Republicans losing public opinion wars in "fiscal cliff" talks as Pres Obama's ratings continue to rise. (Reuters) - Negotiations are expected to continue Thursday on the "fiscal cliff" with Republicans at a growing public opinion disadvantage and approval ratings for President Barack Obama rising to levels not seen since the killing of Osama bin Laden. So far, I'm amazed at the evident failure of GOP leadership to learn anything from the 2012 election. Republicans are boisterous blubbering bullies. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.