I am NOT going to get in the middle of the crossoveryp/SFols debate.
I will observe, however, that IMO it is going to be very difficult politically for the Republicans to justify supporting Social Security and Medicare cuts while they also support maintaining tax breaks for the richest 5% of Americans. In that area, at least, I think that Obama has cast the Republican Congress in a very bad light.
Now to the Republicans. In re-reading this thread, I was reminded of my earlier comment that while Gingrich is the smartest man in the field, sometimes he doesn't know when to stop talking. Hence, I was not surprised by his comments about supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants or about wanting to extend and STRENGTHEN the "Patriot Act" (and thereby turn the USA into even more of a police state than it already is). IMO, Gingrich will be just as "dead" politically as Perry is in a month, maybe less.
Romney will be the Republican nominee, and many of us will have to decide whether we can vote for a man who we can't trust to do what he says, or just sit home and watch the country re-elect the weakest, most misguided President since Jimmy Carter. UGH!