That is the kind of thinking that got us this election day.
I assume what you mean by ‘the right thing’ is what you want them to do.
The “right thing” is don’t increase taxes, sponsor legislation that addresses spending, have the democrats reject it and we get the consequences in January. If that’s surrendering, then so be it.
There is no “winning” on this issue in the current climate, because the democrats who control the Senate and the White House are not going to magically agree with us. They have absolutely no incentive to do.