The Fix: Grover Norquist

The Fix's new Tax Defector Whip List

The Fix's new Tax Defector Whip List

As Republicans gradually move toward embracing revenue increases and maybe even tax rate increases on the wealthy in a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," a number of Republicans have broken with their party's firm anti-tax hike orthodoxy.

But with so many moving pieces, it can be hard to keep track.

Below, The Fix is debuting its "Tax Defector Whip List," in which we list the Republicans who have broken with their party in one way or another.

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Do Americans hate the Norquist anti-tax pledge?

Do Americans hate the Norquist anti-tax pledge?

Eighty percent of Americans agree on almost nothing (even Olympic swimming!).

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found exactly such consensus on one of the central issues in the debate over the "fiscal cliff": 85 percent of registered voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, said it was a "bad idea" for members of Congress to promise to "never increase taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance".

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Why the Norquist pledge may not even apply to the fiscal cliff'

Why the Norquist pledge may not even apply to the  fiscal cliff'

Much of the news coverage of the so-called "fiscal cliff" in recent days has focused on whether Republicans are willing to violate their Grover Norquist-sponsored pledge not to vote to raise taxes.

But what if the the Norquist pledge doesn't even apply to the current situation?

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) doesn't think it does. And Norquist and his group -- Americans for Tax Reform -- aren't saying that Cole is wrong.

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Sen. Kay Hagan says she will run for reelection in 2014

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The cautionary tale of George Bush's tax hike in one chart

The cautionary tale of George Bush's tax hike   in one chart

So just what kind of price would Republicans pay for breaking their pledges and voting to raise taxes?

If history is any judge, it certainly won't help. Above, we look at a Gallup chart of George H.W. Bush's approval ratings at two key junctures during the budget debate of 1990.

The first line is from the end of June, when Bush said for the first time that he would push for a tax increase, in contrast to his previous "Read my lips, no new taxes" pledge. His approval rating dropped from 69 percent to 60 percent by mid-July.

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Who is Grover Norquist?

Who is Grover Norquist?

Grover Norquist is all the rage right now, with a growing number of congressional Republicans saying they won't be bound by the pledge they signed with Norquist to resist any and all tax increases.

But just who is Grover Norquist?

Our great colleague Jason Horowitz profiled the anti-tax advocate in July 2011.

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Norquist hits back at Jeb Bush, citing father

Norquist hits back at Jeb and gets a little personal; Crossroads apologizes for Bryson tweet; Putnam under fire for land deal; and Lingle launches a TV station.

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