Take a recent CBS/NY Times poll as an example:A party can dissent without being obstructionists. Unless the Right starts providing meaty and hard alternatives rather then 'just say no' politics. they will just further alienate themselves from the electorate.
* 52% of Americans trust Obama to make the right decisions for health, while only 27% feel Republicans are more trustworthy.
* 60% think Obama is trying to work with Republicans. Only 30% think Republicans are trying to do the same.
* just 30% have a good view of Congressional Repubs. 47% have a favorable view of Dems.
As one who does have legitimate concerns about the current proposals on the table, I hope they do decided to work together. We are close, time to put the country first.