If the GOP was smart (yea, right!) they would simply state that they will vote ‘present’ & let the Dems do what they will. But at every stage of the collapse of our economy, they should point out: “This is what the Democrats have done.”
And keep on repeating it at every opportunity.
I believe that elections DO far less than they REVEAL. What the 2012 election REVEALED is that 51% of the voting public has no idea how free markets or the real world works.
They think we live in some land of make believe where the good times never end, money just "appears" on your card every month, all lifestyles are morally equal, there is no such thing as a "bad" choice, the ends justify the means, etc....
The only thing that is going to change anything is for them to be given a lesson on where their ideology ultimately leads.
The only way to do that is to hand them the keys and let them drive......and buckle your seat belt ;)