It's in the best interest of the country for there to be a formidable opposition party - one that flourishes with an opposing, yet (debate worthy) viable vision for the country. We do not have that. The Republicans response to the economic crisis? A spending freeze. Yes, like Herbert Hoover's response to the Great Depression. Obscene. Josh Marshall calls the Republicans a "joke". But that gives them too much credit. They've taken the concept of "do nothing" and made it -1(do nothing). Concerned more with winning political battles than fixing problems, they've confused the new Great Depression for the new Civil War. Unbelievable.