May 26th, 2010
12:14 PM ET
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Borger: Oil spill's danger for Democrats

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°" and "State of the Union," as well as participating in special event coverage.

Washington (CNN) – There was a theory, back in the day, that if the president could only pass health care reform, the glow of that victory would spur him on to better things: more wins, more credibility for the governing Democrats, more reasons to keep Democrats in power.

So much for that.

Right now, there's a hole in the Gulf. We watch it every day as it dumps who-knows-how-many-thousands of barrels of oil into the pristine water, endangering everything around it. Maybe the anti-government crowd thinks it's fine to wait for BP to fix it; most folks just want it fixed, period.

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  1. penny

    "During the campaign for president, Pres Obama never spoke of DRILL BABY DRILL, that was Mccain and Palin. This is just an example of their ATTITUDE not APTITUDE, because they would share solutions that would have prevented this from happening or what could be done if this occurred. They should not blame Pres Obama because he did not advocate "DRILL BABY DRILL ". Again Palin should use her MOUTH to go and bite a pitbull or the other animals in Alaska, instead of speaking and condeming Pres. Obama because he is using his tools: mouth and time to help the American people. Palin has no solutions for solving the problems with the oil spill in the Gulf . This is what she should use her time to do since she advocated DRILL BABY DRILL and clean up up her mess because these are her WORDS "

    May 26, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. J.T.

    You dumb, Sarah Palin thinking, teabagging nitwits need to stop blaming the President on every crisis that occurs in the world. It was you dumb ass teabaggers was yelling "DRILL, BABY, DRILL"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When did it become that BP stands for "Barack Problem?"

    May 26, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm confused. Is government supposed to be involved in big business or is it supposed to keep its nose out? Or is it more to do with who wants to complain and about what, as in Bush had his Katrina so Obama needs one, too?

    Also, if government gets involved, does that lessen BP's liability? I think its a little more complicated than people like Gloria Borger complaining at her convenience can actually comprehend, but that's just a guess.

    May 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    We'll be treated to very VERY shrill right wing blather abotu Obama on this because the info starting to come out about the behavior of MMS officials on the Bushtard's and GOP's watch is horrifying...it clearly supports the accusations that they were in bed with Big Oil all along....Haliburton, the whole 9 yards.

    That being said, I want to see Obama knocking some heads together ASAP. Get on the ball, Barry.

    May 26, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "As long as he can walk away smelling like a rose,it's ok with him."

    He can't, so your entire premise is faulty.

    May 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Larry

    Borger, there was a theory, back in the day, that people cared more about their country than a bunch of politicians.

    This spill isn't about politics. It's a catastropie caused by greed on the parts of BP, Transocean and Halliburton.

    If this spill goes on till August; if the top kill doesn't work, it could poison our whole ocean system.

    Maybe, at least, that will get rid of the corrupt politicians in Washington.

    May 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "Democrats can steer the attention away from this disaster in the Gulf if they repeal DADT either this week or next week."

    And there you have it. Create a diversion for political expediency... irrespective of what's good for the country. If that's not right from the democrat's handbook, I don't know what is.

    This is Obama's baby now... and he's failing miserably.

    May 26, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yeah enough of the blame games. Obama already ordered this mess to be fixed within days. BP kept trying to downplay the severity of the spill. If they can't fix it , we should drill for oil deep in the ocean any longer. Stop driving 5mpg gas hogs and using petrol to warm homes during the winter – might be a good start to reduce consumption.

    May 26, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    What is President Obama and the rest of the Democrats supposed to do??????????? Go to the GULF with STRAWS and SUCK UP the oil????? Come on now – all of the expoerts are working on this and NO ONE knows how to stop it..... That's the FACT!!!!

    We need to STOP DRILLING and that will solve the problem – that is all the President needs to do and he did.

    BP – with all of the experts from around the country – are working on it!!! Jeez!!! Take DRILL BABY DRILL down there and she what she can do???!!!!

    May 26, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    If the "public was rational", Obozo would not be President. But they are gradually gaining it day by day as they see what "change" they got!

    Hurry November 2010 & 2012. We have not a moment to spare....

    May 26, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. kyle from ohio

    GI Joe; could not say it any better

    May 26, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. sara

    No Gloria this only confirms what we DEMOCRATS has known for YEARS.......NOT regulating what they advocates! Remember DRILL BABY DRILL? The republicans has been in the pockets of OIL for DECADES and DIDN"T have a BACK-UP plan for a disaster like this. NO technology (they don't believe in schools) ..... FREE markets (without regulations)......this is just more confirmation of WHO has been running our country. By the way, where is Dick Cheney? In his Bunker I guess! Cat's got his tongue. Wasn't he the OIL man in the SECOND position of our country! I say Criminal Investigation, Mr. Holder. Stop being NICE and hold MSM and Cheney responsible for his BACK room deals. Cheney passed on equipment that would have made this impossible because the OIL MEN "said" it was TOO expensive. President Obama is right! Taxpayers DO NOT need to clean up a Wealthy Private Foreign Company's MESS! And the President has his Foot on BP neck! Good for him.

