Further to our conversation "Grover Norquist Collateral Casualty of 2012?"
1) Norquist tax pledge takes election hit; http://thehill.com/homenews/house/267467-norquist-pledge-takes-election-hit-
To wit: " Republicans might have held the House, but Grover Norquist’s majority in Congress is all but gone. Fewer incoming members of the House and Senate have signed the pledge against tax increases run by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, in a reflection not only of the seats that Democrats gained but of the success they’ve enjoyed in vilifying Norquist. About a dozen newly elected House Republicans refused to sign the anti-tax pledge during their campaigns, and another handful of returning Republicans have disavowed their allegiance to the written commitment.
With Democrats picking up seven or eight seats, that means the pledge guides fewer than the 218 members needed for a majority. In the Senate, where Republicans lost two seats, just 39 members of the chamber are pledge-signers, according to the group’s records. That is a drop from 238 members of the House and 41 senators who committed to the pledge at the start of the 112th Congress. Norquist’s diminished clout could have ramifications during intensifying negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and a grand bargain on taxes, spending and entitlements that leaders in both parties want to strike in the coming months. "
2) House conservatives return with anxiety; http://thehill.com/homenews/house/267747-house-conservatives-return-to-the-capitol-with-anxiety
To wit: "House conservatives returned to Washington on Tuesday determined to hang tough on taxes and spending in the face of a new post-election fiscal dynamic.
With President Obama winning reelection handily, Republican lawmakers are viewing the coming negotiations on the fiscal cliff with anxiety, unsure how much party leaders will ask them to give up to strike an agreement.
See: Grover Norquist Collateral Casualty of 2012?; http://open.salon.com/blog/steven_j_gulitti/2012/11/12/grover_norquist_collateral_casualty_of_2012