You want to know why the GOP is behaving so desperately these days? I think it's because they are, in fact, feeling desperate.
Exhibit A: The fundraising page of the GOP's official website has a graphic celebrating "President Obama's Last Day," which they apparently think will be January 20, 2017:
|GOP: We'll get Obama out of office by the end of his second term, or else!|
But since we are talking about the party that denies the disastrous effects of global climate change and has attempted to legally bar the U.S. government from purchasing power-saving fluorescent light bulbs, I feel safe in ruling out any explanation that relies on GOP cleverness.
(Hat-tip to politicususa.com.)