The democrats can and are passing a lot of bills that are taking the country down the wrong path. That's fine because if the Republicans can get their act together, they can undo much of it in two years. The most important stand the Republicans MUST take is to protect the Supreme Court. With Souter's retirement it is time for Republicans to put up or shut up. It takes a minimum of 1 Republican vote on the judicial committee to move a nominee forward. This is when we see if the Republicans have what it takes to stand firm against any radicals that are not interested in enforcing the Constitution. If we loose the Supreme Court, the country will never recover. If the Republicans can't force at least a moderate judge then the republican party is finished too.