October 7th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Borger: Republicans don't really want to work with Obama

Gloria Borger says President Obama is trying to fix problems that have gone untouched for decades.
Gloria Borger says President Obama is trying to fix problems that have gone untouched for decades.

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "Campbell Brown," "AC360°" and "State of the Union With John King" as well as other programs during special event coverage.

(CNN) - In my next life, I'd like to be an opposition party leader. What fun to go to work every day knowing you will always be right, largely because your ideas will remain untested.

So you propose theories to your heart's content, with vague plans and proposals guaranteed to make any voter smile. If we were in charge, you sing, the people would have tax cuts! More money in their pockets! And no deficits! But more jobs!

And, oh, what about the great pleasure of taking on the poor guy who won? On any particular day, the president is either a socialist (health care), a captive of environmental greenies (climate change) or a dithering commander in chief who disagrees with his generals and can't make up his mind (Afghanistan). Name-calling. Can't beat that for a job.

All the while, you - the "serious" opposition - continue to intone to the public "we want to work with him, of course."

Of course, you don't.

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  1. Mike in MN

    If Obama were to move to the center he might find some Republicans there. Right now Obama is hanging out on the far left, he won't find any Republicans there. For those who pay attention, there has been a fair number of Republicans working with Blue Dog Democrats on several issues. But Obama has shown very little interest in working with the Blue Dogs of his own party either, nor has Pelosi. And the DNC who Obama should be the leader of even runs attack adds against Blue Dogs and threatens to oust them if they don't fall in line with the liberal left of the party, same place Obama is hanging out.
    If Obama won't work with the Blue Dogs, it is fair to say he has no interest in working with Republicans.

    October 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Bush never asked for help from the Dems, he strong armed ALL the Repubs to get in line like the simple minded followers they are. Not an independent thinker in the bunch, Bush/Cheney just promised them lots of pork and they did the Bush/Cheney bidding.
    Then Bush/Cneney would run around whinning how if you weren't "wit us – yer agin us". Trying to make everyone and anyone who had a different opinion into a traitor, all the while that's exactly what Bush and the evil Dick were/are.

    October 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. James

    After taking control of the House in 2006 — and again when President Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) boasted that lawmakers would work four or five days a week to bring change to America.

    But midway through Obama’s first year in office, Hoyer’s House has settled into a more leisurely routine. Members usually arrive for the first vote of the week as the sun sets on Tuesdays, and they’re usually headed back home before it goes down again on Thursdays.

    October 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Scott

    Most of the GOP wants to ruin America more with their arrogant policies, because they are bought off. Why don't these Republicans put their combat boots on, grab their socks and head to Afghanistan and bring the troops home and fight in their place since they love the war so much. This way they can prove they are true Americans. Give this message to each Republican representative that don't want the best for America!! Don't let them lie to you!!

    October 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. T Mckinley

    My dear Ms. Borger,

    It's taken you THIS long to finally realize that Republicans don't have ANY intention of working with our President.

    Their ONLY interest is destroying him politically.

    Frank Schaeffer, the son of religious-right activist Francis Schaeffer, wrote an article for the Huffington Post at the beginning of Obama's Presidency telling the President that Republicans absolutely hate him and are out to destroy him. You can read the article by searching Franck Schaeffer's archive at the Huffington Post.

    This guy is an insider, he knows what he is talking about.

    October 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Sorta like when the Dem's didn;t want to work with Bush. Now it's turn around fair play I guess and by the way, why no news here on the SNL spoof of Obama the other night??

    October 7, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. JonDie

    Borger just figured that out? Republicans want our country to fail, Republicans want terrorists to successfully attack our country and kill our citizens, Republicans want anything, so matter how bad, to happen so our country...to help Republicans get back into power, where they can steal us blind and strip away our constitutional rights as citizens.

    October 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. obummer, 1 and done

    ut's not that they don't want to work with him, it's his ideas are bad and they don't want to be a party to bad ideas.

    If obummer would make a decision, come up with some good ideas, actually try bipartisanship rather than it's only bipartisan if you do it my way, then I believe the republicans would support him

    Much more than the dimocrats supported GWB's idea's or pelosi and reid would support anything that a republican brought to the table.

    October 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Obama has compromised on health care to the point where the entire bill has been amended/rewritten by the republicans. Result? Not a single republican vote! They'd vote down the bill even if it every single letter in it was written by a republican! It's useless! They deliberately are playing politics, even introducing procedural delays just to see this bill fail. And then at the end they'll still blame it on Obama for not doing anything, despite the fact that it was republicans who refused to compromise! Obama might be better off just completely ignoring the republicans from now on. Hey, that's what his predecessor did too! If it worked for Bush, why should Obama be criticized for using exactly the same tactics?

    October 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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