Democratic strategists need a dramatic shift in the House playing field if they are going to have any chance of netting the 25 seats they need to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. And that outcome looks increasingly remote.
Right now, the outlook for the House is anywhere from a small GOP gain to a modest Democratic gain in the single digits — not close to what Democrats hoped for as the cycle began.
(Via HotAir headlines.) Given the likelihood that Republicans will retain their majority in the House and, at minimum increase their representation in the Senate, you’d expect journalists to ask the president how he, should he win a second term, he plans to govern with a Republican House ill-disposed to his big-government initiatives.
If the Democrat does succeed in beating Mitt Romney this will, he will not do so on the strength of his ideas or support for his policies, but on his ability to define and demonize his Republican rival. He will, in short, have no mandate.
But, then, maybe the state of play in the House races suggests a different outcome in the race for the White House.