Oh, Republican leadership. I don't know who does your polling or who you go to for advice, but right now you're on the wrong side of the tide. You stood up for the uber-rich, only to find out that "job creators" maybe aren't as popular as they once were (you know, when some were actually creating jobs).
Truth be told, the country isn't falling down in praise with how the President has been handling the debt ceiling situation, with about as many disapproving as approving. But too bad for you, that's where the so-so news ends.
66% of Americans thing a budget/debt ceiling deal should include tax increases
. That should be enough to bring you to the table. Assuming you've lost all your ability for rational thought, here's another one for you: 55% of Republicans would like to see tax revenues as part of the final package, as well as 53% of Tea Partiers. Tea Partiers!
The worst part about how you've handled all this is that now you'll probably get a lot less than you could have. President Obama offered $3 in cuts for every $1 in revenue increases. (When Reagan negotiated a similar deal with congressional Democrats, the ratio was reversed.) The President even offered to stand up to the liberals in his own party and raise the Social Security retirement age to 67. You were too busy getting yelled at by Grover Norquist
that you passed up a win-win deal. Once Obama showed that he was more serious than you were about tackling the deficit, your primary concern became not letting him outflank you.
Right now, all signs point towards Obama winning the political battle. With 85% of voters wanting you to compromise on a deal here, your priority should be in cutting your losses, and stopping the bleeding before more people wake up to how immature you're behaving.