Hmmm: Congress waiting for lame-duck session to deal with Bush tax cuts?

In an interview, McConnell signaled that he’s more than happy to have an argument about taxing and spending in the runup to the midterm elections.

“Frankly, throw me into that briar patch; that’s a debate we’d love to have,” he said.

While Democrats believe they can paint a fiscally irresponsible GOP as holding middle-class tax cuts hostage to help the wealthy, some worry that the nuance could get lost in the heated rhetoric over raising taxes in the middle of a slumping economy. And some say Obama’s equivocation about whether he’d veto a bill that temporarily extends the tax cuts has only muddied the debate.