September 22nd, 2009
05:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Borger: Congress needs 'Boss Obama'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First of all, let me stipulate that, as a purelypolitical matter, I take no issue with President Obama's concern that Democrats could take a shellacking in 2010.

I have no problem with his political aides recruiting candidates and nudging (er, pushing) others aside, such as New York Gov. David Paterson. And it's a good idea that they're paying attention to redistricting fights in
statehouses.

Boss Obama isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's a good thing. Of course, there is that small matter of post-partisan Obama. Remember that guy? He's the candidate who wanted to take us beyond red states and blue states. He wanted to work with Republicans, not simply defeat them.

It was always a leap of faith, this notion that somehow partisanship could be swept aside in a Congress populated by members elected in increasingly partisan districts. Or that, because of Obama's considerable powers of persuasion and popularity, Republicans would decide to join hands with their Democratic brethren to find solutions to our toughest problems.

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  1. msabena

    republicans are always standing at the back door- waiting for any crumb of unrest they can chew up and throw up in the mouths of their disturbed flock. what a nest of pariahs and hate mongerers! how about giving this President a real chance! It isn't like he had a real class act to follow!

    September 22, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Hmm

    Obama has never been a "boss" of anything. He simply doesn't know how. Rather, he rides his unicorn, proclaiming some mythical hope and change.

    September 22, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Loup Garou 782

    The great Himself (obama) was never about bipartisanship. And it appears that Borger along with the previous comments by all those who get tingly legs at the mention of his name are in the mood for a dictator. Sadly, at the rate we are going it could happen before they realize what they have wrought upon the nation when they voted for and elected that thing.

    September 22, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. jimbo

    When the republican leadership is not even invited to participate, how can they be bi-partisan? I read today that there has been over 500 changes to the Baucus bill. Wouldn't you think that after maybe 300 you could figure out it ain't gonna happen?

    September 22, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. JS007

    Obama's policies are already middle of the road – it's not like he's trying to implement single-payer health care. It's not like he's trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (what is needed). The problem is that the right wing only wants things done their way and refuse to compromize AT ALL. The "public option" is already a HUGE compromise on Obama's part.

    September 22, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. G28

    Congress needs to be flexible...if they really wanted to compromise and be bipartisan then they should pick leaders who are moderate (such as Tim Holden in the House and Joe Lieberman in the Senate) instead of ultra liberal people (Pelosi and Reid, yuck!).

    By picking those leaders the Democrats and President Obama are communicating that they don't give a cr*p about the independents or the republicans.

    The situation is sad, very sad.

    September 22, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Like it or not, Obama is the President of the US. All of us. He's not President just of the Democrats; he's not President of just the Liberals.

    And a majority of Americans, 53%, as of today's Rasmussen, do no want Obamacare.

    There may be some kind of health care tinkering a majority of us can agree on–finding that compromise is Obama's job at the moment.

    September 22, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. Georgia

    Why is Borger against the Public Option? Has the Insurance juggernaut taken a hold of Borger and CNN with their money also?

    Middle Class American's (actually all American's except the rich – now including Borger?) need the Public Option as a Choice that leads to more affordable health care and coverage for ALL!

    So please stop the non-public option on American's that NEED IT! Plain and simple!

    September 22, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. harold

    You just got a tax decrease.. whats the matter you forget it already.. Or do you want a tax decrease one every minute of the ? Its your money you know.. How about it.. just take it all.. Then you gonna vote for who?

    September 22, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Simmy

    Mention your name and brown brothers crawl out on cue.....Let everything around US change.....But don't you change, sir... You exude class, charisma, and courage.....Traits so needed in our great US of A today.....

    Let the smurfs continue to be themselves....You can't change their color......Always rise above the fray.....We're blessed to have you.....

    September 22, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Rick

    Faye, you might want to brush up on your economic theory classes. Its not just the rich that benefit when taxes are reduced. Businesses and corporations also benefit thus enabling them to hire more people and pay higher salaries. You may not realize it but just because someone is considered rich it is not a crime. I guess you are in heaven with Obama's push for socialism. However, there has never been a society that thrived when you take from one group and GIVE it to another. You my dear are an idiot.

    September 22, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. erika morgan

    The desperate party of intractable NO completely disrespecting the average people is faithfully writing an even larger loss for themselves in 2010. I guess I need to remind some of its constituents that the "low class" under paid minimum wage guy is still the engine that runs the American economy and it is the basic neglect of this engine and its needs that has beached the economic ship of state causing economic collapse.

    The only way to re-float our economy is to begin to take an interest in basic maintenance for average and below average Americans, this is going to take a concerted financial input. Every long ignored engine costs more to recondition then it would have cost to keep up the regular maintenance. But at this point the choice is simple, recondition or throw in the towel and give up economic leadership forever in favor of the emerging world. It happened to the British where the sun never sat on the union jack and now it is the stars and stripes turn to be eclipsed economically.

    September 22, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Wanda in Florida

    The president has tried to work with republicans but they continue to spit in his face. His campaign platform also included health care reform which will be passed with or without republicans !

    September 22, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    The world is not black vs. white and nothing between. Open up your mind and see beyond only two colors. It looks like Congress may be ready to follow the leader. Congress didn't even know he has been leading them.

    September 22, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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