The last thing we need in this payroll tax holiday fight is for a so-called leader to go silent. According to Politico’s article, that’s precisely what’s happened with Mitch McConnell:

Speaker John Boehner stood before a band of fellow House Republicans on Tuesday and angrily demanded the Senate return to the Capitol and extend the payroll tax cut for a full year.

Left out of the photo op: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the co-architect of the Senate’s two-month tax cut extension. He reached an agreement that has become a throbbing political headache for Boehner and has remained unusually silent as the partisan rancor and gridlock cause a year-end embarrassment for Congress.

While the two men have been remarkably united this year, the year-end package has prompted an unusual amount of confusion, disunity, frustration and increased finger-pointing, both publicly and privately, between House Republicans and Senate Republicans over who is at fault in the political fiasco.

It’s the kind of situation McConnell and Boehner have long sought to avoid. And now some GOP insiders fear they’ve ceded the upper hand on taxes and the economy to President Barack Obama in the 2012 election year.

“This is a colossal fumble by the House Republicans,” said a senior Senate GOP aide, requesting anonymity to speak candidly about his own party. “Their inability to recognize a win is costing our party our long-held advantage on the key issue of tax relief. It’s time for Boehner and [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor to look these rookies in the eye and explain how the game is won or lost.”

First, the “senior Senate GOP aide” who didn’t have the cajones to say this on the record should be fired immediately. This aide is the definition of gutless wonder. This aide might also qualify as someone as being totally out of touch with reality, too.

What’s infinitely worse, though, is Sen. McConnell’s silence. Frankly, it’s unforgivable. Sen. McConnell is a gutless wonder and an idiot besides. What’s puzzling to me is that he isn’t bright enough to see that Republicans would win this fight if the Senate Republicans joined the fight.

Democrats have the media on their side. Senate Republicans shouldn’t gift-wrap some political cover for them. The only thing that’ll result from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s capitulation is giving President Obama, Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid an undeserved political victory.

If Mitch McConnell won’t stand with John Boehner and House Republicans in this important fight, then he’s got to go. He isn’t worthy of the title of Senate GOP leader because he isn’t a leader.

What’s worse is that Mitch McConnell didn’t hesitate in sticking a knife in Speaker Boehner’s back.

I don’t doubt that many Senate Republicans voted for the Reid-McConnell bill in good faith. I have even less doubt that the facts of the case have changed so dramatically that Republicans would have an easy fight arguing that the legislation passed by the Senate isn’t truly functional. That means, for all intents and purposes, that there isn’t a functional Senate bill.

It’s time Senate Republicans learned the lesson that compromising on terrible legislation isn’t a virtue. It’s stupidity masquerading as consensus.

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