If Taxes Go Up (for the Rich) Republicans Lose

There will be winners in a fiscal cliff deal. And they likely won't be Republicans.

This Nov. 29, 2012, photo shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Obama's take-it-to-the-people approach also differs from that in his first term when he pressed for what became an unpopular spending package aimed at reviving the economy and a sweeping health care overhaul. The measures passed, in large part due to congressional Democratic majorities.

But some say the Democrats lost big in the 2010 mid-term election because Obama didn't bother selling the health care overhaul — a situation he's likely trying to avoid again.

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  • Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at rmetzler@usnews.com or follow her on Twitter.