Norquist claims that politicians don’t pledge to him not to raise taxes, they make that pledge to the American people. But in an interview for the New York Times, he actually revealed the truth.
When he hears about someone wavering on the pledge, he has a simple routine, he says. “Every time this happens, I call the guy and say: ‘I just want to make sure we’re on the same page. I don’t want to have an argument,’ ” he said. “But if you really want to raise taxes, I do want to have an argument.”
Mr. Norquist argues that history suggests the pledge will survive on more than a technicality. Republicans, he said, have always come around, even if it takes a little pressure.