A little bit of Biden for your Saturday.
Here’s the Vice President telling the Netroots audience that years ago, he was branded a socialist in Delaware for saying healthcare was a right. But because of all of the work of liberals and progressives, healthcare reform happened.
Here is a report from Sarah Jones:
Vice President Biden, “I remember being branded a socialist running in Delaware because I said healthcare was a right, not a privilege. You made that happen!… Because of you, you gave me so much help in administrating the Recovery Act. Progressive government did and does have a role in the economic well being of the American people, so thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“It’s about passion, believing what you say. There is no reason to be in this business unless you know what you believe and are willing to risk for it.”
Winding down, Biden quietly told the crowd, “I’m here to say just one thing, we need you, I need you, the country needs you.”
The outspoken Vice President closed with, “Never bet against America, it’s never a good bet.”
The Vice President’s point that Republicans have been calling Democrats socialists is important, because it is a reminder that Republicans have been extreme for a long time. They are more vocal during the Obama years, but what they are saying is nothing new. This is significant because the Republican leopard is trying to change its spots in 2014.
Republican extremists who are running for Senate are following the 2010 model of disguising an extreme agenda with moderate tones. The way that Democrats will hold on to their Senate majority is by voting. It is unrealistic to expect Democrats to turn out in big numbers like they do in presidential years.
Democrats don’t need huge numbers. Success requires just a small uptick over 2010. If enough people on the left listen to what the vice president is saying, Democrats have a good chance of keeping control of the Senate.