Biden Remarks About Democrats and 2010 Midterm Elections Likely To Help Republican Fundraisers

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They must be popping open the champagne at the RNC’s fund raising office today because Vice President Joe Biden has now given them the perfect quote to stick in fundraising letters and in ads for campaign 2010. ABC News reports:

Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.

Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.

“If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.

The GOP needs 40 seats to take back the house. And since the GOP was virtually written off right after the election, times have changed: several serious political experts have said there is a chance the Demmies will suffer big losses or even lose the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said that 2010 will be an extremely tough election for Democrats.

There are 49 seats currently held by Democrats in districts that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) won in last year’s presidential election.

Biden said these House seats are Republicans “one shot” at breaking the Obama administration’s agenda. But if Democrats can hold on to those seats, “the dam is going to break,” he said, and a new era of bipartisanship will begin.

“All the hidden Republicans that don’t have the courage to vote the way they want to vote because of pressure from the party … it will break the dam and you will see bipartisanship,” Biden said.

Republicans welcomed the vice president’s assessment of the 2010 landscape.

“What didn’t seem possible just a few months ago, appears to be the topic of conversation even within the upper echelons of the Obama White House,” said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “It is interesting to hear Vice President Biden admit that the administration’s effort to double down on a partisan agenda of government takeovers could possibly mean the ‘end of the road’ for their political viability.”

Biden’s remarks fit in perfectly with how Republican party strategists would like to frame the upcoming elections and with how talk radio political hosts will want to frame it. The difference is: they now have confirmation that this will be a kind of Custers’ Last Stand to halt Obama-Biden plans.

More than ever 2010 seems like it’ll come down to which party can get its base out and win over independents. If Democrats continue to show dissension and disappointment, look for Republicans to make big gains — with a little help from a quote that now helps them frame the election their way. Of course, Biden’s quote can also be used by Democrats, but if Democrats face divisions due to disappointed liberals, then the argument that “it’s important to protect what we have and our agenda” will not be as forceful as the GOP’s “even Joe Biden says we can stop the Obama agenda if we can win back the House.”

Once again Biden’s comments are correct. But they are likely prove to be political foot-in-mouth since they undescore how the GOP is far from downsized or dead, as some experts have said. If it can pick off vulnerable Demcorats and either win back or get a big chunk back of the House, many analysts will want to hide or delete what they wrote the day after the Nov. 2008 national elections.

7 Comments

  1. Whoopee… Another politician says something used by another groups of politicians. Now we'll see Joe Biden face and hear his voice all over in the run-up to midterms. If Republicans do gain significantly in 2010, the incessant cries of victory will be heard around the mountaintops as well as Democrats' frustrations. The “President Obama” is toast meme will circulate furiously. President Obama will continue to be “Professor Obama” and “welcome vigorous debate”. Yada… yada… yada…

    YAWN!

    But hey, I love my country so I'll offer some insightful analysis: Biden gave red meat to Republicans. Good night and good luck.

  2. Joe,
    Seems like you're blowing up the significance of this quote. I don't see how it changes the Republican strategy or gives them anything they don't already have.

    I mean come on, it's common sense that winning seats away from the opposition will help your cause or harm theirs.

  3. Regardless of the strategy implications, the realistic response to Jokin' Joe has to be Well, d'oh!

    If people don't like what you do, they don't vote for you next time. It's supposed to be a clew, Joey.

    Regards,
    Ric

  4. The ABC article leads with the title

    Biden on 2010: If GOP Succeeds, It’s ‘The End of the Road for What Barack and I Are Trying to Do’

    So is Biden adopting the Rush Limbaugh strategy and hoping for GOP failure?

  5. If the RNC builds commercials around Biden's ill-advised comments, they will run out of dough in short order.

  6. Honestly I don't see the quote as a big deal. Everyone knows that the more Republican seats the more Obama will be forced to move away from the far left on issues. Thats why the smart play for Obama would be to move for the center now, before the center shifts further right, instead of hanging out with the Liberal wing of his own party.

  7. Sadly, Obama seems still to be aligning himself with liberal Democrats such as the loonies in the House.

    The NEA and “arts community” propaganda stunt (more health care desperation?) didn't help him, either.

    The main thing is that the GOP remains dysfunctional and sidelined (by the Dems in Congress, not only due to being lackluster themselves) and that more lib Dem lunacy will anger the public but won't guarantee another 1994.

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