Which now puts them on par with democrats. If the republicans really cared about their popularity they would let Obama have his tax increase to the rich. In fact, give them everything they are asking for in their economic plans. Who even cares?! And in that way Obama and the democrats now own this, so when it invariably fails the blame will be clearer. The irony here is that no matter what is proposed we (our economy and society even) are doomed. Some just make it happen a little sooner.