WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' campaign strategy for the fall elections seemed set: hammer Democrats on the health care law and "jobs, jobs, jobs."
But Democrats are showing increasing confidence on those fronts.
So House Republicans are gambling that ramping up new inquiries into old controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and Libya will energize conservative voters — without turning off moderates.
Democrats say the moves reek of political opportunism and desperation.
Republicans say their actions are serious and justified, even if they also might be good politics as the midterm elections approach.