Grover Norquist Losing Grip On G.O.P., Senators Disavow Anti-Tax Pledge

Owen Poindexter
Not long ago, Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge was gospel among Republicans. In the wake of the election and the fiscal cliff on the horizon, more and more Republicans are saying that they are open to revenue increases that would break Norquist's anti-tax pledge.

Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge is becoming politically untenable. PHOTO: Reuters

The Great Republican Makeover continues in the wake of the 2012 election with something that was unthinkable two months ago: Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge is falling apart. Once a firmly ensconced amendment to the G.O.P. bible, Republican signers of Norquist’s pledge to not raise taxes are now publicly announcing that they will break it. Both Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz) have said that they are open to limiting the amount of money that can be written off for charitable deductions, which would increase tax revenue and violate Norquist’s pledge. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) told Charlie Rose that he is “not obligated to the pledge.”

Graham confessed his intention to be unfaithful to The Pledge to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:

When you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece, and Republicans -- Republicans should put revenue on the table.

Norquist’s pledge is looking more and more like a fad that is being discarded, now that it is no longer politically helpful. It bound Republicans together around a common stance after their victories in 2010, but the clobbering at the hands of the Democrats has loosened their resolve around the Anti-tax pledge. Grover norquist grover norquist

As ABC's Amy Walter pointed out, the pledge is getting weaker in the Republican-controlled House as well: