No, Republicans did it to themselves.Mistakingly cut instead of copied this part of sonic's post - Krauthammer's scathing analysis of Obama...
"He's been using this -- and I must say with great skill, and ruthless skill, and success -- to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition. The only redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war, and he's done that. How did he do it? By always insisting from day one after the election that Republicans had to raise rates ... he did that because he knew it would create a crisis among Republicans, and it did."
...sonic thought it was complimentary.
For two years they have ranted against any tax increases.How evil they were. How they punished the wealthy for being successful. How they kill jobs.
So, what room did they leave themselves to compromise????
So between their own rhetoric & their pledge to Norquist, they f*cked themselves.
They must agree to some tax increases or send us over the cliff.