There was a poll out today saying 53% would blame republicans for the crisis.
The democrats have no need to negotiate.
Democrats have always wanted the ability to raise everyones taxes. This not only allows them to have taxes increased, but also the military budget slashed and democrats actually being credited with fighting against the increases.
In the democrats wildest dreams they never imagined that this would be offered to them on a silver plate. Democrats cannot lose no matter what happens.