In another sign that Democrats are worried that the 2014 midterm elections may resemble the 2010 midterms in which the Tea Party movement gave the GOP historic gains, Vice President Joe Biden sent out a fundraising email Sunday imploring Democrats to donate to prevent more conservatives like Ted Cruz from getting elected.
Biden and Cruz (R-TX) may be rivals for the presidency in 2016, and Biden’s email on behalf of the Democratic National Committee a day before the end of the fundraising quarter warned supporters, “We could lose.”
“Losing will mean more senators like Ted Cruz, and more Tea Party Republicans in the House,” he writes in the email.
Claiming that he is not engaging in hyperbole, Biden urges supporters to chip in $3 before the fundraising deadline to help Democrats because “the deadline tomorrow is among the most important.”
“If we wake up on Tuesday and find out we came up short, we’re in bad shape for November – that is not hyperbole,” Biden writes.
As the Washington Examiner notes, Democrats have been lagging behind Republicans in fundraising this year. In addition, polls have shown the Republicans, especially those that identity with the Tea Party, are more enthusiastic about the midterms than Democrats. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 76% of Tea Party Republicans are enthusiastic about the midterms compared to only 36% of Republicans who do not identify with the movement.
Republicans need to gain a net of six seats to get back control of the Senate, and statistician Nate Silver recently gave the GOP a 60% chance of doing so at this time.
As Breitbart News has reported, if Republicans take back control of Congress, the battle between Tea Party conservatives and the Republican establishment may intensify, as the grassroots conservatives who provided the votes will demand more conservative policy solutions from Republicans in Washington.