House Republicans managed to turn President Obama into a tax cutter in an election year while getting blamed for opposing something they'll probably pass anyway, The Wall Street Journal complains in an editorial. "GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be re-elected," the Journal says. "Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the President before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest." The editorial is, as they say in political media, driving the conversation the morning's conversation. But this week has turned out to be the most wonderful time of the year for Obama -- and maybe "the most advantageous political environment he’s seen since the earliest days of his administration," Politico's Glenn Thrush and Jennifer Epstein write. The White House press corps is suffering in Honolulu while it waits for Obama to arrive for Christmas vacation once he's done savoring the Republicans' political gift in Washington.
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