(AP) For decades, the threat from anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has seemed strong and effective in Washington. He would work to drive Republicans from office if they didn't comply with his no-tax-increase pledge. Most would comply. Now, several senior Republican lawmakers are breaking ranks, willing to consider tax hikes as part of a deal with Democrats and the White House to avoid a budget meltdown.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says the only pledge he will keep is his oath of office. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says no one in his home state of Virginia is talking about the pledge. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia says he cares more about his country than about a piece of paper.