Will citizens rise up in anger at the Senate's refusal to perform their most basic duty? Of course not. The majority of those who vote have no appreciation for the importance of fiscal controls. They have been taught to believe that the government can print just as much money as it spends. Who cares if the Republicans in the House object. They are, after all, just the party of “no”.
There are some now arguing that the Republicans in the House should simply vote “present” for the next two years. Allow the Democrats to have their way. Since nothing can be done to avoid the fiscal cliff over which we are about to plunge, let the Democrats take responsibility for it. Unfortunately, the voting public won't see it that way. Regardless of how the Republicans act, they will be blamed.
Isn't the current economy the fault of George Bush and the Republicans? If Obama and the Democrats fail, it can still be blamed on them. If the Republicans attempt to alter our path and we fail, it will be their fault. Yes, the Republicans can't win for losing.
There's only one way in which the Republican's can succeed. They can prevent Obama from being elected to a third term by preventing a Constitution Amendment that would allow it.
Does all this mean that the Republican Party is finished? Maybe not. Surprisingly, the Republican party remains dominant in the majority of states. The Tea Party movement is succeeding at spreading conservative ideas at the local level. Now, if only the Republican Party can come to embrace conservatism and field a conservative candidate for President in the next election, they might break the cycle of electing celebrities to that office. If not, the conservative majority in this country will continue to stay away from the polls, and the future will continue to be in the hands of the progressives.