Everyone thinks the situation in Washington is the result of two parties unable to come together. But who's really behind it?
In the 2012 elections, a little more than 59.6 million Americans voted for representatives from the Democratic party while 58.2 million voters supported the Republican candidate.
But due to the way that congressional districts are organized, Democrats got 33 fewer seats than the GOP in the House of Representatives.
So right off the bat, the House GOP represents a minority of Congressional voters. But it gets worse.
Let's look at the element of the House GOP that supports tying the continuing resolution to fund the government to an un-passable defunding of the Affordable Care Act.
Judging by the number of people who signed freshman Rep. Mark Meadow's (R-N.C.) letter, 81 members of the 233 GOP caucus support this hardcore strategy. They're called the "suicide caucus" by The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza.