July 29th, 2010
08:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Obama, Congress on different planets

Gloria Borger is CNN’s senior political analyst.
Gloria Borger is CNN’s senior political analyst.

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 events coverage.

Washington (CNN) - It's not easy being a Democrat these days.

All that hope and optimism just 17 months ago, and now Democrats are scrambling to try and keep their congressional majorities.

Republicans, who have become professional critics, are finding that saying no is a winning strategy, at least in the short term. When voters are asked which party's candidate they would prefer to vote for, they now say the GOP by 5 points. In 2008, it was the Democrats who were the favorites by a whopping 10 points.

Those were the good ol' days for the Democrats.

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  1. michael

    you pundits kill me with your dramatic journalism that has very little to do with facts. Before the election all you were saying it would take years for the effects of this recession to abate, jobs would be slow in coming etc. Now you are all acting like the rest of the dumb citizens of this country, why hasn't everything been fixed.

    I long for the days of honest journalism, the dan rathers and chet huntley. The current crop of reporters isn't worth the paper their "journalism degrees" are printed on.

    By all means folks vote for the ones that started this mess in the first place, especially since they have offered no solutions except to continlue tax cuts for the rich, by all means vote them back in, no wonder the europeans laugh at us lol.

    July 29, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. thor

    The smartest sentence in this entire story is "THE PROBLEM IS POLICY,NOT PERSONALITIES" If Obama was not dead set on forming this socialist utopia and was focused more on putting people back to work he would probably turn the negative image of his party around.

    July 29, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. ST

    The questions the voters should ask themselves are: Why did they vote GOP out then? Why should they vote them in now? Is the game of back and forth worthy? Will GOP (if voted in again) now do what they were not able to accomplish before voted out? If not, will voters regret again?

    July 29, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    There is only so long that the American people will sand for elected officials to govern against their will until America votes in a new set of politicians and hope they are any different.

    As screwed up as we believe it to be, America is the best country on the planet. Maybe that is why we are great. We constantly demand things to be better than they currently are.

    July 29, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. sister of a soldier

    There is no doubt that the hard working americans are extremely unhappy with an administration of deceit and reckless spending. I am appalled at the dems lack of desire to enforce our laws, the repeal of the Freedom of Information Act for the SEC, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and waiting to hear what else they hid in the Finance Reform law we don't know about. It is a scarry time for this country and I personally am seeing the beginning of the double dip recession. All the tax placed on smaller businesses, the very people who create jobs, is causing an additional 60 layoffs plus a 25% paycut. I can hardly wait to see what happenes when health care hits Jan 1! Smaller businesses will collapse. I now understand why jobs go off shore. We need to save this country and oust dems and this president!

    July 29, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Blaum

    ..."cutting taxes for the wealthy without paying for it"

    see.... this is what the democrats don't understand....

    you don't pay for a tax-cut.... when you comprehend this idea.. you will then be educated enough to run the country....

    July 29, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Get A Grip

    Start packing you America destroying Democrats...You're about to be FIRED!

    July 29, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Gil

    I'm one of those who want to hear a lot more "Yeses!' and a lot less "No's." The reason being is that the republicans, Party Of No, are out to ruin Obama at all levels and don't care if they vote against helping Americans. I find them disgusting and the more they vote No the madder I get!

    July 29, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Duane Dillon

    Too bad the democrats fell all over themselves to support the democrat president's socialistic philosophies – a black man at that to tickle their main constituency – rather than thinking for themselves and supporting the US Constitution first like they are sworn to do. I hope they are all outta there in Nov because they have no principles of their own; they just follow blindly over the cliff.

    July 29, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is most definitely not in the real world.

    July 29, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. aneanderthal

    Although Borger clearyl has a liberal bent (gee, imagine that at CNN) she is for the most part right. The liberal majority in congress has failed the working people of America badly while taking care of the union masters, and an inept, corrupt president has quite consistently gone against the will of the American people, and has wasted trillions of dollars paying back the people who actually control him at the same time failing and actually harming the hard working American taxpayer. I actually used to be a democrat before the nutwing took over the party and perhaps since the democrats will be out of power for decades after the twin debacles of the last four years of Congress and the one term of the Obama administration, perhaps we can get a new type of democratic party.

    July 29, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Joan

    The pundits need to get out of Washington for a while. They are too absorbed in the hype, polls and their own opinions. After having vacationed in the US and having friends and relatives there, I don't see all this distrust and negativity that we hear on some TV channels. I think the general public is smarter than you think and know that it is the Democrats who have been working very hard on their behalf and the Republicans have been doing everything possible to make them, and therefore the country, fail. Maybe if some of the governors and lawmakers in red states would use the stimulus money properly to create jobs in their states, the unemployment statistics would be better. I wish somebody would check on that.

    July 29, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...Republicans, who have become professional critics, are finding that saying no is a winning strategy..."

    Actually – NO it is not!!! They are winning within their party and their strategy will BACKFIRE!!!

