House Republicans are once again chaffing at being “told” what to do by the Senate. After campaigning extensively against extending the payroll tax cut, House Republicans are now crying foul at the two month extension compromise reached by the Senate.
House Republicans are claiming they wanted a one year extension all along and that a short two month extension is not good enough. Confused or angry trying to keep up with the House Republicans? You are not alone.
The Wall Street Journal’s opinion page is even irritated and wondering if the latest rookie rebellion will end up re-electing Obama.
What the rookie republicans don’t yet get is the art of the compromise. They still tend to see compromise as defeat. More experienced politicians tend to see compromise as a way to return and fight another day.
In all honesty, rookie republicans are in a difficult position. The Tea Party, that played such a large roll in sending them to DC, does not tolerate compromise easily and that in turn leaves rookie republicans with little room to compromise. It will be interesting to see if the rookie republicans continue “to dance with the one who brung em” or take their chances with compromise.
They have 10 short days to decide before payroll taxes go up. Are these rookies really ready to be saddled with being responsible for raising taxes on 160 million Americans? We don’t have long to wait.