Pat - it is sad to see even a straight shooter like you covering for the cowardice of republican leadership! REPUBLICANS MORE POWER HINGRY THAN DEMS! There is NO Other Reason for them to capitulate everytime --- Compare that to Dems...they stand on their prinicples! If the republicans voting masses do not understand this & get hoodwinked by RINOs again & again, we cannot blame anybody! Tea Partyers, Conservatives & Libertarians have to Unite to save this country first from Boehner & Co & then the liberals.