What Obama needs above all else is someone to blame for the disaster he creates. Don't give him the chance.
What's the best the Republicans can do anyway? Prevent tax increases on "the rich?" Does anyone have confidence that Boehner will hold that line? He'll cave anyway, so he might as well play the "bi-partisan compromiser" so he can at least say he was willing to give the president's plan a chance to work. Maybe when the Obamaphone crowd is being herded off to the rice paddies they will finally see the light. Doubtful, but possible.