Democrats want the fiscal cliff. Democrats will blame the Republicans for "blocking legislation" to stop the fiscal cliff. Dems want higher taxes, and they know that no amount of "soak the rich" is enough to keep their favorite pork spending around.
So why are the Dems even trying to look like they are searching for a solution to the fiscal cliff, even after not being able to produce a budget since they took a majority? Why? Because Dems have a better psyops/propaganda cell to get their message out. They believe based on their experience that they can shift blame to the Republicans.
At this point it our government isn't about actual functioning, it is about the appearance of functioning. Congress has been reduced to the equivalent of two children pointing fingers at each other and saying, "It's your fault! Nuh uh!" in an attempt to get the public to buy either sides story of how the other kid started the fight and they were just standing up for themselves.
Republicans, if you can't fight dirty, go the fuck home. If you can't keep proposing real solutions that force the Dems to back down (and show your math, coming off as a technocrat isn't a bad thing in our society), then just roll over and piss on yourself like Boehner already has.
Politics isn't about getting things done, it is all about perception. All the world is a stage, and politics is center stage. Any politician who claims to have done something useful with their life in politics by creating legislation is a deluded fool at best, a narcissistic sociopath at worst. A politician who claims to have done something useful simply by blocking other politicians attempts to rape my freedoms might actually have a claim to the title of "useful."
So, the fiscal cliff is going to come, but Republicans need to start the narrative NOW that it is the Democrats who fought for it, who refused to compromise, who raised taxes on the middle class. All good little soundbites for the next election season in the house.
The Dems have been playing by Alinsky's rules for a generation or two now. The battle for the hearts and minds has been won so far by the Dems, but the great thing about an insurgency is that the hearts and minds get swayed the other way.