I don't think what's best for the country - according to the country - matters to the right. It always comes down to what their strict ideology demands. They have a vision/obssession as to the country they want and have this unique ability to be able to ignore everything else. Whereas the left seems to worry greatly about the polls and public opinion, the right only dig in further.
Perhaps seeing that it is their only opportunity to achieve their dream of dismantling the welfare state, reducing taxes for those who work the hardest and spend the most to keep the economy healthy, they stick their heads in the sand and push even harder. Like a protester been led away by police but continues to yell towards the cameras. Or like those terribly old fashioned headmasters who still operate as if living in a Dickesian novel, feeling they know what's best regardless.
The irony being that the right attains power during troubled times, always claiming to be the fix for what ails the country, and voters seem oblivious to the fact that it's ultra-coservative ideology which causes the majority to suffer even more in times of need. A scenario which puts those responsible for damage in the position of damage controllers.
Problem being is that the average person knows very little about their own political theories, much less those of others. They know little, if anything, about economics or the psychology of managing social groups or anything else to understand when they are voting against their own personal, social or class interests. And as sad as that is, neither do the politicians they vote for.
Which always takes us back to the idea that whatever then comes down the road, we deserve. And rather pathetically, we never notice until it's too late. In spite of the occaisional bright moments which happen against these odds, I don't see this ever changing. We are what we are in spite of our deeper nature.
I spent most of my life blissfully ignorant of all things political, and I haven't figured out very much past some basics , but I have seen some obvious things since the assignment of Dubya to the throne (and listening to Mrs. D. who read obsessively for several years and reported to me about it all whether I liked it or not ) , and I haven't seen or figured out anythjing that causes me to disagree with any of what you just said above.
We are, collectively, what we manifest in the world as the species, despite whatever deeper nature we as individuals posess, be it spiritual ,religious, intellectual , philosophical, artistic , real or imagined , and what we've managed to manifest so far is a mix of genius and idiocy, love and cruelty , vision and blindness, good and bad and a lot of ugly . Our highest is always tempered by our lowest , and while our computing power doubles every year and a half, our ability to exist as a functional , co-operative group seems as much of a fantasy as a moon rocket would have seemed to a caveman . But hey , if you say the French might be turning the corner , I might just hold out some hope for the rest of us