And part of it is that people don't "get" what's going on. They blame the Democrats as much as the Republicans. (I blame the Democrats for trying to BE Republicans, myself. I thought I voted for a Democratic president, but I was wrong. I got a Republican. That's another post.)
Paul Krugman, in the NY Times:
Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is the destructive influence of a cult that has really poisoned our political system....the cult of balance, of centrism.THis is absolutely true. We were talking to The Boy the other night. He is a 19 year old college student, disengaged from politics, who roundly blames both sides. No, we said. No, the Dems have given away the store and nothing is enough for these madmen.
Think about what’s happening right now. We have a crisis in which the right is making insane demands, while the president and Democrats in Congress are bending over backward to be accommodating — offering plans that are all spending cuts and no taxes, plans that are far to the right of public opinion.
So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent — because news reports always do that. And we have influential pundits calling out for a new centrist party, a new centrist president, to get us away from the evils of partisanship.
You have to ask, what would it take for these news organizations and pundits to actually break with the convention that both sides are equally at fault? This is the clearest, starkest situation one can imagine short of civil war. If this won’t do it, nothing will.
And yes, I think this is a moral issue. The “both sides are at fault” people have to know better; if they refuse to say it, it’s out of some combination of fear and ego, of being unwilling to sacrifice their treasured pose of being above the fray.
It’s a terrible thing to watch, and our nation will pay the price.