Similar to the Bush-Obama war on terror and the Romney-Obama health care plan.
That's what we have now. The piddly shit top-end bit notwithstanding. Obama seems to wish in his heart of hearts that Democrats were all more like Republicans. As for the "liberals" who are either cheering or at least not fuming about this: you are a major part of the problem.
One year and 5 year extensions on some good things in exchange for making the Bush tax cuts permanent is not a good trade off. Extending the lower rates for another 5 years would have been a better deal. Going over the cliff, blaming Republican intransigence and then negotiating a new tax cut would have been better politics.