Oh please, you give Obama too much credit. The republicans did it to themselves and they're like crack addicts--they just can't stop.
While the republicans have made a few poor choices in the past which all involve comprising with democrats in a dumb way they really didn't do this to themselves. It is the fault of the voters in this country.
Our culture has shifted away from one of personal responsibility and accountability. Everyone wants a handout and the democrats love buying votes with them. The majority of the media is full of idiots that support this garbage.