Your use of the term "bully" seems right on target. Hitler had his brown shirts with hobnail boots to physcally beat up any dissenters to his ideas. Obama has the news media to attack and belittle his dissenters as well as the talk show morons to belittle and make fun of anyone who tries to point out the truth that the emperor has no clothes. The problem is that the republicans (especially Boehner) are spineless towers of jello in the face of negative publicity in the media. They make a few conservative sounding noises and then cave. It makes one wonder, what do these republicans really stand for? If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.