It's a lose-lose situation because no matter what the GOP does, they will be blamed by the myrmidon media. If Republicans refuse to deal, they will be blamed for going over the cliff. When the economy collapses under higher taxes and Obamacare, the media will still blame Republicans for not going along with Pelosi and Obama enough. Winston Smith eventually believed 2 + 2 = 5 because he WANTED to believe whatever the State said was true, even if it defied logic. That is the position of well-educated journalists today.