Just in time for the 2010 elections, centrist Democrats have a message for disengaged, apathetic or apoplectic Democrats:
“Those who didn’t get anything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better, continue to move forward, but not yield the playing field to those folks who are against everything that we stand for in terms of the initiatives we put forward,” Biden said last night when appearing on the debut of Lawrence O’Donnell’s new show on MSNBC.
Biden said Democrats maybe “didn’t get every single thing they want” on big issues like health care, but said the reform bill that’s taking effect now was an “incredibly significant move that’s progressive and helping people.” He said people were upset health care didn’t include a public option, but said that if Republicans win this fall, “they are going to repeal health care.”
“This is a choice,” Biden said.
That’s true. And I’ve always said that political choices are always the choice of the lesser of evils (right Ara?). And I suspect that tried and true, politically-engaged liberals will make that choice on November 2nd, in spite of “not getting everything they wanted”. The problem for Democrats will be what happens to Obama ’08 voters who otherwise get their politics with the sound turned off. It’s a meta problem, a bigger problem than this election and a centrist problem that afflicts the Democratic Party and the nation.