Governmental failure isn't Republican failure, it's Republican strategy. The filibuster is an obvious example: for Democrats it's a frustrating tactic, but for Republicans it's a strategy, if not actually a goal.
Eric Resnick did not want to ask the question. He felt an obligation, though, because other reporters were avoiding the subject. They ought to have long ago confronted Ken Mehlman about the contradictions between his politics and his personal life.