And he may get what he wants in terms of the debt ceiling as well. At this point, there is almost no upside to dealing with Republicans. Actually..there is none. Once the Fiscal Cliff is done, so are they. They will lose the house in 2014. Obama gets to sunset the Bush Tax cuts..and get the Defense cuts that were necessary to balance the budget. And he's got a great deal of leverage..since he can soften those. Well played. Personally..I didn't see this when the sequester deal was done.