It is harming the Republican party. It is harming the view, if it’s possible anymore, of the American people about Congress.
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in an interview on CNN, on the payroll tax fight in Congress.
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… The alternative is more chaotic retreat and the return of all-Democratic rule.
— A Wall Street Journal editorial that skewers Republicans for their handling of the payroll tax cut extension.