The Republican Party has found a model to base its restoration upon: the British Army.
Last week Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said defeating the Democratic health care agenda would be President Obama's "Waterloo," the epic battle that between the British and Germans against the French that ended Napoleon's reign.
But Obama is committed to making this battle his Verdun - a miraculous victory from what looks like certain defeat.
Enacting sweeping health care reform that primarily provides universal coverage and lowers costs has been part of the Democratic and liberal agenda since at least the Truman administration. DeMint apparently thinks Obama cannot suffer this defeat lightly, considering the issues' proximity to Democratic hearts and its presence as a core campaign item for Obama.
Extending DeMint's analogy, it seems Republicans think if health care can be defeated then Obama's presidency will limp along into the 2012 elections before the GOP delivers the coup de grace of a White House win.
Obama seems determined to impersonate not Napoleon but Philipe Petain.
Petain commanded French forces during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. A massive German offensive meant to break the stalemate on Western Front was focused on Verdun and planned to draw the French into this part of the battlefield and bleed them white. (Think of the Republicans as Germans, Democrats as the French, health care as Verdun, and high poll numbers as blood.)