“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.
Republicans need to pick up 40 seats next November to take back control of the House.
There are 49 seats currently held by Democrats in districts that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) won in last year’s presidential election.
Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, responds to Biden's remarks, stating "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. 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."
A couple things to consider about Biden's remarks.
Yesterday, the top two things listed below were reported, here and here.
*Yesterday's Gallup reported that 57 percent of Americans believe that the Government is already doing "too much
*Foreign media is portraying Obama's White House as timid, clumsy and only showing short term calculations and that Obama is the "weakest" president since Jimmy Carter
*Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House and if Democrats lose 41 seats in 2010, she loses her gavel as they lose the majority and according to Gallup as of June, Pelosi's approval ratings continued to spiral down.
Pelosi's current image rating is more negative than positive by a 16 percentage point margin: 34% favorable and 50% unfavorable. Six months ago about equal percentages held favorable and unfavorable views of her.
Considering how Nancy Pelosi has jammed through every Obama policy she could, and done so in the most partisan way possible, her losing her gavel is more incentive for Independents, Moderates and Republicans to fight hard to replace her.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider in this news is whether Biden's words will backfire on the Obama White House.
Blue Dog Democrats understand that the majority of their members were voted in to conservative districts and how easily going against their constituent's wishes can cost them any chance of reelection.
In trying to unite them behind Obama's political agenda, Joe Biden might have just given them even more reason not to back Obamacare against their constituents wishes, not to authorize and vote on any more spending of monies our country does not have, not to back more taxes on the American public and not to stand too closely to Obama's politics, lest they be painted with the same socialist brush, which would give their voters a reason to toss them right out of their jobs.