None of the above--it's the voters that put them where they are.
If you ask a child to drive a car - it's hardly the little guy's/gal's fault if it crashes.
It's yours for putting then behind the wheel.
The fact that 90+% of these politicians - on both sides, from the top down - are so STAGGERINGLY incompetent/corrupt, just shows how staggeringly useless the average American voter is at choosing competent candidates.
But because most of these useless voters are too ignorant to realize the problem is them - they keep blaming the very people they voted for; instead of looking at who truly is to blame...the person in the mirror.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I don't know who is most at fault to be honest but I personally will consider the political side to be the guilty party if I see them as being the ones using this an an opportunity to demonize instead to working to correct it.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
Can I get a vote for Congress?
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern