Can Donald Trump break the GOP’s strict orthodoxy on taxes, which says that no member of the party must ever, ever raise them for any reason, ever? For decades the Republican who even nods in the direction of a tax increase is all but tarred and feathered for apostasy. The party is so committed to this maximalist position that even when Democrats offer to trade modest tax increases for spending cuts, the Holy Grail of modern conservative governance, Republicans will turn them down. Who can forget the image from a 2012 GOP primary debate where, asked by Bret Baier how many of them would accept a budget deal with $10 of spending cuts for every $1 in increased taxes, not one of the eight candidates on stage raised a hand?
But that was before A Man Called Trump.