The Republicant will to stand against anything the Democrats might remotely favor is a self-defeating strategy. It means, quite simply, that one can't do anything so one must prohibit another from doing anything so that the first one can continue not doing anything. It is pure defense. But eventually, the opponent will accomplish something, call it a field goal if you like, and then the score will be 3 to nothing. Change happens; to struggle is an option. The Republicants still lose, and those who support them lose as well.
Don't take my word for it. Daniel Larison puts it much better than I could.
The Republican glorification of the “surge” is a case in point. A change in tactics was widely hailed on the right not only as a “new strategy,” which showed that the people saying this did not understand what strategy was, but most Republicans took it to be a vindication of the entire war. Tactical success later matters more to them than the strategic folly they committed earlier. It is almost as if resisting Obama tooth and nail counts for more to them than the utter failure of their time in government, and they fully expect to be rewarded with a new chance at governing on account of their blocking maneuvers. As time goes on, however, the limits of this approach become clear. Having no understanding of strategy and no definition of the long-term goals to be achieved, they are ultimately not going to succeed in any remotely enduring way. Tactical victories simply delay the final reckoning and prevent the recognition that the policy or agenda is bankrupt and useless.
The party’s leaders have no clue, its pundits are reveling in the luxury of opposition, and its rank-and-file has been whipped into such a state of agitation over their own impotence that they cannot see that they are led by people who will ignore and abuse them the moment they are no longer needed to win elections. It may seem that the GOP has derailed the majority’s agenda, but in reality it is the GOP that went off the rails long ago and has yet to begin to recover.
The tactics of opposition fail when offense is applied. Obama proved that in the SOTU address and again today when he spanked the Republicant minority fixated on supporting everything they somehow claim to oppose.