Republicans let the ship sail without them when they failed to pass Bush's Comprehensive Immigration Reform back when they controlled both houses of Congress. Now they are paying the price for it.
We keep hearing about how George W. was such a horrible President but if you look at the real record we had 7 1/2 years of good economy even with the 9/11 attack and two wars. With Obama we have had 4 years of terrible economy and no hope in sight. Obama has cranked up the Federal Debt more in 3 1/2 years that Bush did in 8 after Obama called it irresponsible and unpatrioitic. Now we're faced with a Fiscal Cliff that Obama and the Democrats cooked up.