Right after the election the Republicans should have stepped aside and let Obama pass whatever he wanted (except for the unlimited debt ceiling). They ended up with the blame anyway, as we all knew they would. They will also end up with the blame when the debt ceiling fiasco hits. They should have asked Obama how high the debt ceiling would need to be to get him through 4 more years and then, by voting "present", let the Dems have everything they want. We the people will not learn this lesson until it becomes very painful. It is time to lose a few battles in order to win the war.