Norquist said Sunday that if President Obama pushes the nation over the "fiscal cliff," there will be a tea party backlash stronger than the movement that influenced the 2010 midterm elections.
Republicans are "going to have to figure out their politics of what they do next, and they're trying to figure that out right now," the treasury secretary said.
Norquist himself has suggested that not renewing tax cuts doesn't constitute a violation of his pledge.
Raising rates on wealthy tax payers is a popular approach to dealing with the country’s budgetary woes. But two other proposals that may be central to a deal averting a “fiscal cliff” draw decidedly less public support.
By Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill and Aaron Blake
November 28, 2012
A look at how voters responded to George H.W. Bush's move toward tax increases.
Three big-name Republicans threatened to break their anti-tax pledges over the holiday weekend. And there could be more to come.
Two more Republicans suggest a willingness to break with the anti-tax advocate to solve the nation's fiscal woes.
Will the public blame Obama or Republicans in Congress more for if the Jan. 1 deadline is missed?
By Scott Clement
November 13, 2012
On the Sunday news shows, Democratic strategists said that Mitt Romney's lack of clarity on his tax plan for the American people is more important than the issue of his own personal taxes.