There's more pressure on Republicans, who control the House, to give on taxes than there is on Democrats, who control the White House and Senate, to give on spending. If the final deal -- whenever it happens -- cuts more than $400 billion over a decade, it will be a miracle.
So now the pressure is on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. If the country goes off the cliff, spokesman Don Stewart conceded, "everybody's going to get blamed." But: "We'll get blamed a whole lot more cutting a really bad deal."