The Wall Street Journal (the print edition of Fox) editorializes today on The GOP’s Payroll Tax Fiasco:
The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play. […]
At this stage, Republicans would do best to cut their losses and find a way to extend the payroll holiday quickly. Then go home and return in January with a united House-Senate strategy that forces Democrats to make specific policy choices that highlight the differences between the parties on spending, taxes and regulation. Wisconsin freshman Senator Ron Johnson has been floating a useful agenda for such a strategy. The alternative is more chaotic retreat and the return of all-Democratic rule.
How badly are Democrats owning Republicans right now? As Josh Marshall writes at TPM, GOP senators up for re-election are nearing a state of panic. And Steve Benen at Washington Monthly points out, President Obama is seeing jumps not just in his overall approval rating, but is seeing gains as more trusted to defend the middle class and handle taxes than Republicans.
Next time anyone tries to tell you Democrats are bad at messaging, can’t stay united, and always find a way to screw things up, remember today. It’s been 13 months since Republicans swept to victory in the Congressional midterms, and what have they done with that opportunity? This morning, President Obama’s re-election prospects have never looked brighter. So how are you going to help make it happen?