It still begs the question why the republican party is impotant.
Yes the democrats are crooked and are stealing from American workers. Many of us ex-republicans believe the republican party has and will steal more when given the chance.
Both major parties steal and keep most of the loot for themselves, friends and family.
There is no difference to us, the working middle class, and the resulting loss of the fruits of our labor is the same.
The only difference is the dems give a little of the loot to union thugs, pimps and hos and the republicans give some of their loot to Wall Street investment banking crooks.
So the reason the republicans are impotant is there are more union thugs, pimps and hos than there are Street investment crooks. Obama gets it and knows his base is necessary to keep him in office. The republicans don't have a base anymore after they screwed the working man with the New York investment bank bail outs in 2008. The republican party was exposed as the fraud it is by the bank bail outs. The sooner the republican party dies and is replaced by the Liberatarian Party the better. Until then the dems will have their way.