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. Melissa

    Yeah well, the Republicans have shown a total unwillingness to work with anyone. I'd rather President Obama got things done without the party than continue to try to please them. He's doing the right thing.

    September 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. DSW

    It takes two to Tango – so how can you 'dance' with someone who just pretends to want to but actually won't, ever – and actually just wants you to invite them so they can embarrass you by saying NO???

    September 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Can anyone cite any real examples of bipartisanship on Obama's part besides inviting a few token Republicans to his Superbowl party? This line was entirely for the election. The only way Obama will become bipartisan is by big republican gains in the 2010 elections. If he's forced to work with Republicans (as Clinton had to) maybe some reasonable things can get done. Let's not forget that the often quoted Clinton surpluses happened with a Republican Congress, and Congress are the guys who actually set the budget.

    September 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    That is because congress is primarily democratic and democrats are notorious for needing someone to provide for them as well as guide them and tell them what to do. Obama is not my leader. Republicans will work with anyone that doesn't say, it's my way or no way. I won't work with democrats either. I refue to give in to their government rin agencies and control.

    September 22, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. united

    money for war but no money for health care. in other words money for taking life but no money for healing life. shame, shame

    September 22, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Tim

    Boss Obama. Why the demotion, I thought he was Messiah Obama.

    September 22, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Diane

    Typical Republican response. Obama is only tough if he's doing what the Republicans want and going against his own party. Americans want a public option!!!!

    September 22, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Tim

    Notice how Obama sent out a warning for the US to be on the lookout for non-existent terrorists fighting the non-existent war on terror, looking to cause havoc in sports stadiums or hotels.

    September 22, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. www.healthcareforamericanow.org

    If Senate Democrats don't want to lose big time in 2010, they should jettison Baucus's "Insurance Industry Profit Preservation and Enhancement Act."

    I have made contributions to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and to Rob Miller of South Carolina for Congress, but reduced the amount I sent to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

    I sent the money to *Health Care for America NOW!* instead.

    After decades of letting private sector interests create huge problems in our health care system, we need real reform. THIS REFORM – OR FAILURE OF REFORM – WILL AFFECT US FOR DECADES TO COME.

    September 22, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Ganesh

    True, but president might be more successful at bi-partisanship if average american knows what is going on in Washington. I do think though that media outlets like CNN should help the president out, not by being biased like MSNBC (I tend to agree with them coz I am liberal but they are biased) or FOX but by calling out all the lies propogated by Republicans (and some Democrats) and spreading lot of information and helping people make an informed choice. Having Anderson Cooper go down to Afghanistan and do reports on it is an excellent idea AFTER health care reform debate is over. I think CNN needs to do better job of spreading information on many issues like Financial Reform, Health Care, Climate Change Bill in depth rather than letting all the sides parrot their talking points.

    September 22, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Faye

    Republicans only continue to tell all the same lies they have always told; that lowering taxes on the rich will create jobs and the middle class and poor will benefit from it; that a single payer health system will put the government between doctors and their patients, and on and on they go regardless whether or not they are spreading lies. They speak to the less intelligent among us and spread fear of government when Medicare works better than any of the private insurance plans. I am on Medicare and have absolutely no problems with it nor does anyone else that I know. Yet, I hear horror stories about private insurance plans. I really don't know why we need a Republican Party. What do they ever do for the average American?

    September 22, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. A Strong Republican

    All I 've sen from Obama is tax increases for the middle class. All Obama stands for is socialism and helping the workless low class.

    September 22, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi

    Boss Obama?

    What a joke!

    The "JOKER's" accomplishments to date:

    (A) Quadrupled the BUSH deficit in 7 months. Yeah, that sounds good.

    (B) Increased UNEMPLOYMENT. We were better last November.

    (C) WASTED tax payer money on over 9000 PORK projects when the joker promised no more pork.

    Yeah, I real impressed with OBUMMER, NOT!!!!

    September 22, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. DonnaLee

    Herds need to be driven ... especially if there are lots of slow-witted pachyderm members holding up the parade.

    September 22, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. jrzshor

    i remember learning that the president is not the boss of congress. that they are equal partners with the super court. did i learn wrong?

    September 22, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Debby

    Please give Borger a permanent vacation she sounds like she needs it after reading this stupid article.

    September 22, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. jon

    You should call him "bully Obama", because he is doing exactly what he wants with total disregard for anthing that the Republicans have to say. It's clear that President Obama has no use for conservatives.

    September 22, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Peter

    I have no problem with Republicans but I have a problem with their short memory!. They started wars which they couldn't finish tanked the economy yet they are the worst noise makers when it comes to the economy. Remember its you republics who extended socialism to the big corporations while singing the hymns of capitalism to the masses. I think even if Christ was the president today you could still be opposing him!!

    September 22, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. table-leg

    but who knew that all the time the white establishment of the republican party was the wolve in sheeps clothing. ie; j. "stone in your shoe " boehener. who said his mission was to get the gavel out out of pelosi's hand. dr. evil.... this election shocked the nation that obama and his band of [white men ] and small circle of black ffolks got him into 1600...penn. letting them devils know w/ god all things are possible . the devil now that obama's in the white house has gone ballistic.. and we are witnessing just what evil is all about.

    September 22, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. YBM

    Sounds like borger needs to read the constitution and learn about the checks and balances.

    September 22, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Hammerer

    Boss Obama could go on national TV and make a speech and explain Healthcare to the American voters and tell them that all of the Democratic candidates that supports him will support all of his agenda and surely the Dems can keep control of Washington.

    September 22, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. roger

    It is next to impossible to have bipartisanship when the rep's have announced they want the pres. to fail, and that they are waiting for the "great white hope" to appear! No matter how many repub. ammendments to the health bill are adopted, they are not going to support it as long as they are in the pockets of the ins. industry. They don't seem to care how much good it would do, or if it is the best thing for the public, they are going to try to ruin the bill to prove they can!

    September 22, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Mark

    No we need a new congress and new president.

    September 22, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Mark Nigeria

    For our sake, the prez must quit courting the anti-american republicans and do what's right for the country. It's the 'fierce urgency of now!"

    September 22, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    All about control, control, control.

    September 22, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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