The countdown continues with 20 days to go! “I survived the fiscal cliff” t-shirts may soon become a fad, especially since it appears that Republicans are trying to come to grips with what is becoming the inevitable: tax hikes. This is especially the case when Democratic staffers are quoted as saying, “We are winning … We don’t have to give up on anything yet,” according to Politico. These are not encouraging words, especially to Hill conservatives who are desperately looking to get some sort of concession on spending from congressional Democrats and an administration which have been anything but compromising.

Another reminder of this comes in the shape of Monday’s speech from President Obama, in which the Campaigner-in-Chief asserted his unwillingness to budge on taxes.