Elections may come, politicians may go, shifting coalitions may reign and subtle realignments may prevail, but the percentage of dumb-ass Americans seems remarkably stable:
Forty-five percent surveyed in a new CNN/ORC poll said they would blame congressional Republicans if there is no [fiscal cliff-averting] agreement, with 34 percent pointing the finger at Obama [italics mine].
... at Obama. Why? For what?
It matters not. Because about one-third of the American electorate can always be counted on to be utterly, absolutely, breathtakingly wrong about pretty much everything.
I recall an early 1993 poll which revealed that about, oh, 34 percent of Americans disapproved of the job being done by newly inaugurated Vice President Al Gore. Poor Al couldn't yet even find his office each morning without assistance--not to mention that few vice presidents had had much to do once they got there--and already a third of the electorate was agin 'im. Unflinchingly.
There is a technical term for this 34 percent. It's called the Republican base.