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Four big-name Republicans have broken with Grover Norquist in recent days, saying they won’t be bound by their Norquist-sponsored pledges to oppose any and all tax increases.

The moves by Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) represent the opening steps of a delicate dance for the GOP — and one that could come to define the just-begun talks over the looming “fiscal cliff.”

The question from here is whether this represents a simple trial balloon or the beginning of a movement in which a large segment of the GOP embraces a tax increase as an unhappy reality.

If that were to occur, it would both mark a significant shift in party orthodoxy and also threaten to make the tea party primaries of 2010 and 2012 seem tame.

The Washington Post, "The GOP’s ‘Read My Lips’ Moment."

We can finally hope for the future hed: “Grover’s Run Over.”

What Grover Norquist actually said was “poopy-head.”

(CBS News via The Daily Show)

What Grover Norquist actually said was “poopy-head.”

(CBS News via The Daily Show)

“Well, one, he hadn’t signed the pledge.”

Founder of Americans for Tax Reform GROVER NORQUIST, whose organization forces (yeah, I’m saying “forces”) members of Congress and presidential candidates to sign a “pledge” not to raise taxes, on why he wouldn’t have campaigned against Ronald Reagan — despite Reagan having raised taxes several times during his presidency — on The Daily Show.

Asswipe fucker.

“Yeah — it should stop stepping on them, kicking them, and making their life more difficult.”

Conservative ideologue GROVER NORQUIST, responding to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft asking him if government had any part in helping the poor, the sick, or the unemployed.

Or anyone who isn’t, for the most part, a rich, white Republican.