It’s unclear if the two sides even know what each other is thinking.

As recently as last week, a top Boehner aide warned that Republicans should be prepared for Democrats to push another two-month extension — and Republicans should come up with a plan to combat that. But Senate Democrats flatly deny they’re even thinking about such a plan and said they are solely focused on a yearlong extension of the 2 percent payroll tax cut…

“If we cannot agree on a pay-for — or to the degree that we cannot — we may have to look at other options on the payroll tax,” Baucus said at the time. “That is, maybe it’s a shorter period of time, not a full 10 months through the rest of this year.”

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, flatly said the House GOP won’t accept a two-month deal…

A GOP leadership aide said, “Basically, there’s the bare minimum, then there’s 40 feet of crap, then there’s what Senate Democrats have been able to produce.”