Sen. Jim DeMint isn't alone in acknowledging the reality that President Barack Obama will be able to force through a tax increase.
It's a question Democrats generally don't want to talk about. But several aides told Roll Call that even though some Democratic Senators have floated the idea of an extension of all of the tax cuts, the vast majority of Democratic Senators plan to hang tough on taxes, particularly as part of any long-term deal.
Democrats simply aren't going to sign on to a big debt deal on Medicare, Medicaid and other big programs unless Republicans agree to real revenue, no matter who is elected, these Democrats said.
Daniel Newhauser and Jonathan Strong contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.