Chess champions would readily sacrifice their queen when it gives them a tactical or strategic advantage. Ann Coulter last Wednesday (Dec 5) said the House must agree on raising taxes, or suffer huge politician damage. Can't get more right wing comment then that. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/ann-coulter-gop-taxes-obama-hannity_n_2249545.html http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/0...o-make-sure-the-economy-gets-blamed-on-obama/ Resistance is heavily due to the meddling of Grover Norquist, and his ancient "Taxpayer Protection Pledge", written at a time when the economy was much, much better. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickung...-anti-tax-pledge-reached-the-end-of-the-road/ It is very simple, if the House Republicans fail to agree to the demands Obama has been saying since 2011, then tax rates for EVERYONE goes up. By omission, 100% of those who signed the pledge have violated it. NOT doing something is a valid reason for criminal prosecution (negligent homicide, or instance). Republicans can mitigate the damage by accepting tax increases and accept a little heat. By going over the edge, as Coulter points out, they will be blamed by EVERYONE. What I see happening is the majority (vast majority) of Republicans too scared to re-nig on the contract and upset their constituents (almost likely only a few will be at risk). To them the Fiscal Cliff is less ominous then Norquist coming down on them. But what will people see? A party under direct control by non-political entities? Norquist is not an elected official, not controlled by any politician, yet wields enormous influence in the entire Republican party. They might become "Do not represent me" party.