    May 26, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. saldunn

    You know there's been a lot of things that have happen within a year and half. However, everything that has happen in this country has somehow been Obamas and the Dems fault or they will lose the election in Nov if its not fix fast quick in a hurry. I don't buy that, This is the first time that I actually see congress working on issues that we face as americans. I I see is the Republican pundits and the politician worry about Nov. Why does anyone think anything was done in the last administration? Bush never did that much work during his eight years. And all I hear is wait until Nov. please give me a break. President do what you were elected to do fix the crap that was messed up by the Republicans becasue ppl remember the last eight years. God Bless these Republican pundits and their scrare tactics. Ppl don't like change but it is needed.

    May 26, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Marge

    Since the US government does not have the equipment and the capability to "fix" this leak and BP with IT"S equipment does, what does the public expect the administration to do. Jump in, put on wet suits and dive to the leak and fix it.

    I grant you Obama should have a press conference. Tell the American people that what they can do in this case, is, as they stated, put their top scientist on the job, ask assistance from scientist around the world. They should know we do not have oil rigging equipment, oil drilling equipment and the like but every bit of assistance that they are capable of is being given to BP. That they only have to ask and the government will give it.

    This is a manufactured action by the republicans to put the government responsible for this leak not being fixed. Why don't republicans tell the American people that they continue to block congress' efforts to raise the cap that BP is responsible for to pay for this leak. The republicans want to under charge BP and let the American taxpayer pick up most of the cost. If I were the Democrats I would have press conference after press conference telling that the republicans are taking turns in blocking legislation to raise the cost that BP is to be responsible and to try to stop them from charging the American taxpayer.

    So this message as per usual will be sitting and awaiting moderation. But I am posting it in other news programs blogs so CNN can play Fox all they want and BLOCK this but it is getting posted.

    May 26, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Enrique

    "The public is rational," ... well, some of the time. You better take Psychology 100 before uttering such fuzzy generalities. As for who's to blame for the spill–how about those Americans who want endless, cheap oil and won't reduce, reuse, recycle and restore as well as those who issue permits to companies without enforcing the required safety measure?

    May 26, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Jon

    Republicans are all about personal responsibility until one of their oil company sponsors screws up. Then it's suddenly the government's fault, and why isn't the government doing more?

    Spill baby, spill.

    May 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. geecee

    Exactly how and why will the Democrats suffer the consequences of this oil spill, Gloria? You should know the rules and regulations put in place were there when the previous administration was in office. The MMA (Minerals and Mines Agency) was staffed under Bush's Administration. What exactly has Obama not done to stop the oil spill? He is letting BP work on it since they have the know-how (supposedly) and the equipment. Do you want him to create another agency to take care of it? You Repubs would like an expansion of government, to be sure!! Isn't the Coast Guard, the Dept. of the Interior and Dept. of Energy enough to handle the crisis? But they don't have the equipment like BP does so how exactly do you want them to take care of the problem??

    May 26, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    How conveeeenient! Blame Obama for something that was basically set in motion by Halliburton and Dick Cheney. Cheney and his secret meetings with oil companies to write America's energy policy resulted in this well not having the proper device in place to shut off the flow if it blew. why? because it was too much of an expense at about a half million dollars! and how much is this spill going to cost BP and us? billions! but of course, the haters are looking for anything to blame on Obama, who's been engaged with this disaster from DAY ONE! just because every action he takes isn't broadcast on tv, the idiots think he's ignoring it. we need to stop listening to morons like Angus McDugan who all they can do is spew hate as toxic as what's coming from that well!

    May 26, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. malabar

    a year and some months into this administration and they are not to b held accountable bcuz it was the previous administrations fault? ok, so since 9/11 happened a mere 9 months into Bush's 1st term i guess its officially Clinton we have to blame. also nice how Obama ignored the Nashville flood, i guess he just doesnt like white people. people tend 2 respect leaders who do more than read a script off a teleprompter and blame every1 else for the incompetence of his adm. btw, Obama sure did go in there and do a whole lot 4 the still recovering New Orleans hahaha! he is a fraud and his followers are ignorant, hateful, hypocrites. ;-)

    May 26, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Capt. Snarky

    Hell yeah it's Obama's baby, and the Democrats by default. The only public official getting his feet dirty is Bobby Jindal – a REPUBLICAN......

    You do the math...........

    May 26, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. sheena clark canada

    Amazes me. Tea Party and right wing all cry smaller gov't, less gov't but every time there is a major problem – ie Immigration, oil spill etc – who do you expect to solve the problem (and usually overnight) and who is blamed – the government!! and your President!!

    May 26, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Tony

    Instead on trying to push through his health care bill (which the majority of Americans didn't want), Obama should have looked into the lack laws his supporters are blaming on this oil spill. Once again, its on his watch right. What's he doing about it now, because we know what he didn't do before the accident.

    May 26, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. seawife

    No way! It is way to easier to put the blame on someone else. What's your excuse, Miss Borger.

    May 26, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Stymie

    I think the 9.9% unemployment will have a bigger impact.

    May 26, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama makes me sick.... he will somehow blame this on Bush and not take accountability for anything. This is HIS problem....and so far, I have seen NOTHING..

    May 26, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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