In among the stories about turkey, football, and massive hordes of
zombies Black Friday shoppers, this story from the New York Post about an interview on WMAZ where our senior US Senator, Saxby Chambliss, has indicated that he would be backing out of his decades-old pledge of not raising taxes:
“I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” he told WMAZ-TV. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”
Somewhere, Grover Norquist’s head has probably exploded.
Senator Chambliss is up for re-election in 2014. He’s not the most popular Republican among the Georgia Republican Party grassroots, and I suspect that he probably won’t win a lot of support from the conservatives in the state with this move. Rumors abound of Saxby picking up challengers in ’14. I suspect this will continue to fuel the speculation.
So, what say you? Do you believe this move will hurt Saxby and help the (currently mythical) primary challenger? Do pledges candidates make on the campaign trail mean anything anymore once they take office?