Defeat from the jaws of victory?

Are Republicans about to shoot themselves in the foot? They may have created a real opportunity to do just that. I really hope Mitch McConnell and John Boehner know what they’re doing.

The GOP’s Payroll Tax Fiasco

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 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.

via Review & Outlook: The GOP’s Payroll Tax Fiasco – WSJ.com.

More from Carl Rove:

Rove: Republicans should fold in payroll tax cut standoff

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said he agreed with the Wall Street Journal’s blistering assessment on the failure of House Republican leadership in the payroll-tax debate, and conceded that Republicans have “lost the optics” and should fold on the issue.

“I think the Wall Street Journal editorial hit it right on the nail, the question now is how do Republicans get out of it,” Rove told Fox News on Wednesday.

via Rove: Republicans should fold in payroll tax cut standoff – The Hills Video.

More from Carl Mitch McConnell:

McConnell urges House to pass Senates payroll tax bill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday urged House Republicans to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, putting greater pressure on House Speaker John Boehner R-Ohio to act.

via News from The Hill: McConnell urges House to pass Senates payroll tax bill.

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