It's both unfair and inaccurate to call the 12 members of the Congressional Supercommittee "total failures." They're not total failures. In fact, they are succeeding quite admirably in one regard.
That is, pointing their finger at everyone else but themselves as responsible.
POLITICO notes quite rightly that in light of the not-surprising-but-still-disgraceful faceplant that the Supercommittee performed instead of its duty to cut government spending, members are not showing the least bit of shame.
In recent days, the panel members have hit the hustings hard to work the blame game on something that ended up a disaster. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), co-chair of the committee, spoke Wednesday at an event hosted by center-left Brookings Institution, insisting that the "sticking point" in the panel's failure was the GOP's refusal to offer up sufficient tax revenues. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) dropped by the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Monday, slamming President Barack Obama and talking up corporate tax reform. And Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) hasn't been shy about highlighting his work: The title of his Tuesday address to conservatives at The Heritage Foundation was "Life After the Super Committee: Where We Go From Here."
More than the failure itself, it's the reaction to the failure that marks the modern national politician for what they are: Shameless, spineless, hopeless.
Instead of admitting what everyone already knows (that the Supercommittee idea was stupid from the beginning and the members of the panel had no real interest in agreeing), the members are taking the usual and infinitely-more-lazy approach of trying to spin the monumental failure by saying that other people failed more.