CuriousJockAZ saidLots of blame to go around.
Not really -- this is all the fault of a small minority of radical right-wing Republicans, not even all Republicans, and certainly not Democrats.
The sequestration budget levels the Republicans are refusing to fund were based on Democrats giving in to Republican demands. The Affordable Care Act Republican crybabies are tantruming over has no public option/single payer because of Democrats compromising for Republicans. Democrats and moderate Republicans are ready to accept these compromises and move on, but a fringe right wing led by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul is so batclap nuts that they'd destroy the country to extract even more.
We hear the same broken record from Right Wingers all the time, that both political parties are at fault. CuriousJockAZ has sung that same song here with every election cycle.
But let's examine it: the Republicans get caught with their hands in the cookie jar. And just as guilty little kids do who get caught red-handed, their response is to shift attention to someone else. "But Billy spilled his milk last week!" "Susie stole cookies last summer!" But to an adult, there's no real equivalence, and it's THEIR hand in THIS cookie jar.
Plus there's a Republican political strategy here. They know they have a political base that's stronger and more fanatically loyal than the Democrats have. The Republican base will vote for serial killers on death row, just so long as there's an (R) after their last name.
Democratic voters aren't so blindly loyal to their party, and might be discouraged and turned-off by slams against a system that's portrayed as being completely flawed. Resulting in a lower Democratic voter turnout.
But Republican loyalists are fairly consistent. Therefore bash all of politics, because that will lower the Democratic vote, but much less the Republican. And the Moderates remain up for grabs, based mostly on local issues that can be fought pragmatically. ("All politics are local")
So yeah, I recognize this strategy of bashing Republicans along with Democrats, blaming them both for this current budget crisis. Because the Republicans will emerge largely unscathed with their base, while it's the Democrats who will take the hit with Democrats and Moderates. Very clever, indeed.