Strange isn't it. All that press behind the last "cliff", now barely any leading up to this one. Neither side seems to give a damn (maybe related). Both sides of the political sports fans pointing fingers instead of pressing their own leaders (typical).
That's ok though, because at least we'll magically fix the issue of mass shootings with gun control methods that mean absolutely nothing. Not to mention blindly slash money towards programs in hopes they collapse completely (social security, medicare, etc...).
Obama and team D might have a slightly better public opinion poll on who's fault this all is, but they fail to realize that team R is way more fanatical and half of current team D support comes from finicky independant voters. Voters that will completely abandon them the first time a real presidential nominee gets thrown in front of them to vote for.
I'm not sure what tea leaves you're reading, the GOP is freaking out over this. All Obama has to do is sit on his position and the GOP will snap between the piece of the party that always wanted across-the-board cuts, and the piece that loves the military and elderly transfers. Since Obama's position really is a position of both tax increases/spending cuts, there's little political sense for him to adopt the GOP position of all spending cuts for stuff the GOP hates.
They realize a good portion of the current GOP is fanatics, that's why there's zero incentive to cave.