This article hoes hand in hand with this mornings immigration article. Here's a thought, how about our elected officials govern out of principle and out of concern for their constituents and their country instead of always worrying about themselves, i.e. Votes. The way they have acted the past two years has disenfranchised the base, which is why Romney received fewer votes than McCain. This article is overthinking the issue. We need to force entitlement reform, cut spending, and secure the border. It is what the base wants, and it is what will benefit the country.