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Why John Boehner can still win the tax-cut showdown

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Meanwhile, several Senate Republicans are openly criticizing the House move. Sen. Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana told MSNBC in an interview Monday that passing the Senate bill is “best for the country, as well as for all the individuals who are affected.” GOP Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada, all up for reelection in 2012, have also called on the House Republicans to back the Senate compromise.

Democrats and the White House on Monday called foul. Democrats say they had assumed that a deal with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell signaled that House Republicans would go along.

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