“GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be re-elected. Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner (in photo) have handled the payroll-tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the president before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest,” a Wall Street Journal editorial complained. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post said it is unclear what point the GOP is trying to make. “Is it making sure the tax cut is paid for? For the last decade, Republicans approved billions of dollars in tax cuts, mostly for the rich, without paying for them,” he wrote. “Is it because they want the tax-cut extension to be for a year rather than just two months, as the Senate approved? Then why did so many Republicans originally criticize any tax-cut extension?” But a National Review editorial applauded the House action, saying the 60-day extension “is both irresponsible and unworkable, and House Republicans were right to hold the line against it.”
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