This is playing out to script. Obama has never wanted a deal. He's playing a different game. When Republicans seem to be caving he'll just make further demands. He'll use his rock star status, bully pulpit, and a compliant, fawning media to further discredit and destroy a hapless GOP that is leaderless and in disarray. For Democrats it's a win-win. They get a revenue gusher to dole out to their favorite crony supporters AND they get to blame the Republicans for the bad. As long as Democrats control the narrative Republicans will be powerless to stop Obama's grasp for power. No matter it hits an already strapped middle class, unemployment spikes, and the markets tank. There's no price too high to achieve Obama's socialist utopia.