“He’s been using this, and I must say with great skill — and ruthless skill and success — to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition,” Krauthammer said. “His objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war. And he’s done that.”
It was his intent from the start. He could have accepted the closing of the loopholes, but he insisted on rate increases. Obama wants to go over the cliff so he never negotiated in good faith.