To me, the oath of office is like a wedding vow. Once you say,"I do" and promise to be faithful to one person, are not all earlier flirtations swept aside? Does a promise to Grover Norquist's lobbying group outweigh the oath of office?
A seemingly immutable law of today's politics is that Republicans in Congress have shifted so far right that they oppose all revenue increases -- no matter how urgent America's fiscal needs may be. But perhaps this is no longer the case.