There really is no place for the GOP to retreat (except in the Jim DeMInt fashion.) Republicans have virtually no avenue to get their message out. The MSM will continue to whipping the ignorant peasants into a frenzy, literally drowning out any intelligent discussion. Once over the fiscal cliff Obama has no reason to rescue the middle class. Already strapped they'll will become even more desperate as taxes take a huge bite and their investments go south as the market tanks. They'll be ever more willing to grasp at any offered straw. The media will then begin pointing to conservative think-tanks accusing them of fomenting social unrest. We all know the script. There's no price too high for Obama to reach his goal of a socialist utopia.