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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) this morning tried to bring up the Senate’s bill for extending the payroll tax cut.  Republicans split the scene, leaving Congressman Hoyer at the mic. “You’re walking out, you’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle class taxpayers, the unemployed, and very frankly as well, from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors,” Mr. Hoyer said, making the most of the opportunity.

Our pal Steve Benen makes the most of it, too:

I know Republicans think they’re in “Braveheart” but I don’t remember the scene in the movie in which William Wallace decided he’d rather run away than fight.

The Wall Street Journal opinion page today called Republicans’ handling of the payroll tax cut a “fiasco.” They write, “How did Republicans manage to lose the tax issue to Obama?” Slowly, and then all at once.

Video posted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and minority leader.

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