The vibe I get is it's not about pragmatic solutions, it's about a power tug-o-war.
The GOP by criticizing everything with hyper-partisan talking points, gives the impression that there was another, more efficient way to handle things. But does anyone have a clue what that is (was). The GOP counter proposals on health care were laughably unworkable. Did they float a stimulus package or just say we'd promote this, cut that, and free up the market to work, blah, blah... as if the Dems are the enemy of the banking and finance sector.