Unemployment remains high and Republicans have a record edge in the Generic Congressional Ballot. Almost as many voters believe the 'Stimulus' hurt the economy as believe it helped. Voter turnout yesterday indicates the Republican base is mush more 'fired up' than the Democratic base. Top Democrats are now coming to grips with the tidal wave of voter anger headed their way this November.
Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.
In conversations with more than two dozen party insiders, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the state of play, Democrats in and out of Washington say they are increasingly alarmed about the economic and polling data they have seen in recent weeks.
They no longer believe the jobs and housing markets will recover – or that anything resembling the White House’s promise of a “recovery summer” is under way.