Vice President Joe Biden said tonight he's confident that passing healthcare reform will help Democrats in 2010.
While Biden acknowledged in an interview with ABC that Democrats would "suffer traditional losses that occur in an off-year election," he argued that the media has overhyped the Republicans' chances.
"I think they're going to be a heck of a lot less than all of you think," the VP said.
Biden also predicted that the economy would be gaining between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs per month by the time November rolls around.
The Veep acknowledged that Democrats have complained that the White House has flubbed the politics of reform.
"They say, well, Joe, look, man, I mean, you know, you guys haven't messaged this very well... And you know, this thing has gone on so long," he said.
His response to nervous lawmakers, he said, is that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating."
"If you really want to make sure that you get the benefit of what you've already done, vote for the bill," he said.