This is strike three for the Republicans and they know it. They whiffed on the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling and now it is looking a lot like "Casey at the bat." The problem, regardless of how many Democrats declare the contrary, is "spending."
Obama jumped the shark with his "little temper tantrum" girded by law enforcement and fire fighters. He has been called to account in every conservative circle and even in some liberal publications. The Republicans must stand firm this time.
There are two options: A real and serious proposal by the Dems that cuts spending with not tax increases or the sequester goes into effect. Compromise, that includes any tax increases is not an option. The fastball is headed to the plate.