Senate GOP worries that payroll-tax fiasco might cost them upper chamber

“It’s not helping,” a veteran Senate Republican strategist said of the House GOP fight against the Senate package. “Senate Republicans are tired of paying the price for the lack of legislative thoughtfulness in the House.”

The political operative said incumbents such as Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) could pay the price…

The Senate Republicans who have been the most critical of the House are the ones facing reelection.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that Republicans are losing the public-relations battle over the payroll tax cut extension and should find a way to extend the tax holiday and move on.