Why did the Super Committee fail?

Below are two headlines from the Washington Post, one from the Republican side of the Super Committee and the other from the Democratic side.  

Read the two headlines and then post your thoughts:


The supercommittee failed because Democrats insisted on $1 trillion in new taxes

 By Jon Kyl, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Jeb Hensarling, Fred Upton and Dave Camp, Published: November 25


The supercommittee failed because Republicans refused to compromise

 By Chris Van Hollen, Saturday, November 26, 1:12 PM