal conservative which words were appropriate for her show.

NORQUIST: Ronald Reagan is the leader of and the person that symbolizes the modern conservative movement. That’s also largely the modern Republican Party but as Bush reminds us, not always. So modern conservatives look to Ronald Reagan as their model. And what did he do? He took marginal tax rates from top rate of 70 down to 28. He took the inflation rate from 12 percent down to 2 or 3 percent. He brought interest rates down from 21 percent so that people could buy houses. He turned the economy around. He created millions of jobs — tens of millions of jobs. And broke the back of the Soviet Union at the same time with all the snotty liberals telling him he was doing everything wrong and everything he did would lead to inflation, high unemployment and a resurgence of the Soviet Union. The left was wrong about everything in Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

REHM: Let me just — hold on a minute. Hold on just a minute. I take issue with the word snotty. Don’t like it. Just wanted you to know that.

NORQUIST: Condescending.

REHM: Yeah.

This video is from NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, broadcast Feb. 9, 2010.

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