“It puts Republicans on record to raise taxes, it doesn’t cut any spending, it doesn’t solve our deficit problems and so we don’t know why Republicans would proactively vote for a tax increase,” said Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group. “I think if you supported it then — I don’t know if it rises to the level of TARP, but it could haunt a future presidential candidate in a Republican primary.”…

Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he did not believe Ryan will take a political hit for supporting Plan B. Cole was one of the first House Republicans to publicly call for decoupling tax rates for middle-class families and the wealthy…

“It’s unbelievable to me that the guy who’s pushing to make permanent what are temporary tax cuts for as many of the American people as possible and fighting with every fiber of his being [is getting] criticized by the very people he’s trying to help,” he said.