Update: Now they're denying it.
One of the ways the Republicans were able to regain power---besides the most important tactic, the traditional suppressed voter turnout at the midterms---was to be completely uncompromising. In fact, they were so uncompromising that it was ridiculous. If a liberal said the sky was blue, they'd say, "Nuh-uh, hot pink!", and then run to Fox News to complain that the liberal elitists were bashing their religious beliefs.
There are many lessons you could learn from this, but the most important one is that these aren't people for whom concessions will ever come. Not when they're in power, and not when they're out of it. They won't be seen by their base as agreeing on anything with the man they've painted a Muslim Kenyan who stole the Presidency so that he can have a steady flow of infant blood to drink. Which is why this news story is me giving up on the Obama administration and using the precious minutes saved from the day to work on other things, read novels, and play Rock Band.
President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board, temporary continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers.
That appears to be the only way, said David Axelrod, that middle-class taxpayers can keep their tax cuts, given the legislative and political realities facing Obama in the aftermath of last week's electoral defeat.
"We have to deal with the world as we find it," Axelrod said during an unusually candid and reflective 90-minute interview in his office, steps away from the Oval Office.
When will they learn that you don't deal with bullies by acting like bullies are people who can be reasoned with. What the Democrats need is Jack Donaghy on hand to explain the world to them.
To modify Jack's point for the situation at hand: "The Republicans are being irrational, and irrational behavior doesn't respond to rationality. It responds to fear."
Though I suppose you could point out that the Republicans are being entirely rational with their over-the-top assholery, promotion of irrationality, and grand-standing. It's basically bullying, and they have correctly assessed that their targets give in to bullies. The lunch money will be handed over every single time. In this case, the lunch money is our nation's viability as a proper Western democracy with a substantial middle class. The Republicans made a threatening gesture at Democrats, and Democrats caved immediately and gave Republicans the banana republic they want.
There are no political gains to be made from this. None. The Republicans will always find a way to cater to corporate interests and the rich more than Democrats, so believing that you can win over those folks to support you more than Republicans---something that's bound to be haunting Democrats after Citizens United---is an utter fantasy. And you have to ask yourself, what's the point of winning elections if you let the losers dictate your choices for you? Might as well stay home and play Rock Band. At least you're using fewer of the planet's resources, and by letting the situation go to hell the easy way, you have less stress and might live longer. Long enough to watch all the horrible consequences for our once great nation when you take all our economic resources and put the hands of a tiny, ego-crazed minority of people.