But a third also doled out the blame equally. "They both over-reached, and they both deserve credit for the Democrats' bruising defeat," said one Republican. Another joked, "They formed a suicide pact and succeeded." Only 27 percent of the Republican Congressional Insiders said Democratic congressional leaders should take more credit for the party's midterm losses than Obama.
At the same time, the Congressional Insiders diverged when it came to forecasting the prospects for the bipartisanship on Capitol Hill next year. The difference probably had something to do with the vantage point and changed circumstances of the two parties. Asked whether there would be less, about the same, or more bipartisanship in 2011 compared with the current Congress, 51 percent of the Republican Congressional Insiders said there would be more. Democratic Congressional Insiders were not nearly so upbeat: 51 percent of them predicted that there would be less bi-partisanship next year. Another 22 percent said the level would remain about the same and 24 percent actually thought more bi-partisanship was likely. Only 11 percent of the GOP Congressional Insiders thought there would be less bi-partisanship and 35 percent predicted it would be about the same.