What we have had since 2010 is a House which continues to pass legislation and attach riders, amendments that it knows the Senate won’t pass. So in retaliation Senator Reid tables this legislation or bills without debate or a vote. So the House is peeved that no votes or debates are happening in the Senate and the Senate is peeved at being sent a bunch of bills in which they consider way out of line. The longer this continues, the more peeved each chamber gets at the other. One might even say each now hates the other. Both chambers feel the other is not interested in governing that they are only interested in advancing a political agenda. This sentiment is probably true, but it applies to both chambers.
As to the blame game, any honest person who follows politics knows Republicans will blame Democrats and Democrats will blame Republicans. But where does the independent, that person who does not affiliate or identify with either party fall or blame. Only CNN polled independents and independents only. After all they do at the moment make up 45% of the electorate. On the evening of the 8th of October here is their results. Independents and Independents only.
60% of Indies blamed the Republican Congressional Delegation
59% blamed the Democratic Congressional Delegation
58% blamed President Obama
Can one say a pox on both parties. Just as a reference point, back in 1996 the blame was fixed at 51% on the Republicans and 28% on the Democrats and President Clinton at the time. This time you do not have that huge gap. I think the reason why, especially among independents is they have seen the lack of cooperation between the major parties in an attempt to govern. Each party wants their own way, all of it. If they do not get their way, all 100%, they settle for zero, nothing and block the other party from getting anything they want or deem important.