But ultimately, voters don't really care that much about bipartisanship, they care about results. It's been clear to the voters since the beginning that the president has been trying to reach out to Republicans only to be rebuffed by the GOP's strategy of total obstruction. In fact, a Gallup poll way back in April of 2009 found that two thirds thought Obama was willing to work with Republicans, while only 38 percent thought Republicans were willing to work with him. Americans have been convinced of this all along -- but they voted Republicans into power anyway.
Whether the president gets reelected depends on whether the economy recovers and more Americans have jobs, not on the next Congress melting into a campfire chorus of Kumbaya. If unemployment is where it is now, voters will care about "Republican obstruction" about as much as they did in 2010.
All Republicans have to do to win the White House is make sure anything that might help lower the unemployment rate gets killed in the House. They are counting on you going "I don't care what the Republicans did, Obama is supposed to be the adult, and if he can't get the job done, I'm staying home like I did in 2010 or hell I'm voting for the other guy."
They know the easiest way to win is to let the country fall apart. You will reward the Republicans with another chance. They know this.
And fall apart we shall.