Why do so many Americans still cling to Obama and the Democrats' unprecedented plans to fundamentally transform the country? Sure, things are looking pretty dire right now, and people are afraid, hunkered down, and waiting for SOMEONE! ANYONE! to save them. Obama's ability to speak to the masses, regardless of the lack of symmetry between what he says and what he does, gives the people a life raft to cling to in a raging storm on the high seas. When the Republicans unanimously say no to this vision, in the peoples' eyes, they are saying no to the idea that the life raft will save them. Without another option for survival, the people will cling to that life raft, no matter that it is made of straw.
The real challenge for Republicans at this point is to show the people an alternative. Show them, in a clear and concise manner, that Obama's life raft is nothing but a bale of straw which will eventually take them to the bottom of the ocean. Show them, in a clear and concise fashion, how THEIR life raft is the real and proven route to survival for themselves and their children. Words cannot be minced. Make no mistake about it; we are at a point at which our country may very well be transformed into something which the people did not want, but opted for, out of pure fear. The Republicans need to articulate more clearly the message that there is a clear path out of the storm, and show them the way.
This opinion piece by Congressmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the WSJ lays out a clear blueprint for recovery.