"In order for us to make real progress, the president must do more than criticize," Boehner said.
With the economy still emerging as the top issue of the day with a plurality of voters, each side will continue to brand the other as uncompressing obstructionists. And even if the economic trends show improvement, the fall campaign season may be coming too quickly to change the battleground.
"It takes a long time for economic statistics to be felt in people's pocketbooks," Ayres said. "It may be too late at this point to affect the political environment of the midterm elections.
What's more, neither side has an incentive to tout much progress.