IMO, the GOP basically won this round. By holding to a "no taxes at all" position, they got the Dems to agree to make the Bush taxes permanent (something they were not able to do back in 2001 when they controlled both houses) except for income over 400k. That's frankly a minor concession (and a hell of a lot better than the 200k level the Dems originally wanted), given the bigger gains. It's kinda like wanting a triple scoop ice cream cone with sprinkles on it, and getting a triple scoop ice cream cone, but with only 90% of the sprinkles you wanted.
....Great job holding the line really.
So... they wanted "no taxes at all," got tax increases, and it's their victory? Well, as long as it makes you happy, keep saying that.
I would think a better analogy would be the GOP saying "We want free pizza!" and then being forced to pay for a salad and calling it a victory. Sure, it's still idiotic, but considering "conservatives" are crying that they are the losers of the deal and that Obama's supporters won, it's at least closer to the truth.
Not that I care. Stocks soared today