: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L) speaks as House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) listen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Plans are flying back and forth between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner over the best way to avoid hurtling over the "fiscal cliff." Smart people on both sides believe a deal is near.

That’s a good thing for Republicans. In fact, looking at the numbers in a new Washington Post-ABC poll, it may be an absolutely necessary thing for the GOP.

The Fix explains why.