At ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:

Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely. It’s quite simple: House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

rding to Karl, a “variation” on the plan would have House GOP members allowing a vote only on extension of “middle class tax cuts,” but voting “present” on the bill, so that it would pass with Democratic votes only, and so Democrats would “tak(e) blame for tax increases on 98 percent of income tax payers.”

What better to follow a contrived “fiscal cliff” than a contrived “doomsday plan”?