Amid new polls showing Democrats losing momentum with voters, the White House is sounding less confident about its chances in November.
The new posture is one-half reality check, one-half calculated strategy — aimed at waking the party’s base from a state of general apathy.
“I think I did what is maybe uncommon in this town,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “I opened my mouth and stated the obvious.”
Gibbs over the weekend publicly acknowledged for the first time that Republicans could win control of the House.
It was not a far-fetched conclusion. A new Gallup poll found 38 percent of Republicans very enthusiastic about the midterm elections, compared to 25 percent of Democrats.