Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, whose "no new taxes" pledge was a driving force behind 2011's debt ceiling crisis, may be losing clout amongst Republicans as fears over the fiscal cliff grow.
Roughly a dozen incoming Republican congressmen have refused to sign Norquist's tax pledge, and at least one Senator who signed the pledge is backtracking, the Hill reports.
Senateor Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) told a local Georgia television station that addressing the cliff is more important than the pledge he signed, and that he's "willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."
Chambliss, up for reelection in 2014, could very well could face a Republican backlash for walking away.
But Chambliss' secession from Norquist's pledge may be a sign of the times. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), John McCain (R-AZ), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have openly opposed Norquist. Potential 2016 candidates, such as former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), have vocalized their opposition too, according to Rick Ungar of Forbes.
Norquist, for his part, says he supports creating additional federal revenue, so long as taxes aren't increased.Via the Hill and Forbes