How often have you seen this in your lifetime? Whether in school or sports or in the workplace, someone is hoping that you fail. You can see how difficult it is to get a group to harness all the energy and effort to reach a common goal.....success! Lack of effort, jealousy, conflict of interest, greed, make your own list, that can result in the downfall of the group.
Politics is a great example. What is happening in Washington D.C. right now with the economy running aground, the petty bickering and decisiveness trying to enable the downfall of the rescue of the economy and the country is being fostered upon the public by the Republicans.
The planning for the resurrection of one's political party at the expense of others is a common tactic. Some have said they will not take money to help their own states. They also have said they will hold their breath until they get their way.
People as a rule don't like change even if what they are doing doesn't work.
Remember the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.