Who cares? The GOP is pretty much relegated to permanent minority party status after this election anyways. The House will stay GOP for another 2-4 Congressional sessions, then flip back to Dems.
The GOP should just say “scr&w it, we’re going to spend the next generation or two arguing over the crumbs the Dems decide to toss to us anyways so we’re going to do what’s right” and go tough-love here. Let the fiscal cliff happen.
Some of our children will be reading about Democrats some day and say 'wonder what they were like'.