    July 29, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Anne P

    Yes, isn't it crazy what short term memories and the need for instant gratification has done to our country? Some of us, however, will never never forget who got us in this mess and it wasn't the Dems, at least not for the most part. Wake up, people, you want to feed our country back to the wolves? If so, middle America needs to stop whining and hang on; it'll be another ride to the fringe where big business wins over you and me. The media is largely responsible for playing on the fear the GOP likes to spin. We the people are the lemmings who often follow. This mess is huge, will it be solved in 4 yrs.? Probably not. Would McCain/Palin done a better job for middle Americans? I shutter to think! No ideas or solutions (GOP) does not make a wise choice for our future just because you're pissed and want instant solutions to the mess THEY created in the first place.

    July 29, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. I just don't know Kansas

    The world was handed to the Democratic Party on a silver platter. They controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. What did they do with it? They Blew it and blew it big time. After 8 years of Bush and 6 years of Republican control, the American people were looking for Adult leadership and behavior. What we got instead is the Key Stone Kops. Common sense has no place, nor do the desires of the American people. But don't get me wrong the Republicans have done nothing to cheer about, they could have played the graceful losers and declared nonpartisan support to work though the problems facing the nation, but rather they chose the course of no cooperation. So instead of gaining insight and reflective concerns from the right and the left which should have created a compromise in the center, instead we have seen going on two years of three year old not wanting to share their toys and play together. Unfortenently in todays society there is no one to given them a swat of the bottom of thier pants and told to knock it off, nor is there anyone to give them a time out and sit them in the corner until they agree to play together.

    July 29, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Naqib

    With the Arizona debacle... it will only get worse.

    Get ready for the "REMEMBER ARIZONA" bumper stickers. When the current congress and Whitehouse refuse to help a state and then sue them for trying to help themselves... well... right or wrong... the people will remember... and although we have short memories... 100 days isn't very long...

    REMEMBER ARIZONA!

    July 29, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. William C. Alexander

    Obama, Congress, Democrats they have all lost their minds even my 7 year old son can see the stupid way this country is being lead.

    July 29, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Where are the choices? Where do the American voters look to for relief from the out of control Congress and the size of the government and the size of the debt? Who do we trust? The Democrats? The GOP? No both of these parties are no longer representing the people. Both of these parties are bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation.

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    July 29, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Jeff

    Not a frequent commenting person, but somehow ( no way) I'd like the media to take stock of itself. The 24/7/365 cyclonic, clearly intentional by-lines and bait and wait and super-hype combative analyses, news and views and chatter opinions from the highly unqualified, self-validating and so-often ridiculous punditocracy are going to be the destruction of America. Nearly all of you have stooped to well-below "Star" and "Enquirer" levels of truth and veracity. Endless, contentious gossip and counter-gossip from the lower ranges of mindless and aimless controversy abound. God Forbid there could be a day of Peace. All of this is looking very much like a sacrifice of sanity for ratings and clicking and advertising and more than that: It's clearly PROPAGANDA, from the big Media and it's clearly going to destroy America. Just Who Are You People, Anyway? Clearly, Obama is not going to be allowed to be re-elected. But then, NO ONE could be re-elected with thousands and thousands of people and thousands and thousands of hours devoted to talking "heads" (I wonder) who chatter aimlessly. Then, the goals of the Illuminati have been met; the goals of big business media have been met, BUT, America, as a country, has been left UNGOVERNABLE in the doing. But, you just carry on, 'cause I'm sure the course is set. In your quiet moments though, don't be too proud of yourself. You should really be quite ashamed.

    July 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. w l jones

    If one poll the same people every day you get the same result.,there by poll is not reliable.

    July 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Lee Bartholomew

    Didn't quite expect the Democrats in congress to be at the Republicans beck and call... I would have thought they would do the right thing and gone with the Public option. Nope went right just to get biparisan in a non bipartisan atmosphere... It may cost them to go right but whether Republicans will get the votes remains to be seen. Mostly Tea party Guys out there. and those are fruits. If alot of them win, don't have have alot of worry in 2012. Would love to get this Tea Party crap out of the way then move on

    July 29, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Rob NY

    Gloria Borger is on a different planet if she thinks the Republicants have a winning strategy. She typically likes to be negative, glass half full.

    July 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. It's not easy being a Democrat these days

    short sighted aren't you

    I am not even blaming anyone

    I am simply remembering life before our current administration

    NEVER AGAIN CAN WE LET THE GOPers DO WHAT THEY DID TO THIS COUNTRY

    July 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Bobbie in Maryland

    As a proud Dem, I am still with our President 1000% and will work to keep our majority in Congress and for the President's agenda...in toto!

    July 29, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Steve in CT

    Obama and Congress may, as she says be on different planets but most Democrat law makers are like lemmings, the rodents that follow eachother in suicide jumps to their deaths off cliffs. They're followers of "Big Brother" to the end. They're representing Obama rather than the voters they're supposed to be representing. Following him results in his agenda and nothing about fufilling campaign promises. "Fool my once shame on you." "Fool me twice, shame on me." Don't be fooled by them a second time, voters. Flush them and start with someone who'll represent the voters.

    July 29, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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