Corpus Callosum comments on all the fussing:
One peculiar irony of the 2008 Presidential campaign is that McCain's theme was "maverick," and Obama's was "change." Those are different expressions of the same idea: do things differently... Those who study family dynamics are familiar with what happens in a social system when someone tries to change. Essentially, the person who is initiating change is told it is wrong. Then he is told to revert to the old ways (change back!), then he is warned of dire consequences. Also, the others attempt to enlist additional parties as allies against the agent of change (this is called triangulation)... This occurs even among others who wanted the change, who welcome the change, and who think it is a good idea.
Indeed, this is straight from the textbooks. I would just add that from a systems perspective, the sickness itself is actually an adaptation that holds the creaking system together. That's why cure is resisted.