This is why Rush Limbaugh is one of the smartest commentators out there (Not that it was totally unpredictable but ...):
Obama's entire strategy is no deal. … Obama's praying for super committee failure. His $1 billion campaign requires it. … Not only is failure not an option, failure is the goal.
-- Rush Limbaugh, November 16, 2011
It's smoke and mirrors, folks. You put 12 partisan Democrats on this committee who have as their number one objective reelecting Barack Obama and I will guarantee you that there is no way that this problem's gonna be solved. That's not the Obama strategy … to solve the problem. The Obama strategy is to exacerbate the problem and then get together with the media and blame the Republicans for it.
-- Rush Limbaugh, November 21, 2011 (afternoon)
… [D]espite the broad agreement that exists for such a [balanced] approach, there's still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington. They continue to insist on protecting $100 billion worth of tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans at any cost, even if it means reducing the deficit with deep cuts to things like education and medical research. Even if it means deep cuts in Medicare. So at this point, at least, they simply will not budge from that negotiating position. And so far, that refusal continues to be the main stumbling block that has prevented Congress from reaching an agreement to further reduce our deficit. …
Although Congress has not come to an agreement yet, nothing prevents them from coming up with an agreement in the days ahead. They can still come together around a balanced plan. I believe Democrats are prepared to do so. My expectation is, is that there will be some Republicans who are still interested in preventing the automatic cuts from taking place. . …