Seems The Economist got this exactly backward. After a year of taking his lumps, Obama came out of the health care battle relatively unscathed while the GOP — the "party of NO!" — was pretty torn up.
Further, I find the head bandage — out of context like this — not just creepy but eerily consistent with all far-right signs and protests we've seen reproduced in the visual media threatening or suggesting harm to the President.
(photo-illustration: The Economist. photo: not attributed online.)