I get the distinct feeling that Obama's compromise with the repubs over tax cut extensions etc is a Trojan horse. He may be instead setting up a scenario to rescue the dem party from the dump heap of history at his own expense. If the dems refuse the deal and if the compromise is as unpopular as it appears now then the GOP may be saddled with an election issue that they can't overcome. All the GOP would have to do is hold their ground until January and pass it anyway against Dem objection to seal their fate as the party of rich millionaires who don't give a damned about main street and who only care about their own estates. In any case if the dems finally stand up and take this to the wall the GOP is cutting their own throats by supporting the tax cut extension. You gotta wonder because even the compromise only extends the cuts two years, and by then unemployment extensions will have ended, making this topic red hot and fresh news just in time for the election in 2012. If the economy still sucks, and it will, the GOP will own the miserable economy on the eve of the election and they will have completely surrendered any claim to fiscal responsibility or concern over the deficit.