Actually, the GOP got more from zero on the "cliff" deal than most report:
1--the Bush "cuts" (that only returned taxes back before Clinton raised them in 1993) are permanent. That issue will never be something zero can hold over the entire nation's head again.
2-sequestration will hurt the Pentagon (but it has huge swaths of pork and fat to cut) but it also applies to fed. workers and the engorged DC work force that zero has upped 24% will also be slashed and cut, as people all over have lost jobs and careers and DC has never been touched.
3-all programs and agencies will also have automatic cuts that cannot be pushed into another year or stuffed somewhere off the books, actually helping attack the deficit and debt