Written by Don Irvine - Accuracy In Media - AIM.org
From ABC News' Jake Tapper
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.
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.
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."
Democrats are clearly worried about their prospects in 2010 but few have said anything comparable to what Biden did about what would happen if the Republicans manage to make significant inroads next year.
Based on the lack of success of the Obama agenda thus far somehow warning that a GOP gain would doom it is probably not enough of an incentive to voters to maintain the status quo. After all Obama promised change and why should he stand in the way of change in 2010?
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