They choose to tank the economy rather than let the top 2% pay more taxes. That is really their only objection; the one principle they deem so important as to fight to the death (or at least the next primary).
The stereotype of 'party of plutocrats' is now a sad truism, since we know they care next to nothing for those dirty masses of "47 percenters" who just wanted "gifts". (Presumably, the rest want insecure jobs with no health insurance.)
"Hysteria" would be a perfect word...if it wasn't an insult to actual, honest hysterics.
We also can't say that they don't give a s**t. They absolutely do. They care very, very deeply that POTUS is an illegitimate president, a foreigner with no mandate and clearly no respect for the time-honored, American, tradition of electing old, white men to the presidency.
They favor war with Iran and apartheid (or worse) in Israel.
They want to re-start the Cold War with Russia and start a new one with China.
They want all of the power to govern without any of the responsibility to govern.
For them, torture is totally cool, but gay marriage is not; global warming is just fine with them, but environmentalism is a commie plot to take over monsanto.
As one senator said, The GOP has still not fully accepted the 2008 results, let alone the 2012 results. So, why should we wonder when their version of reality does not comport with that of the rest of us...?
Granted, the GOP is still kinda in tact, which is remarkable considering how low they've dropped over the past few years. It's just too bad the new leaders can't measure up to the older ones.