Here's the skinny for the Republicans. Obama and the media will always blame the GOP. Boehner and McConnell simply need to walk away from Obama's "plan". Let the economy free fall over that "cliff". Everyone's taxes will increase on the first paycheck in January and then the bitching will commence. Once Obama and the Dems hear the screaming from the "not-2%" - Boehner will get the deal without raising taxes on anyone.
Now, there's a lot of comments on why Buffett should or could pay more taxes, but the reality is: Raising the taxes on those small businesses like Obama is campaigning about (those with incomes over $250K and including FatCats like Buffett) will simply equal less investment in jobs. No Taxes for ANYONE now.