True. To this I would add that deficit, revenue, and cuts are all topics that are easy to demagogue, and therefore are not good framing of the debate for Republicans. Better is to make this about doing one's job, following the law, and being responsible -- pas a budget that comes into balance in some reasonable amount of time. This is something everyone can understand; this is a fight they can win. It is a fight the Republicans should have had two years ago as you said, but better late than never.