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GROVER NORQUIST must be getting lonely. His chums are abandoning ship at a rapid pace. First, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Georgia), then Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Rep. Peter King (New York)--all Republicans, all signers of Mr. Norquist's no-tax pledge, all now rescinding their acquiescence, all part of an "elections have consequences" wave.
The problem was not Mr. Norquist's advocacy for low taxes and small government. It was the fact that he reduced it to one handcuffing principle, and the congressmen went along with it. President Obama's re-election forces Republicans to face the reality that taxes on "the wealthy" (those making more than $250,000 per year) are going up, one way or the other. Their best bet now is to flex on taxes while exercising as much damage control as they can.
Meanwhile, Democrats, instead of crowing about their November victory, might take a look at where they can yield some ground. (Reform of the budget-sucking entitlement programs comes to mind.) Because the bottom line is that no matter who is in office, Americans want their government to work. The art of political compromise is the grease for those gears.