There is no good outcome for Republicans as long as Obama has the fawning press to spin it for him. I think Obama wants to take us over the cliff and here's his plan:
1. Stick to the demands that Republicans cannot support, thus taking us over the cliff,
2. The Republicans will get blamed because they are trying to protect their rich friends ... Obama gets his tax hikes PLUS cuts to the defense department.
3. Obama comes back immedialtely with a proposal for middle-class tax cuts ... now called the "Obama tax cut"
4. The proposal would have to be supported by everybody in Congress who wants to be re-elected.
5. Our hero saves us once more from those evil Republicans (can you say third term anyone?)