Give it a shot! I predict abject failure. I don't see Republicans agreeing to an increase in taxes on the wealthy. That is their Ground Zero, the single most important item to the GOP. And the deal cannot be that others pay higher taxes but not the top 2%, nor can it be on spending cuts only. The only possible victory I see is if both sides suck it up, share the heat equally for raising middle class taxes, and agree on a phased-in expiration of the Bush tax cuts, along with phased-in spending cuts. (Phased-in so as not to shock the economy.) I am not optimistic about this, because both sides spent the campaign promising the middle class that their taxes would not be raised, that the deficit instead would be fixed by magic potions. So the two parties will be hit hard by a backlash if they demonstrate their promises to be false. But ... maybe.