The White House Admits The 2010 Elections Could Go Badly

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 22, 2009

Any surprise as to the identity of the person doing the admitting?

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.

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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.”

I have come to believe that Joe Biden sees himself not as a politician, but as a political commentator. This means that instead of viewing himself as a player on the political field, Biden thinks he is in the broadcast booth. And instead of filtering his language, Biden just calls what is on the field irrespective of how his comments help his team. That helps explain for me his comments at the Giffords fundraiser.

Of course, Biden is wrong. He is not a playcaller. He is a player. And he needs to filter his words as such. But he just cannot do it. Going off script as a politician and speaking as though he were a political commentator is just too deeply ingrained in his character. It makes for glorious amounts of entertainment, and it could actually serve a useful informational purpose. Assuming that the President doesn’t finally break down and order duct tape to be placed over Biden’s mouth–before sending him off to some undisclosed location–we can look to the Vice President’s comments as a kind of canary-in-the-coal-mine test for how the White House appears to perceive the state of play for the 2010 midterms. The more such alarmist comments the Vice President makes, the clearer the implication that the Obama Administration believes it may be facing a political apocalypse in the midterm elections.

In the meantime, we learn anew that if Joe Biden didn’t exist, we would have to invent him.

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