Suddenly, fashionable Republicans have shed their no-tax-pledge baggage.
When an ideology is pulled too taut, it is bound to snap. That appears to have happened to the rigid line held by intransigent House Republican troops at the command of their election field marshal, Grover Norquist.
Though Norquist’s name appeared on zero ballots on Election Day, his shadowy influence was put to the test, district by congressional district. The results, with Republicans holding their majority in the House, seemed to break Norquist’s way. Not quite. His flanks have fled.