Here's a question to which I honestly do not know the answer. The Republicans are obviously staking every penny of their political capital on a bit that the Obama "stimulus" will go sour, and the voters will swarm to the GOP in 2012. Is this:
A coherent, if high-risk, strategic gamble; or
Evidence that they are so isolated in self-pity that they can't see they are driving themselves in even deeper?
My own notion, subject to change without notice: the "stimulus" is not much of a "stimulus." But it will slosh a lot of money into the hands of a lot of people who will provide the infrastructure (heh!) for a reelection campaign in 2012.