An example from an Ezra Klein article at the Washington Post:
"Mike Murphy is one of the top political consultants in the Republican Party. He’s been a top strategist for Mitt Romney, John McCain, Jeb Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other Republicans...
Murphy’s initial view was that to unlock GOP votes for a budget deal, Obama just needed to endorse chained CPI and more means-testing in Medicare. Then it was pointed out that Obama has endorsed means-testing in Medicare, so Murphy wondered why he didn’t endorse chained CPI as part of a deal. Then it was pointed out that Obama did endorse chained CPI, at which point Murphy called chained CPI “a gimmick,” and said Obama had to endorse raising the Medicare age, drop his demands for more revenue as part of a deal and earn back the GOP’s trust."
In other words, no matter what Obama said or did, the Republicans were going to refuse any deal that cost the rich a single penny. Everything they do is nothing but a dumb show to sucker the rubes into somehow believing Republicans give a damn about them. In the end, it's only the rich that count; the rest of us can rot in hell for all they care.
The Republican party is a wholly owned tool of the top hundredth of one percent of the people in this country, and has been for a century. It exists to further no one's interests but this minuscule group. And as the concentration of wealth in the U.S. has reached the point where a few hundred people like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson can essentially outspend all of the rest of us in political campaigns, we are approaching a reality in which a couple of thousand families will entirely control all political power, in a sort of mega-Latin American oligarchy.
All those fool teabaggers, out in the streets, screaming about liberty, as they actively do what they can to destroy it.