Fanaticism drives the Republicans these days as they find their meaning and unity in the goal of destroying Obama and the Democrats. As Digby noted, David Vittner lays out the Republican strategy which is betting that the stimulus package fails and that allows the Republicans to create a bright new world of "freedom" from taxes that are used to help the unworthy "other".
According to Vitter, the GOP is basically betting the farm that the stimulus package is going to fail, and the party wants Democrats to go down with it. "Our next goal is to make President Obama and liberal Democrats in Congress own it completely," he said. Instead of coming up with serious measures to save the economy, the party intends to devote its time to an "we told you so" agenda that will include GOP-only hearings on the bill's impact in the coming months to highlight the bill's purportedly wasteful elements and shortcomings.
When Obama talked about bipartisanship, he hoped to engage in an active and reason-based discussion with people who although they had a different philosophy and worldview, still wished to find solutions to the real problems that face our country and our world. He was looking for conservatives. But instead he found fanatics.
What he found is people who believe that sabotaging Obama and the Democrats' proposals and hoping the country spirals into economic disaster will finally convince the American public that the conservative vision of a world is the best. They worship at the altar of free market orthodoxy and have a vision of low taxes and a minuscule government that doesn't interfere with the "freedom" of (important) individuals (or corporations) do to anything they want to make money and where every man must fend for himself. This is what they believe creates the best world for people.
The rest of America and the world best hope they don't get their way.