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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Brownie points

Memo to House Republicans: When you lose Scott Brown, you've lost the war.

Sen. Brown (R-Triangulating for Reelection) has blasted as "irresponsible and wrong" the latest move by House Republicans to declare war on the middle class by torpedoing a vote on a payroll tax cut that would largely bypass their rich clients.
“I appreciate their effort to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is a good deal when it means we avoid jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of American families,” Brown said.
As some wags have noted, it's amazing what having Elizabeth Warren breathing down your neck will do for latent Tea Party sympathies.

The Self-Righteous Right is insisting the Senate, which did the nation a favor by leaving Washington for the holidays, come back to re-negotiate a compromise between Democrats and Republicans reached at the behest of their figurehead leader, John Boehner.

Boehner, who lost control of his own caucus months ago, appears ready to bend to their whims and force yet another political showdown that holds millions of hard-working Americans hostage with the threat of a $1,000 pay cut as the holiday shopping bills start to roll in.

And speaking of leadership -- where are the GOP's presidential candidates, those exemplars of looking out for the little guy and gal?

The saddest thing about these theatrics is the desire by the GOP to place partisan gain ahead of the best interests of all Americans.

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