It is now crystal-clear that Barack Obama is not dealing in good faith. I explain it at CFIF. Here's part of it:
I cannot name a single important instance in which President Obama actually gave any substantive ground to Republicans, on anything. There wasn’t a single concession to anybody right of center in ObamaCare. There was no concession in the “debt limit” negotiations, but instead merely a postponement of the situation until he hoped political circumstances would be more favorable. And now, in these “Fiscal Cliff” talks occurring now, every time John Boehner makes an offer, Obama actually moves in the other direction.... This man has no interest in keeping the government solvent. Just the opposite: He obviously wants it to spend, spend, spend, and grow, grow, grow, no matter what. He’s playing a long-term game, for total federal-government control, no matter what the short-term damage he does.
It doesn't help, of course, that Republicans seem utterly inept at bargaining, at strategy, at tactics, and at communications. It hurts even more that the establishment media has no standards other than left-wing ideology and fawning beatification of Obama. Obama is deliberately acting as the Grinch that steals the new year, but he will continue to be portrayed in the media as if he is a greater saint even than Mother Teresa.