It seems that Republicans are on a mission from God, as evidenced by their behavior so far: . They have created this huge mess, and now all of them (sans 3, yes, just t-h-r-e-e in the Senate) have been opposing any effort by the newly-elected and 70%-approval-rated president to deal with the crisis. I think Obama is learning quickly that he cannot depend on the conservatives for help to build a progressive country by redefining the role of government. Nobel laureate, Paul Krugman, nails it (again) about the Destructive Center.
Here's the Barack Obama we liked during the campaign: