Stunning new polls – both public and internal – show that the Republicans may exceed New Gingrich’s 52-seat House gain in 1994, which would easily top the 39-seat magic number the GOP needs to capture the House. And the Senate, where the magic number is 10, is suddenly in play.
Yet at the White House, it appears that someone put Ambien in the water coolers. President Obama’s aides are talking about a modest package of small business tax cuts, and perhaps new spending on transportation infrastructure – which has no chance of passage in the Senate.
Rank-and-file Democrats are in full panic mode.
Their anxiety may intensify this Friday, when the August jobs report is expected to show that the economy continues to decelerate. Clearly, they need a pre-election Hail Mary pass.
More and more Democrats recognize the obvious: monetary policy is nearly out of gas, spending is politically toxic, and therefore tax stimulus is the only game in town – and therein lies an intriguing Hail Mary.
When lawmakers return to town on Sept. 13, what if Obama brings together leaders of both parties and hammers out the following deal – extend the Bush tax cuts indefinitely for 97% of Americans, and perhaps for two or three years for the wealthiest Americans.