Congressional Democrats are reportedly beginning to push a little harder for some kind — any kind — of economic stimulus as part of the debt-reduction talks. It’s more in line with the kind of “bargain” that makes political sense: Democrats get what they want (more jobs, stronger economy) in exchange for what Republicans say they want (long-term debt reduction).

Apparently, the Dems’ appeals aren’t going over especially well.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday morning … ripped Senate Democrats for calling for more stimulus spending as part of the deal.

“What planet are they on?” he asked.

Right. Those who are concerned about unemployment and a faltering recovery aren’t just wrong, in McConnell’s eyes, they might as well be on another planet.

If, however, you believe taking money out of the economy immediately, making public-sector job losses even worse, and focusing on a debt crisis that doesn’t actually exist are great ideas, then Mitch McConnell thinks you’re just being sensible.

Of course, it’s possible McConnell asked, “What planet are they on?” in more of a practical way. In other words, maybe the Minority Leader believes there’s so little GOP support for giving the economy a boost, the measures would never pass.

And if that’s the case, I’d like to introduce McConnell to a word that may seem foreign to him. It’s “compromise.” If Democrats are already prepared to go along with $2 trillion in spending long-term cuts, it doesn’t mean they’re extra terrestrials simply because they’re looking for ways to improve the economy.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.