2010 Election

Joe Biden Clarifies 'Stop Whining' Remark To Democratic Base: 'It's Time To Just Buck Up'


Vice President Joe Biden has never been one to hold his tongue, and his supporters have in the past celebrated his loose lips, which have given us many memorable moments, like the instantly infamous "BFD" remark about health care.

Biden's latest comment, however, may not be endearing: while at a fundraiser Monday for New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes, who's running for Senate, Biden insisted that the Democratic base needs to "stop whining" about failed legislation, like health care's mythical "public option" and, I'm sure, gay rights.

The politico later appeared on MSNBC's latest show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, to get, well, the last word. He may have ended up digging himself deeper. "There's some on the Democratic base, not the core of it, that are angry because we didn't get every single thing they want," explained the vice president. "We've got a health care bill... But because there was no public option, some of them are so angry, they say, we're not going to participate. They should stop that."

Biden went on to insist, "Those who don't get -- didn't get everything 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."

The Vice President definitely has a point: even if Democrats are upset, aren't they disregarding their American duty if they choose to ignore the ballot box this November, thus leaving a vacuum for opposing parties?

Watch Biden explain himself, AFTER THE JUMP...

Relevant discussion begins around the 11:20 mark, or so.

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  1. The fact that Obama and Biden clearly do not understand the apathy and anger from their base is a bad sign. They are so out of touch and apparently it's what happens when you move into the White House.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 28, 2010 1:40:05 PM

  2. The Democrats DESERVE to loose Congress...I wish the House would stay Democratic but the SENATE deserves to loose. Gutless and corporate bought hacks.
    And I'm a registered Democrat.
    I mean what do we have to fear?
    Obama still has veto power.
    Or do you think he's too gutless to use it in the last two years before the election of 2012.

    This President has hid behind the 60 vote Senate as an excuse for everything now lets see what kind of a leader he really is and whether he deserves the nomination let alone a second term.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Sep 28, 2010 3:50:22 PM

  3. Bitch bitch bitch. Fine. Don't vote for the Democrats. Apparently many of us have grown nostalgic for a Republican controlled Congress. Sure, let's fight round two of the culture wars in the minority party. Throw in the likes of Sharron "Second Amendment Remedies" Angle, Rand "I don't like the Civil Rights Act" Paul, and Christine "anti-masturbation witchcraft" O'Donnell and these next few years are going to be quite a tea party.

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Sep 28, 2010 3:54:19 PM

  4. @mcNnyc: A loose Congress would sure as hell be entertaining. How loose do you expect them to get after the midterms if the Democrats lose?

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Sep 28, 2010 4:24:54 PM

  5. Funny coming from a party that caves on everything.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Sep 28, 2010 4:56:24 PM

  6. The American homosexual has never had it so good.

    So, there is no legal gay marriage, or LGBTs can't openly serve in the military!

    Shut up and support the Democrats, or face the consequences of a Tea Party Republican majority all across the land!

    Posted by: Sami in Vancouver | Sep 29, 2010 5:56:58 AM

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