Leading Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss has publicly renounced Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, stating “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”
Chambliss may not be the first, but he is definitely the most prominent Republican to say he no longer feels bound by the pledge (which he signed) to not raise taxes. Some freshmen Congresspersons have also said that they no longer feel bound by the pledge, which they were almost required to sign before winning a Republican nomination.
Maybe there is hope for the GOP yet?
Or maybe not. Karen Handel, the former executive for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who nearly destroyed that charity with her attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, is considering running for the Senate against Saxby Chambliss. Handel previously ran for governor of Georgia on a strong anti-abortion platoform, but lost. Handel has called Planned Parenthood “a bunch of schoolyard thugs.”
UPDATE: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has now said “I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”
On the other side, Grover Norquist claims that the anti-tax pledge will hold. “For 20 years Democrats have tried over and over to trick Republicans into breaking the pledge. It hasn’t happened. This isn’t my first rodeo.”