“Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?” said one senior House Republican aide who requested anonymity to discuss the matter freely. “I just don’t want to co-own the economy by having to tout that we passed a jobs bill that won’t work or at least won’t do enough.”…

“Of course, there’s skepticism; there’s healthy skepticism on behalf of our constituents who have said what we need to do is get government out of the way,” said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. But Blackburn and other Republicans are taking a page out of the president’s playbook — insisting that job creation is an issue too sacred to befall the typical trappings of Washington partisanship. Die-hards, like Iowa Rep. Steve King, insist that it’s merely an earnest philosophical disagreement.

“This is Keynesianism, and I have been critical of his approach since the beginning,” King said, adding that he found nothing GOP friendly about the president’s tax-cut-heavy plan. “The difficulty I might have had would be if he had actually offered a proposal that took us back to free markets and back to real serious tax reform and real reduction of regulation.”