The Joys of Divided Government

House Republicans pass the payroll tax cut, as Democrats desired...

... unfortunately, the Democrats wanted to pay for it with a tax increase rather than spending cuts (as best as I can figure: see if you can sort out what this means).

What certainly is the case is that campaign tools like this (below) will be less credible; now it is up to Harry Reid once again to explain why he will not pass what he wanted the Republicans to pass.